Movie Diary 7/1/2019

Five Fingers (Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1952). A really crackerjack WWII espionage story, involving a valet (James Mason) to the British ambassador in Turkey, a fallen countess (Danielle Darrieux), and a wan little dream of retiring to South America. The valet’s meticulous style suits Mankiewicz’s methods, to say nothing of the fact that a spy story always benefits from a certain fastidiousness. Lots of scenes with flowing dialogue, very nearly all of it to the point.

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