Laconic and self-contained, Edward Wilson heads CIA covert operations during the Bay of Pigs. The agency suspects that Castro was tipped, so Wilson looks for the leak. As he investigates, he recalls, in a series of flashbacks, his father's death, student days at Yale (poetry; Skull and Bones), recruitment into the fledgling OSS, truncated affairs, a shotgun marriage, cutting his teeth on spy craft in London, distance from his son, the emergence of the Cold War, and relationships with agency, British, and Soviet counterparts. We watch his idealism give way to something else: disclosing the nature of that something else is at the heart of the film's narration as he closes in on the leak. Written by
After about half an hour of the movie when Edward is spying on
Dr. Fredericks at the gathering of the American German Cultural Committee, he searches through a handbag and digs up a membership roster. The title of the list is written both in English and German, but the German translation is atrocious, as if it had been done by translation software. It reads, "The [sic!] Amerikaner German [sic!] die Kulturelle Einrichtung Das Gremium". A reasonable translation, most likely used without article, would simply be "Amerikanisch-deutsches Kulturkomitee". It is highly unlikely that such an institution in which American scholars, not to mention Germans, played a role would fail to use a correct German translation. See more »
How did the Irish poet say it, hmm? "E'er friend for today, is tomorrow's heartbreak."
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Not for the dim or distracted, an outstanding film.
Not for the dim or distracted, this outstanding trans-generational exploration of father/son paranoia and betrayal fueled by unresolved oedipal turmoil takes us on a historical tour of US Intelligence from the OSS of World War II to the Bay of Pigs. Acting, editing and directing are all superb. The characters are complex and vital, and the relationships textured.
No narrative spoon-feeding here. The viewer shares in the protagonist's bewilderment of who's who and what's what, which may be more than the viewer bargained for. If a second screening is needed to sort out the nuance of it all, consider it well worth the cost of the ticket. -Doug
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