The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

Directed by Martin Ritt • 1965 • United States
Starring Richard Burton, Claire Bloom, Oskar Werner

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.

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

    Directed by Martin Ritt • 1965 • United States
    Starring Richard Burton, Claire Bloom, Oskar Werner

    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 r...

Extras

  • John le Carré

    Best-selling author John le Carré (né David Cornwell) emerged on the international stage in 1963 with his third novel, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold. In this interview, conducted by the Criterion Collection in England in August 2008, he discusses his book, the film, and his involvement in the...

  • Martin Ritt

    In 1985, director Martin Ritt sat down with film historian Patrick McGilligan for an interview that was published in Film Comment in February 1986 (it also appears in the book Tender Comrades, by McGilligan and Paul Buhle). Excerpts from the original audio recordings of that interview, covering R...

  • Oswald Morris

    During his long career, Oscar-winning cinematographer Oswald Morris photographed many notable films, including Lolita, Fiddler on the Roof, and The Man Who Would Be King. In this selected-scene commentary, Morris looks at specific scenes from THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD and discusses his ex...