A finely crafted and beautifully acted adaptation of John Le Carre's glasnost-era spy thriller that never quite gets as gripping as it should. THE RUSSIA HOUSE was the first entirely US-produced film to be substantially filmed on location in the Soviet Union, and director Fred Schepisi
(PLENTY, ROXANNE) and his regular cinematographer Ian Baker make extensive--sometimes excessive--use of their marvelous settings. The film opens at a Moscow audio-book fair where a furtive Russian woman, Katya (Michelle Pfeiffer), is seeking a British publisher named Barley Blair. Katya has an
important manuscript she wishes to deliver to Blair, but he has elected not to attend. Desp...