The opening sequence, with its skyline full of minarets and its bongo-driven jazz on the soundtrack, speaks to the East-West collaboration that birthed this caustic 1965 film noir: the screenwriter and most of the players were British, but the movie was shot in Prague by Czech director Jirí Weiss (Romeo, Juliet and Darkness). A shop assistant (Anne Heywood) carrying on with her married boss (James Booth) finds the finger of suspicion pointing at her after an embezzlement is uncovered by a visiting auditor (Rudolph Hrusínsky). The auditor—pale, sweaty, corpulent, bespectacled, and furiously repressed—falls for the woman but goes home at night to an alcoholic wife and a resentful teenage son. Weiss uses the stifling shop spaces to claustrophobic effect, and the psychological triangle among the three main characters is neatly constructed. The sharply fatalistic conclusion proves that noir, though American in origin, flourishes anywhere the good are punished.