The Spy Who Came in from the Cold The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

Martin Ritt

 
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • United States
  • 1965
  • 112 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.66:1
  • English
  •  
  • Spine #452

The acclaimed, best-selling novel by John le Carré, about a Cold War spy on one final dangerous mission in East Germany, is transmuted by director Martin Ritt into a film every bit as precise and ruthless as the book. Richard Burton is superb as Alec Leamas, whose relationship with the beautiful librarian Nan, played by Claire Bloom, puts his assignment in jeopardy. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold is a hard-edged and tragic thriller, suffused with the political and social consciousness that defined Ritt’s career.

Cast

Alec Leamas Richard Burton
Nan PerryClaire Bloom
FiedlerOskar Werner
PetersSam Wanamaker
East German defense attorney George Voskovec
George SmileyRupert Davies
ControlCyril Cusack
Hans-Dieter Mundt Peter Van Eyck
AsheMichael Hordern
Dick Carlton Robert Hardy
PatmoreBernard Lee
Tribunal President Beatrix Lehmann
Old judgeEsmond Knight

Credits

DirectorMartin Ritt
Produced byMartin Ritt
Based upon the novel The Spy Who Came in from the Cold byJohn Le Carré
ScreenplayPaul Dehn and Guy Trosper
Director of photographyOswald Morris
Assistant to the producerRichard McWhorter
Production designTambi Larsen
Music composed and conducted bySol Kaplan
EditorAnthony Harvey
Production supervisorJames Ware
Art directorEdward Marshall
Assistant directorColin Brewer
Camera operatorBrian West
ContinuityAngela Martelli
Casting supervisorSally Nicholl
Makeup supervisorGeorge Frost
MakeupEric Allwright
HairdresserJoan Smallwood
CostumesMotley
WardrobeBarbara Gillett

Disc Features

  • New, high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • New, exclusive, wide-ranging interview with author John le Carré
  • Selected-scene commentary featuring director of photography Oswald Morris
  • The Secret Center: 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 ’60s, 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

    New cover by Eric Skillman

Film Essays

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The Spy Who Came in from the Cold: True Ritt

By Michael Sragow September 10, 2013

The political American director Martin Ritt was the perfect man to adapt John Le Carré’s melancholy thriller. Read more »

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The Spy Who Came in from the Cold: True Ritt

By Michael Sragow September 10, 2013

The political American director Martin Ritt was the perfect man to adapt John Le Carré’s melancholy thriller. Read more »

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