Wednesday, 27 July 2011
The Ipcress File (1965)
Caine plays the role brilliantly, but the rest of the cast (Gordon Jackson excepted) are forgettable. And then there's the contrived camerawork - filming from wonky angles, and scenes shot from under someone's elbow or through a telephone box. It's meant to be swinging and countercultural I suppose, but it just looks contrived.
There's an uncanny confrontation in a library. Caine sits across from the Albanian malin génie. At a volume unsuited to the location, asks his nemesis awkward questions. Though no-one gives them a second glance, Bluejay (the baddie) tells Caine to shush. The scene was filmed in the old Science Museum Library in the Royal College of Science building, now part of Imperial College.