Tag Archives: Tomas Alfredson

The Conversation Review

“I’m not afraid of death, but I am afraid of murder”.

At the centre of Coppola’s psychological thriller is an immaculate Gene Hackman, whose career-defining performance as surveillance expert Harry Caul is nothing short of captivating (and incidentally the perfect precursor to watching Enemy of the State). Continue reading The Conversation Review

The Art of Spying

As Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is one of the few films to depict the less glamorous lifestyle of a secret agent, I consider how contemporary cinema presents spies and analyse the directorial influence Tomas Alfredson has on his espionage thriller.

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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy Review

John Le Carré’s legendary novel gets the adaptation it deserves.

Lingering clouds of cigarette smoke mask a group of men sitting in silence, sharing suspicious glances and nervous twitches better associated with a high stakes poker table. As well as soaking up the stale odorous stench from the cigarettes, the sound proofed walls of this meeting room prevent anyone outside the room overhearing the conversations inside. This is the perfect location for veteran espionage agent George Smiley (Gary Oldman) to uncover the identity of a traitorous Soviet mole operating inside the MI6.

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