1973. USA. Michael Winner. 114 min.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
Theater 3 (The Celeste Bartos Theater), mezzanine, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building
1973. USA. Directed by Michael Winner. Screenplay by David W. Rintels, Gerald Wilson. With Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon, Paul Scofield. Made two years before his vigilante fantasy Death Wish, Michael Winner’s Iron Curtain thriller not only thrives on intricate plot twists involving assassinations and cat-and-mouse double cross—both beyond, and within, the CIA—but also makes wonderfully entertaining use of Vienna’s labyrinthine streets for a breathless foot chase. Lancaster and Delon seem to enjoy finding variations on the spy/assassin roles they perfected in the 1960s, and Scofield offers an added pleasure as the world-weary KGB counterpart who reminisces with Lancaster about the chivalrous days of espionage. 114 min.