La Nuit des Espions (1959)

Genres - Action, Mystery, Spy Film  |   Sub-Genres - Psychological Drama  |   Run Time - 81 min.  |   Countries - France, Italy  |  
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In this routine spy story with primarily one setting -- a small cabin -- and only two protagonists, Peter (Robert Hossein, also the director) and Helene (Marina Vlady), the characterizations flag a little in the long scrutiny. The premise is that the Brits have intercepted a German spy in her attempt to deliver some important papers. In her place, they send the French operative Helene to meet with the German contact Peter. As the two spies interact in the cabin, their suspicion of each other never lets up, even when the two succumb to a mutual attraction. Interrogation increases as well as the questions. Can Helene convince Peter she is his German contact, and is Peter who appears to be?

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Britain, cabin, coast, document, encounter, enemy, escort, espionage, Germany, identity, love, Nazism, officer, plans, secrets, agent [representative], double-agent, lookalike