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3.9
218 Ratings

The Man Between

Directed by Carol Reed
United Kingdom, 1953
Drama, Thriller

Synopsis

A British woman on a visit to post-war Berlin is caught up in an espionage ring smuggling secrets into and out of the Eastern Bloc.

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The Man Between Directed by Carol Reed

Critics reviews

[Ivo] dies in the buffer zone between the two sides, destroyed by his inability to be one thing or the other: good or bad, West or East… The obvious symbolism can only suffer in comparison with the sublimely enigmatic ending of The Third Man; it is more straightforward tragedy than understated irony. The Man Between’s musical score reflects this: instead of the dry wit of a zither it has a haunting, mournful saxophone motif that suits both the wintry atmosphere and the film’s romantic heart.
November 29, 2013
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The innocent abroad is Claire Bloom, and James Mason plays a mysterious stranger, saddled with an unsustainable German accent, and there’s Hildegarde Neff shooting meaningful glances and with an anxious smile that’s too quick to fade… Alas, asides from these three, the film lacks colorful characters of the kind who enlivened the earlier Mittel-European noir.
August 25, 2011
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