The Kremlin Letter

Screening on Film
Directed by John Huston.
With Patrick O’Neal, Bibi Andersson, Max von Sydow.
US, 1969, 35mm, color, 121 min.
Print source: HFA

M is for Mail Call

An unlikely assemblage of American spies is sent to Moscow to recover a highly sensitive document sent by an American official that could lead to war with China. This Cold War–era thriller was made during one of Huston’s darker periods and reflects a cynical view of American heroism. In addition to Bergman stalwarts Andersson and von Sydow, the all-star cast features Dean Jagger, Richard Boone, Orson Welles as the head of the Soviet politburo, and George Sanders as a drag queen with expertise in espionage.

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