Funeral in Berlin (1966)

Guy Hamilton directs Michael Caine, Paul Hubschmid and Eva Renzi in this Cold War espionage movie where Harry Palmer crosses the Berlin Wall to feel out a high ranking defector.

Probably my favourite of the Harry Palmer movies. It is a drier affair, noticeably lacking John Barry’s gorgeous score from The Ipcress File. Yet how they pull off the Checkpoint Charlie location shoot is a wonder and Caine feels fully comfortable in Palmer’s slightly shopworn yet volcanically confident skin here. All the triple crosses can get a little confusing but that’s kinda the plot what you want from one of these potboilers and the finale is silent intensity.


Perfect Double Bill: Bridge Of Spies (2015)

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