“The Spy Who Came in From the Cold”, directed by Martin Ritt

Movie, 1965

Bleak, eerie and nihilistic existences in the Cold War, partly set in London, Berlin and other locations in Germany. A poetic despondency hangs over this film depicting the lives of an aging operative and a young Communist idealist, who both seem to exist and to not exist, and are both played in a strange, murky world full and empty of rain, pettiness, flamboyant despair and effective palette of cityscapes, desolate countryside and rather good jazz score. This is a really seedy film with seedy characters caught in traps by powers that be. Great, too, for the period London detail, but more so for capturing a cold war atmosphere.

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