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To Skin a Spy (1966)

Avec la peau des autres (original title)
| Thriller | 1966 (Italy)
A French secret agent gets a license to kill when he is sent to Vienna to plug a security leak in this routine spy saga. He is caught in the crossfire of international enemy agents trying to eliminate the French.

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A French secret agent gets a license to kill when he is sent to Vienna to plug a security leak in this routine spy saga. He is caught in the crossfire of international enemy agents trying to eliminate the French.

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Spy Lino Ventura looks into a leak in Vienna
20 March 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Avec la peau des autres" (1966) is a spy story set in Vienna, done in color and widescreen, but it not a light-hearted story, not a Bond kind of story, not a spoof, and not at all gimmicky. It has virtually all male characters, and it is a serious story.

The directing by Jacques Deray is extremely proficient. It's easy to take for granted but actually very skilled. As in "Rififi in Tokyo", "The Outside Man", "Flic Story", "3 Hommes a Abattre", "Borsalino", and "Le Marginal", among others, Deray's staging involves us and shows us precisely what's going on with a variety of set-ups. His shots on the faces of characters never fail to let us in on their emotional conditions. Here he also makes very good use of Vienna as a background.

Jose Giovanni does the screenplay and story. He too is a sure contributor to this kind of tough story on the nether side of law and conventional morality, having worked on "Classes Tous Risques", "Le Trou", and "Le Deuxieme Soufflé", among others. Lino Ventura's task here is to look into a leak of information. The task is clear but the path is twisted. He soon discovers that Wolfgang Preiss is "cleaning up" or eliminating spy networks. Ventura has a license to kill, and it is essential; but he also has to find ways to smoke out opposition and outwit them. He's one man against a team. He has an old friend and contact in Jean Bouisse. He's both hunting and hunted. He makes contact also with Jean Servais. There's a music hall that seems to be a nexus of making contacts, and its manager is Charles Regnier. The stakes or McGuffin are vague, but it soon appears that they are actually the lives of the spy cliques and networks.

Ventura is first-rate in the part. Deray extracts intense performances without excess dramatics. The spy professionals go about their business. They show emotion but not excessively. They have to think and act fast. Ventura does this well, or he won't survive. Personal danger pervades this movie. Clever spycraft plays a big role too, not gimmicks but using people to uncover locations and plots and to turn matters around to one's advantage and purposes by deceiving others and trapping them.


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