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Engrossing and frightening expose of the unprincipled tactics of the CIA,
dealing with the RCMP to hunt down possible double agents among Canadian
diplomats in Lester Pearson's circle. The true story of John Watkin's
death finally surfaces - how a good man is sacrificed by "commie
Herbert Norman and Watkins were hounded by the CIA during the cold war,
even their friend Prime Minister Lester Pearson couldn't save them.
How timely for CTV to air this when Canada has the courage not to back the U.S. unilateral invasion of Iraq. This TV movie explains better than any lecture the roots of the tensions between the US and Canada in international affairs.
Terrific performance by Christopher Plummer as Watkins, a sophisticated homosexual whose deep sense of decency is finally recognized by the RCMP officer interrogating him. Effective direction by Michel Poulette.
This gorgeously shot and brilliantly directed film version of the opera is
the most passionate I've seen.
The acting is unusually detailed and truthful for an opera, especially
Butterfly's total commitment and Pinkerton's breezy lust.
But why didn't we see his ship sail into the bay? The water and mountains seemed destined for that shot, but didn't deliver. The boy was too old, the voice of the "uncle" in the sky didn't work, but generally it was a deeply moving experience, rising to a terrific climax in her suicide and his remorse. That last closeup of Pinkerton, racked by remorse, lifting the dying Butterfly, was powerful. The film aired in Canada on Aug 8 on the Bravo! TV network. I couldn't tear myself away to get to a party till the final credits were rolling.