Enjoyable spy movie with some of the most recognizable international mugs of the time. George Sanders and Orson Welles's class is bursting out while the shadow of Peter Sturdevant, the invisible master spy thought dead, is lingering on the Moscow snow. Now did Bryan Singer and Christopher McQuarrie see this film when they were writing Keyser Söze's character for The Usual Suspects ? Certainly. Recommended.
It's extremely convoluted but still worthwhile. A group of semi-governmental agents sneak into Russia to expose a corrupt politician and retrieve a letter that may expose one of them as a traitor. There's terrific performances by Richard Boone and Patrick O'Neal & George Sanders as a drag queen/spy. Orson Welles is the chief Russian villain(?) Max von Sydow and Bibi Andersson are a kinky KGB couple.
Scénario des plus classiques pour une réalisation finalement fort peu convaincante. La prestation cinématographique moyenne du grand John Huston provoque une amère déception. A voir, sans plus, pour le remarquable casting et quelques scènes nerveuses plutôt bien agencées...
Very complicated, muddled and weird. But the look of it all and the overall atmoshere of this oddity are just great. Even if I don't really understand it, it's full of memorable scenes and great performances.