A Dandy in Aspic
Directed by Anthony Mann
Laurence Harvey (The Manchurian Candidate), Tom Courtenay (Doctor Zhivago) and Mia Farrow (Rosemary’s Baby) star in this thought-provoking Cold War thriller about the dangerous and oftentimes lonely world of espionage. Russian double agent Alexander Eberlin (Harvey) has long been posing as a British spy in England, but, feeling like a “man without a country,” he wishes to return to his motherland. His request for a transfer is denied, however, and his life is further complicated when British Intelligence assigns him and his cold-blooded boss (Courtenay) to travel to East Berlin and eliminate his Russian counterpart and friend. Living a life of lies, Eberlin comes to the painful realization that he has no allies—and no way out. The film features the elegantly chic Mia Farrow, along with Harry Andrews (The Deadly Affair), Peter Cook (Bedazzled) and a soundtrack by music legend Quincy Jones (In the Heat of the Night). A Dandy in Aspic was begun under the direction of the great Anthony Mann (T-Men, The Naked Spur, El Cid); when Mann passed away during production, Laurence Harvey completed the film.
A TIME TO DIE: Members of the Crew recall aspects of the film’s production (10 Minutes)
PULLING STRINGS: Titles Designer Michael Graham Smith and Puppeteer Ronnie Le Drew discuss the distinctive opening credit sequence (22 Minutes)
INSIDE MANN: An appreciation by Critic and Broadcaster Richard Combs (12 Minutes)
Optional English Subtitles