Three notebooks supposedly containing Russian military secrets are handed to a British publisher during a Russian book conference. The British Secret Service are naturally keen to learn if these notebooks are the genuine article. To this end, they enlist the help of the scruffy British publisher Barley Blair, who has plenty of experience with Russia and Russians. Barley, an unconventional character who doesn't respond well to authority, finds himself in a game more complex than he first thought when he digs into the origin of the notebooks.Written by
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According to producer Paul Maslansky, filming at Soviet locations, which began in Leningrad on October 2, 1989, cost up to US$10,000 an hour, excluding the actors' salaries. He estimated the total cost of five weeks' filming in the Soviet Union at US$2.5 million. Maslansky said filming was made possible because of the "glasnost," or openness, policy of President Mikhail Gorbachev. "Under previous leaderships, there would have been a problem filming a le Carre novel," he said. Instead, Maslansky said, there was nothing but cooperation. See more »
When Barley first meets Katya, they're in the big square and he tells her that 3 years ago he was nearly arrested in the same place for suspicion of being a spy. Katya asks "were you?", and Barley replies "of course not" .. He then goes on to explain "a soldier and his girl friend..." followed by a short pause during which Katya smiled satisfactorily, but then Barley continues to explain "..asked me to take a photo of them."! Katya should have waited until Barley finished the whole sentence before smiling (laughing) with satisfaction. See more »
This is just like school! Dear old, bloody old, school!
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Maybe I was just in the right mood, but I found this an effective romance. Michelle Pfieffer was even better than her usual terrific self, and the rest of the excellent cast was, well, excellent. It is pretty slow, but I think that this is essential to the conclusion, which I found quite moving. You have to give this movie a chance to grow on you, but if you are patient it is quite accessible. Not bleak at all, as you'd expect from Le Carre.
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