A cold war spy drama with extensive location shooting in Vienna and Washington D.C. A lot of painful nostalgia. Burt Lancaster, who trained as a circus acrobat, performs all his own stunts in this movie.
Surveillance footage of an agent in London at Piccadilly Circus.
Regent Street is to the left running away behind the camera. Directly mid right of frame is the Statue of Eros fountain in the center of Piccadilly Circus. The opening seconds of The Ipcress File (1968) follow an automobile from Piccadilly Street (around to the right out of frame) through Piccadilly Circus and up Regent Street to the left out of frame running away behind the camera. There is also a scene in A Dandy in Aspic (1968) which takes place at the Cafe de Paris which is just across the road to the left, out of frame. "It is said..." by Londoners that if you stood in Piccadilly Circus long enough, the entire population of the world would pass by.
00:37:40 A Cross played by Burt Lancaster, the protagonist arrives in Vienna, he has to exchange his recognition code with this contact
»Spain was a long time ago« he says
»The best died there« responds his contact.
There were still veterans of the Spanish Civil War alive at that time. During the Prague Spring of 1968, one of the members of the Czech government was arrested by KGB and having been split up from the other Czechs was being taken to Moscow. At one airfield he was being held in a guardroom when in walked a Russian Colonel with whom he had been in one of the International Brigades in Spain in 1936. They recognised each other immediatly and embrased joyously.
00:37:40 Cross meets his contact in Vienna at the Schreyvogel Straße. In 1948 this location was used in The Third Man (1949) .
The Schreyvogel Straße
THE PRATER WHEEL - THE RIESENRAD
A Zither , an instrument made world famous by is appearance in The Third Man (1949).
THE PALM HOUSE
The Palm House
THE U-BAHN CONSTRUCTION SITE
Scene: Cross is chased through extensive U-Bahn construction sites.
Location: Karlsplatz & Stephansplatz
Cross checks his Rolex
+ SEE ALSO
The Third Man (1949)
+ EXTERNAL LINKS
Scorpio at the Internet Movie Car Database
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