The Spy Who Came in from the Cold [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] [1965]

  • SKU: 21616577
  • Release Date: 09/10/2013
  • Rating: NR
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    Special Features


    • Exclusive, wide-ranging interview with author John le Carré
    • Selected-scene Commentary featuring Director of Photography Oswald Morris
    • The Secret Centre: John le Carré, a 2000 BBC documentary on the author's life and work
    • Interview with actor Richard Burton from a 1967 episode of the BBC series Acting in the 60's, conducted by critic Kenneth Tynan
    • Audio conversation from 1985 between Director Martin Ritt and film historian Patrick McGilligan
    • Gallery of set designs
    • Trailer
    • Plus: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Michael Sragow

    Synopsis


    The Spy Who Came in From the Cold
    Based on the novel by John Le Carre, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold stars Richard Burton as a dispirited, end-of-tether British secret agent. He comes in from "the cold" (meaning he is pulled out of field operations) to act as a undercover man behind the Iron Curtain. To make his staged defection seem genuine, Burton goes on an alcoholic toot and is imprisoned and publicly humiliated. Once he has been accepted into East German espionage circles, Burton discovers that what he thought was his mission was a mere subterfuge--and that he's been set up as a pawn for an entirely different operation. Though Ireland and England "stand in" for East Berlin, Spy Who Came In From the Cold has the air of authenticity throughout, thanks in great part to the bleak black and white photography by Oswald Morris. The film was condemned as incomprehensible by those filmgoers accustomed to the simplistic melodramatics of James Bond; seen today, the double-crosses and double-double crosses seem all too clear and credible. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Richard Burton
      Richard Burton - Alec Leamas
    • Claire Bloom
      Claire Bloom - Nan Perry
    • Oskar Werner
      Oskar Werner - Fiedler
    • Sam Wanamaker
      Sam Wanamaker - Peters
    • George Voskovec
      George Voskovec - East German Defense Attorney



    Customer rating

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Slow burner

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      SamBeckett2013
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      If you like Richard Burton, this is one of his best roles. This is a different kind of spy movie, not unlike Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (the Alec Guiness TV movie) It is a slow methodical spy movie with no action like a james bond movie. Richard Burton is fantastic and the Criterion version while not perfect is better then the previous DVD release. Highly recommended.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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