Funeral in Berlin

Funeral in Berlin is the second presentation of the exploits of Harry Palmer, the soft-sell sleuth, this time enmeshed in Berlin counter-espionage. Michael Caine encores in the role that made him a star. Excellent scripting, direction and performances, plus colorful and realistic production, add up to surprise-filled suspense, relieved adroitly by subtle irony. Len Deighton's novel has been adapted by Evan Jones to a taut, economical screenplay, just right for the semi-documentary feel.

With:
Michael Caine Paul Hubschmid Oscar Homolka Eva Renzi Guy Doleman Rachel Gurney

Funeral in Berlin is the second presentation of the exploits of Harry Palmer, the soft-sell sleuth, this time enmeshed in Berlin counter-espionage. Michael Caine encores in the role that made him a star. Excellent scripting, direction and performances, plus colorful and realistic production, add up to surprise-filled suspense, relieved adroitly by subtle irony. Len Deighton’s novel has been adapted by Evan Jones to a taut, economical screenplay, just right for the semi-documentary feel.

Herein, amidst a clutch of running gags which never wear out their appeal, Caine is sent to East Berlin, where Communist spy chief Oscar Homolka is making the motions of trying to defect. Paul Hubschmid is the local British contact for Caine, and Eva Renzi pops up as an undercover agent for Israel, tracking down Nazis before statutes of limitation run out.

This being a well-developed suspenser, few people are as they seem, including prissy-pedantic Hugh Burden, a secret documents clerk in Doleman’s British spy group.

Funeral in Berlin

UK

Production: Paramount/Saltzman. Director Guy Hamilton; Producer Charles Kasher; Screenplay Evan Jones; Camera Otto Heller; Editor John Bloom; Music Konrad Elfers; Art Director Ken Adam

Crew: (Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1967. Running time: 102 MIN.

With: Michael Caine Paul Hubschmid Oscar Homolka Eva Renzi Guy Doleman Rachel Gurney

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