Confidential Agent

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Striking, literate adaptation of Graham Greene's novel which takes its tone from Boyer's tired, ageing secret agent (in reality a musician) sent to England in 1937 by the Spanish Loyalists to sabotage a Fascist business deal. Shumlin's direction is inclined to be lethargic (a distinguished stage producer, he made only two movies), but is more than made up for by Wong Howe's moody lighting, which perfectly captures the twilit world of people living constantly in fear. A marvellous cast makes it a must anyway.

Release details

Duration: 118 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Herman Shumlin
Screenwriter: Robert Buckner
Cast: Charles Boyer
Lauren Bacall
Peter Lorre
Katina Paxinou
Victor Francen
Wanda Hendrix
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