The Deadly Affair (1967)

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A British agent sets out to uncover the hidden facts behind a British government employee's suicide.




  • James Mason in The Deadly Affair (1967)
  • The Deadly Affair (1967)
  • The Deadly Affair (1967)
  • James Mason and Harriet Andersson in The Deadly Affair (1967)
  • James Mason and Harriet Andersson in The Deadly Affair (1967)
  • James Mason in The Deadly Affair (1967)

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28 May 1999 | Karl1975
| A very fine, intelligent movie (***½ out of ****)
A complex, suspenseful, and sometimes surprisingly funny spy thriller by master director Sidney Lumet ("12 Angry Men", "Long Day's Journey Into Night", "Dog Day Afternoon", "Running on Empty"). The picture has a really brilliant cast, including James Mason, Simone Signoret, Maximilian Schell, Harriet Andersson and Harry Andrews. The photography is interesting too. Lumet and cinematographer Freddie Young used a technique called "preflashing". In his book "Making Movies" Lumet writes: "Thematically it was a film about life's disappointments. I wanted to desaturate the colors. I wanted to get that dreary, lifeless feeling London has in winter. Freddie suggested preexposing the film."

Lumet's approach in "The Deadly Affair" (1967) is perhaps even a little too realistic to make it a suspense masterpiece. But nevertheless you should really see this little gem.

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