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Posts tagged ‘Espionage’

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (2011)

Directed by: Tomas Alfredson

4 stars

London, 1973.  Control (John Hurt), the head of the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) chairs his last meeting of the Circus, his most senior officers: Percy Alleline (Toby Jones), Bill Haydon (Colin Firth), Toby Esterhase (David Dencik), Roy Bland (Ciarán Hinds) and George Smiley (Gary Oldman). Edgy, paranoid, and scoffed at by his government masters over his belief that there is a Soviet mole operating within the Circus, Control has initiated an operation to meet a defecting Hungarian general in Budapest, and get information from him about the mole.  But the mission has gone wrong … Read more

Page Eight (2011)

Directed by: David Hare

3 stars

Written and directed by David Hare, Page Eight is a TV movie that aspires to cinematic release (it’s being shown at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, despite having already gone out on terrestrial TV in Britain). Read more