The Fly (1958)
Really surprised by how good this was. Smart, solid sci-fi movie with heart, as much about loyalty and love as it is science. It takes the idea of the scientists’ wife being overly aware of flies in the room when the police are questioning her (to make her look crazy) and through the course of the movie loads it with so much meaning. It’s too bad the thing most referred to is her scream at seeing his head, it’s just a small part of the story.
Based on a spy novel very popular when it came out in 1963 by John le Carré (of Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy fame). Black and white. Really well-shot, takes its time getting into the story. Spy movie checklist: grizzled old spy (check), maze-like plot with new information piling up higher and higher until the very end (check), gal who takes a shine to grizzled spy (check), disillusion about politics, government, spying (check). The guy who plays Fiedler, Oskar Werner, is amazing. He got a BAFTA and Golden Globe for it, apparently, it’s a case of giving life to something unique and it effects how the story feels afterwards because of his role in the plot.