Thursday, 28 March 2013

Post Interrogation & Training

Recruitment: Barley's Flat

88 Ecolas Das Gerais

Ned and Walter follow Barley back to his flat.  They walk in to a trashed flat to find Barley surveying the mess and contemplating how he has "given offence" to his latest female companion - no doubt to his having gone AWOL on a bout of drinking.

“you live in a free society, you've no choice.
-any decent church would have burnt you bastards years ago ”

The flat can be seen from Largo Das Portas Do Sol - at the end of the film, Barley can be seen looking out the window of this flat from a shot taken from this vantage point.  The scene inside the flat was also shot at this location - the view of Lisbon that can be seen over Barley's shoulder as he looks out his window would be the actual view from this lcoation.  

“you're a fool to use me - I let people down

Moscow - Katya's Office

Progress Publishers
Zubovsky Boulevard

Street scene of traffic on Moscow Garden ring road outside the offices of "October Publishing" where  Michelle Pfeifer's character - Katya Orlova  - works.  The building is / was the offices of Progress Publishers on Zubovsky boulevard.  Inside the building, Katya is seen on the phone to Abercrombie & Blair, hoping to speak to Barley Blair.

While the establishing shot shows the outside of Progress Publishers, I cannot confirm that Katya's office is actually in that building.  However, a book cover on the shelf in the office clearly shows the Progress Publishers logo. I "bagged" this location back in 88, three years before the film was released, on a trip to Moscow which included a visit to the book shop here before getting back on the bus to cross the road to visit Novosti Press Agency in the building on the opposite side of the street.

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