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3.6
43 Ratings

The Spies

Les espions

Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot
Italy, France, 1957
Crime, Thriller

Synopsis

This pitch-black comedy of Cold War intrigue takes place in a small provincial sanitarium, where a bewildered doctor is plunged into an atmosphere of spiralling paranoia as his tiny clinic is invaded by an army of spies and counter-spies.

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The Spies Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot

Critics reviews

As I’ve suggested elsewhere, Clouzot’s oddity may come closer to the absurdist humor of Franz Kafka than any of the literal adaptations of his work, such as Orson Welles’ version of The Trial, and the secondary cast is especially memorable: not only Clouzot’s wife Vera Clouzot (who also figured in his better-known Diabolique and The Wages of Fear, but also Hollywood actor Sam Jaffe (The Asphalt Jungle), English actor Peter Ustinov (Lola Montes), and German actor Curt Jurgens (Bitter Victory).
July 01, 2007
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