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As I Lay Dying
An excellent contemporary espionage drama of the Cold War which achieves solid impact via emphasis on human values, total absence of mechanical spy gimmickry, and perfectly controlled underplaying.
What finally impresses, however, is the sheer seediness of so much of the film, with characters, buildings, and landscapes lent convincingly grubby life by Oswald Morris' excellent monochrome camera-work.
The film makes you believe it could have happened. And that's the remarkable thing.
| Original Score: 4/5
Grim, monotonous, and rather facile, though Richard Burton's aging agent has some honest poignancy.