#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Alec Leamas, a British spy is sent to East Germany supposedly to defect, but in fact to sow disinformation. As more plot turns appear, Leamas becomes more convinced that his own people see him as just a cog. His struggle back from dehumanization becomes the final focus of the story.
Plot: British agent Alec Leamas refuses to come in from the Cold War during the 1960s, choosing to face another mission, which may prove to be his final one.
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Spying without the glamour, but with compensatory deviousness of which the Devil would be proud…
Black and white, made in the Sixties, a spy film without gadgets – has bummer written all over it, right? Well, no. Forget all that James Bond cack and the good guys in the West vs. the evil guys in the East schlock, once you have seen The Spy Who Came In From The Cold, you feel you know the seedy world of spying inside-out. Well actually, for all I know Spy is just as much fantasy as all that ridiculous James Bond glamour. But that isn’t the point. Spy is, after all, only a film, but it is a film which carries a hell of a punch. No, I really do not know whether this portrays the real world of spying, but I have strong suspicion that it does. There are no good guys and bad guys in Spy (and possibly in the real spy world), just intelligent, devious and utterly ruthless men and women who simply want to make sure that the other side doesn’t get to win. That, it would seem, is the one principle dear to both sides: make sure you don’t lose. In the process of not losing, people are highly expendable. Yes, I’m sure that some agents occasionally use guns and bombs to kill people, but I’m even more sure that the most effective weapon either side has is intellect. Spy is a joy. It takes a little while for the essential story to begin, but that is necessary. If you are reading this before deciding to see it, see it and stick with it. You ain’t seen deviousness until you have seen the ruthless deviousness portrayed in Spy. As for the film itself – I have rather been rattling on about spying in general rather than the film – there is not a weak performance in it, and Burton is outstanding. Make time to see it if you can.
The great Richard Burton performance no one saw…
It seems to me as though no one remembers this film. In fact, I think that it would be fair to say that I wouldn’t have become intrigued enough by it to finally rent if I hadn’t seen just the briefest of clips of it on an ABC news broadcast. When I think about it, I realize why should anyone remember it? This was made during the Golden Age of Bond, which this film acts as a dark mirror to. More’s the pity, actually, as this was one of Richard Burton’s finest performances.
Burton is cast as Alex Leamas, a nerve-dead, aged secret operative operating out of West Berlin. After a routine assignment goes awry, Leamas is sent home and out of the service. He struggles to try to live a normal, average life as a librarian’s assistant, but he can’t make it work for him (something that is not helped by his chronic alcoholism). This fact is made forcefully clear when he winds up beating a local grocer and is sentenced to jail time. Slowly but surely, he allows himself to be pulled back into the Cold War he operated in, not suspecting or maybe not even caring that his superiors are setting him up for a fall.
One will never mistake Alex Leamas’ grey, rainy world for the sunlight universe of James Bond. It offers what is probably the ugliest depiction of the Great Game on film: drunkards, ex-Nazis, Jews, and die-hard Communists swimming like sharks through a fish pond, all of them devouring any who get in their way. None have any more than lip-service loyalty to their fellow operatives, their countries, or maybe even their own ideologies. At it’s center stands Burton, playing Leamas as a walking dead man, festering with hate, resentment, and cynicism at the system that eventually sends him into the gutter. His devastating parked car monologue alone is worth the price of renting this one from the local video store.
It’s bitter cynic tone may have been the film’s undoing; rarely have I seen a film so downbeat in it’s depiction of humanity. Still, it is not one that deserves to be forgotten.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 52 min (112 min)
Rated Not Rated
Genre Drama, Thriller
Director Martin Ritt
Writer John le Carré (novel), Paul Dehn (screenplay), Guy Trosper (screenplay)
Actors Richard Burton, Claire Bloom, Oskar Werner, Sam Wanamaker
Awards Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 10 wins & 3 nominations.
Production Company Salem
Sound Mix Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Film Length 3,090 m (1966) (Finland)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm