quinta-feira, 9 de março de 2023

The Human Factor, by Otto Preminger (1979)

I am big fan of Otto Preminger and his films. A great director. This is one with less success and one of his last movies. He died seven years later. Who does not remember him as Mr. Freeze in Batman & Robin TV Series?

Maurice Castle (Nicol Williamson) is a bland mid-level bureaucrat in British intelligence. The only notable fact about him is his African wife Sarah (Iman). His superiors suspect a leak in the firm and decide to quietly eliminate the mole to avoid any publicity. Castle's office mate Arthur Davis (Derek Jacobi) becomes the main target of investigation.

With Tom Stoppard's adaptation and Preminger's direction, seem to have produced a stylish and grown-up filmed interpretation of Greene's sardonic yet moving condemnation of the cruelty of the Cold-War, during which both the Left and the Right have forgotten 'The Human Factor.'

Both the West and the Soviets are portrayed as they execute a risibly elephantine yet humanly appalling dance of death over the crushed lives of ordinary, decent people.

Stars: Richard Attenborough, Nicol Williamson, Derek Jacobi,  John Gielgud, Robert Morley, Ann Todd and Iman as Sarah.

Subtitles: Portuguese & English.

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LINK: https://youtu.be/VmQMW4HypTo

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