Film: Funeral in Berlin
Funeral in Berlin is a 1966 film based on the spy novel by Len Deighton. It is the second of the Harry Palmer series, following The IPCRESS File and itself followed by The Billion Dollar Brain.Colonel Stok, a Soviet intelligence officer responsible for security at the Berlin Wall, appears to want to defect, but the evidence is contradictory. Stok wants the British to handle his defection and asks for one of their agents, Harry Palmer, to smuggle him out of East Germany.Once Palmer reaches Berlin, though, things quickly become much more complicated as at least two other factions become involved in what was meant to be a simple operation - a beautiful young woman who turns out to be Israeli intelligence and an old acquaintance of Harry's who turns out to be an ex-Nazi under an assumed name.
Funeral in Berlin contains examples of:
- The Chess Master: Harry Palmer
- Deadpan Snarker: Harry Palmer.
- The Film of the Book
- Gambit Pileup: British Intelligence, a Russian General, Mossad and a Nazi war criminal are all trying to stay a step ahead of each other. Harry Palmer, the supposed Unwitting Pawn to everyone involved was actually ahead of them from quite early on.
- Half Way Plot Switch: The titular funeral happens at the halfway point of the film - the rest of the film deals with the revelation that Vulkan is the mysterious ex-Nazi Broum, and his conflict with the Israelis.
- No Name Given: Harry Palmer is not his real name.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Harry Palmer.
- Spy Fiction: Stale Beer kind.
- Unwitting Pawn: Harry Palmer. Or is he?