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The Spy Who Came in From the Cold

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The Spy Who Came In from the Cold

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
runtime:
112 minutes
performer:
Richard Burton, Claire Bloom, Oskar Werner
director:
Martin Ritt
distributor:
Paramount Pictures
author:
Paul Dehn, Guy Trosper
genre:
Mystery and Thriller, Drama

We gave it a B+

John le Carré’s best-selling novel became this intentionally bleak, black-and-white spy non-thriller about a moody British spy stationed in Cold War West Germany. Burton is sexily morose, and if director Martin Ritt (Hud, Norma Rae) plays down the suspense, he and his star nonetheless pull you into a fascinatingly crabbed, paranoid world. The EXTRAS on Criterion’s two-disc edition of The Spy Who Came in From the Cold include a superb new interview with le Carré, who talks with serene frankness about Burton having ”thrown a wobbly” (i.e., a fit of anger) and of the ”undying animosity” between the actor and Ritt. B+