1908: Basil Pascali (Sir Ben Kingsley), a spy for the Sultan, sends reports to Istanbul that nobody reads. His suspicions are roused when a British archeologist appears, who may not be ...
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1908: Basil Pascali (Sir Ben Kingsley), a spy for the Sultan, sends reports to Istanbul that nobody reads. His suspicions are roused when a British archeologist appears, who may not be quite what he seems.Written by
The "Initial Film and Television" company that co-produced this movie was primarily a producer of music programming for television, and continued to be so for the following few decades. By 2019, Initial is now part of the Endemol Shine group, but it's unclear which company owns this movie, as it was a co-production with FilmFour International, the hybrid theatrical-television movie production division of the U.K.'s Channel Four, a.k.a. "Film on Four"/"FilmFour". See more »
A great movie having deep historical and psychological references...
I watched this movie with a great pleasure. In fact, as a Turk, I didn't feel degraded or insulted even though the Turkish pasha and other Turkish characters are presented as a narrow-minded members of a decayed political system. Because, it was not totally wrong.
Ottoman Empire, named as sick-man by European politicians, was just a few step away from death. During that time, it was fighting in several fronts, trying to deal with threats against him, but no luck, death was inevitable. Pascali's loyalty worth appreciation, but as the movie showed us, there was no such an authority to honor him.
This is a great historical movie having perfect psychological and historical references, and every single person who enrolled must be appreciated...
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