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A Cold-War Swansong,
This review is from: The Russia House [DVD]  (DVD)
Overshaddowed by the release of the more sensational 'Hunt for Red October', this must surely be Sean Connery's finest performance. Cast against type as Bartholomew Scott Blair, a bumbling, boozey English publisher, Connery, Scottish to the core, nevertheless finds all the depths and complexity of John Le Carre's creation. Equally impressive is Michelle Pfeiffer as 'Katja', the kind of girl an incurable romantic like Blair would do anything for. A first class supporting cast and beautiful photography in Moscow, St Petersberg, Lisban and Canada (standing in for an island off Vermont) gives a special atmosphere to a tense, but very human, thriller of the closing days of the Cold War. Less bleak than 'The Spy who Came In from The Cold', it offers hope rather than despare for the future.
Retrospectively, it also begs the question: why has something as momentous as the Cold War been more or less forgotten by writers and film makers,etc., whereas the Second World War remains a firm favourite? Could it be because no one wants to look too deeply into what happened to all that brave-new-world promise that seems to have dribbled away since the 'fall' of the Soviet dictatorship? Didn't John Le Carre himself say that "It was as if a great moment in history went by defalt"?