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This review is from: The Quiller Memorandum  [DVD] (DVD)
Another film where music caresses the atmosphere and action; this time by the then (1960s) ubiquitous John Barry (see music's role in Basic Instinct). George Segal plays the laconic Quiller, ordered to find a hard-core Nazi cell in Berlin. He moves around attempting to charm information about his prey. Eventually, he encounters the teacher who replaced her predecessor; a war (Nazi) criminal. She is played by the exquisite Austrian actress, Senta Berger. The underlying theme is the `Old Germany and the New Germany'; a ludicrous question now but still pertinent in the 1960s (witness the film, The Odessa File). It's a gradual film. It hinges on conversation. The action, such as it is, is sparing (perhaps illustrating the adage, `less is more'). The singing of Matt Munroe (Wednesday's Child) reinforces the nostalgia for that decade. Quiller moves from the laconic to the sardonic, as the crescendo moves to its climax. Love flickers at one point. Great stuff!
Author of The Early Years