Number of Times Seen – 1 (6 Oct 2016)
Brief Synopsis – A British spy tries to figure out whether the recent death of a government employee is murder or suicide.
My Take on it – I must admit that I’ve never really been the biggest fan of John le Carré work because I usually find the stories move too slowly.
This one really surprised me tho because it was so entertaining on so many different levels.
The story itself is a great one for a mystery because it isn’t too simplistic and is multi-layered with clues upon clues that slowly create a very interesting plot that isn’t too complicated.
There are a few things that became obvious before the reveals, but that didn’t diminish the experience at all.
The cats is great here with James mason, Maximilian Schell, Harriet Andersson, Harry Andrews and Simone Signoret all doing a great job, but Mason really carries the whole thing with his nearly perfect low-key role.
Love the mix of personal and professional live problems that sometimes aren’t as different as one would think when looking at them closely
The end result is truly superb and I can understand how Lumet could have been drawn to this film because of the way the plot zig-zags around..
If you’re looking for a good cold war spy thriller, this is a great place to start and I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
Bottom Line – Excellent thriller that has a multi-layered mystery that works on so many levels. Great cast led by Mason who gives a very low-key performance that is perfect. I can understand how Lumet was drawn to this film and the end result is superbly done. Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Writer John le Carré partially based his famous George Smiley character (in this film renamed as Charles Dobbs) on a friend, the Lincoln College tutor and Oxford University don, the Reverend Vivian Green. Smiley was also based on le Carré’s boss at Mi5, Lord Clanmorris, who wrote crime novels under the pseudonym of John Bingham. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy
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