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Mata Hari is the very epitome of beauty and feminine seduction. Born Margaretha Zelle in the Netherlands, the dancer becomes a superstar in Paris at the dawn of the 20th century. As a courtesan she captivates the most influential men of her time. When World War I breaks out, Mata Hari travels around Europe … and fails to realise that the terrible war is ensnaring her too.

Who is this woman, who exerts a hold over our imagination to this very day? Did Mata Hari really betray secrets revealed to her by influential lovers in moments of weakness? Mata Hari is convicted by the French of spying for Germany, sentenced to death and hanged in October 1917. Then the star is transformed into a myth: the most famous and most beautiful spy of all time. The documentary "Mata Hari — The Beautiful Spy" tracks down her true story.