Funeral in Berlin

Overview

Funeral in Berlin was the second of three films based on the Harry Palmer novels by Len Deighton. As he did in The Ipcress File, Michael Caine stars as Palmer, Deighton's bespectacled, somewhat disreputable British secret agent. In the manner of Graham Greene's The Third Man, Palmer is dispatched to Berlin to look into the highly suspicious defection of Soviet colonel Stok Oscar Homolka. It is giving nothing away to reveal that Stok's death is a sham, and that Palmer is expected to engineer the "corpse"'s ...
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Overview

Funeral in Berlin was the second of three films based on the Harry Palmer novels by Len Deighton. As he did in The Ipcress File, Michael Caine stars as Palmer, Deighton's bespectacled, somewhat disreputable British secret agent. In the manner of Graham Greene's The Third Man, Palmer is dispatched to Berlin to look into the highly suspicious defection of Soviet colonel Stok Oscar Homolka. It is giving nothing away to reveal that Stok's death is a sham, and that Palmer is expected to engineer the "corpse"'s defection. To reveal any more, however, would be giving the game away. Michael Caine would portray Harry Palmer a third time in Billion Dollar Brain.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Bruce Eder
Guy Hamilton's Funeral in Berlin (1966) was a groundbreaking thriller in its time. From World War II until the mid-'60s, the nature of politics and paranoia in the West had rendered just about every depiction of the Cold War into a relentlessly grim exercise in entertainment. The James Bond movies got past this by totally ignoring the Cold War in most of its scripts (with the notable exception of From Russia With Love), preferring to deal with villains other than the Soviets. The mere fact that Paramount had made Funeral in Berlin indicated a new feeling in the land. In contrast to the Bond movies, the story here was steeped in the minutiae of the Cold War, and it wasted no time in having fun at the expense of the official seriousness with which it was pursued and prosecuted. Hamilton, photographer Otto Heller, and editor John Bloom all went to town on this production, with quick editing, unusual camera angles, and a subtly wry, sardonic tone throughout the script, making this movie a lot more complex and demanding (and ultimately rewarding) than a film such as Goldfinger. This movie proved to be one of the more underrated thrillers of its period, and though most viewers shied away from its use of such plot devices as unrepentant Nazis and money stolen from Holocaust victims, those same attributes make it a movie not only worth discovering but also seeing again. The extraordinary cinematography with its images of Berlin and London during the '60s also makes this film worth watching (and owning) on that basis alone.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/8/2013
  • UPC: 883316885512
  • Original Release: 1966
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  • Source: Paramount (Pmt)
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:42:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 3,226

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Caine Harry Palmer
Paul Hubschmid Johnny Vulkan
Oscar Homolka Col. Stok
Eva Renzi Samantha Steel
Guy Doleman Ross
Rachel Gurney Mrs. Ross
Hugh Burden Hallam
Günter Meisner Kreutzmann
Heinz Schubert Aaron Levine
Wolfgang Völz Werner
Rainer Brandt Benjamin
Marthe Keller Brigit
Herbert Fux Artur
Thomas Holtzmann Reinhart
Technical Credits
Guy Hamilton Director
Ken Adam Production Designer
John Bloom Editor
Vernon Dixon Set Decoration/Design
Konrad Elfers Score Composer
Otto Heller Cinematographer
Evan Jones Screenwriter
Charles Kasher Producer
Michael White Set Decoration/Design
Peter Murton Art Director
Harry Rabinowitz Musical Direction/Supervision
Harry Saltzman Producer
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