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5 Fingers Movie Review Summary

Actors: James Mason, Danielle Darrieux, Michael Rennie, Walter Hampden, Oscar Karlweis, John Wengraf

Detailed Plot Synopsis of 5 Fingers

5 FINGERS is a film co-written and directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz in 1950. The picture is based on "Operation Cicero", a novel written by the German diplomat L.C. Moyzisch.

Diello, the British ambassador's butler in Turkey, contacts the German embassy and tells the military attaché that he can sell him top secret documents. The Germans are at first skeptical, but the first documents delivered by Diello turn out to be authentic. Diello benefits from the absolute confidence of the ambassador who doesn't suspect that, every night, his butler is photographing the content of his safe.

Diello's goal is to get 200,000 pounds from the Germans and retire and live happily in Rio de Janeiro in the company of the countess Anna Staviska, the ruined widow of a Polish noble. After a few weeks, London sends an investigator to Ankara in order to discover who's responsible for the leaks coming out of the embassy.

This report prepared by Daniel Staebler








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Script Analysis of 5 Fingers

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 50% Time/Era of Movie:    -   1930's-1950's Spying & Terrorists    -   Yes Cloak & Dagger Plotlets:    -   main char doing spying/sabotage

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   servant Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   British

Setting

Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Turkey City?    -   Yes City:    -   Dirty, grimy (like New York) Misc setting    -   moving train

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing Any profanity?    -   None Is this movie based on a    -   book

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