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Torn Curtain (1966)

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An American scientist publicly defects to East Germany as part of a cloak and dagger mission to find the solution for a formula resin and then figuring out a plan to escape back to the West.

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Professor Michael Armstrong is heading to Stockholm to attend a physics conference accompanied by his assistant-fiancée Sarah Sherman. Once arrived however, Michael informs her that he may be staying for awhile and she should return home. She follows him and realizes he's actually heading to East Germany, behind the Iron Curtain. She follows him there and is shocked when he announces that he's defecting to the East after the US government canceled his research project. In fact, Michael is there to obtain information from a renowned East German scientist. Once the information is obtained, he and Sarah now have to make their way back to the West. Written by garykmcd

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Cortina rasgada  »

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According to the book "Hitch: The Life and Times of Alfred Hitchcock", Hitchcock was unsatisfied with Brian Moore's Screenplay. So Hitchcock brought in Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall to do a rewrite job on it. Their contribution to the Screenplay was considerable enough for Hitchcock to feel strongly that they should receive screen credit. But Brian Moore disputed this, and an adjudication by the Screenwriters Guild gave him sole credit, to Hitchcock's irritation. See more »

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When Professor Armstrong is on the boat, the heater aboard ship is broken, and the close-up of the thermometer shows it is freezing - yet it spite of the fact that he and all the extras are wearing heavy coats, their breath yields no steam, which would have been profuse at that temperature. See more »

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[first lines]
Professor Karl Manfred: Are they ever going to get the heating fixed?
Norwegian crewman: They are working at it, Professor. Perhaps some of you scientists would like to give us a helping hand!
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References Psycho (1960) See more »

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The Emperor Waltz (Kaiserwalzer, Op. 437)
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Music by Johann Strauß
Played at the restaurant
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Despite the Dated Theme Today, an Excellent Suspenseful Adventure
7 December 2009 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

While traveling by ship to a convention in Copenhagen, the reluctant Professor Michael Armstrong (Paul Newman) is pressed by his fiancée and assistant Sarah Sherman (Julie Andrews) to discuss a possible schedule to their marriage. Later in the Hotel D' Angleterre, Sarah sees Armstrong receiving a plane ticket and he explains that he needs to go to Stockholm; however, the snoopy Sarah discovers that he is indeed flying to East Berlin with Professor Karl Manfred (Günter Strack) that is also attending the convention and she decides to follow him. When the plane arrives, she finds that her fiancé is defecting to the other side of the iron curtain. Armstrong asks her to return but she decides to stay with him, forcing Armstrong to disclose to her that he indeed is trying to spy and steal the solution of Professor Gustav Lindt (Ludwig Donath) to an unsolved formula.

Despite the dated theme today, "Torn Curtain" is an excellent suspenseful adventure. Paul Newman has a great performance in the role of a scientist obsessed to resolve the problem with some missiles, but unfortunately Julie Andrews is wasted in the role of a silly woman and her participation is limited to complicate the situation of her fiancé. The scene with the fight of Armstrong and the farmer's wife with Gromek is very tense and one of the best moments. The escape of Armstrong and Sherman in the bus of the Pi Organization is also exciting despite the dated technology of rear projection. This time, the cameo of Alfred Hitchcock is in the lobby of the Hotel D' Angleterre with a blonde child in his lap. Last time I saw this movie on 25 June 2000 I gave a ten, but this time my vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "Cortina Rasgada" ("Torn Curtain")


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