Films by Harold Pinter
The Quiller Memorandum 1965
Quiller (George Segal) breaking into Oktober's headquarters

Directed by Michael Anderson

Starring: George Segal and Senta Berger

Based on the novel by Adam Hall

Screenplay by Harold Pinter published in Collected Screenplays 1


Very perceptive (presumably of the producer Ivan Foxwell) to bring together Harold Pinter with his flair for menacing, double-edged talk, and the spy genre, and indeed he does produce some lively listening in this line; yet his chief contribution as author of the screenplay appears to have been simplification and alteration, so much so that the story may be said to have been recreated.

Senta Berger and George Segal

Mr Pinter's slightly surrealistic dialogue is nicely matched by director Michael Anderson's use of locations to make West Berlin seem at once substantial and fantastic.

Review in Daily Telegraph 1965

Further Reading

Pinter's Spy Movie' by Bernard F. Dukore (Pinter Review 1991)

'Pinter, Trevor and Quiller in the Gap' by Mark S. Auburn (Pinter Review 1994)

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