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Garbo: The Spy (2009)

Garbo: El espía (original title)
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A compelling account of Juan Pujol, an extraordinary Spanish double agent during WWII who helped change the course of history.

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Edmon Roch
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Credited cast:
Rupert Allason Rupert Allason ... Interviewee (as Nigel West)
José Antonio Escoriza José Antonio Escoriza ... Interviewee
Aline Griffith Aline Griffith ... Interviewee
Juan Kreisler Juan Kreisler ... Interviewee
Joan Pujol Joan Pujol ... Himself (archive footage)
Joan Miquel Pujol Joan Miquel Pujol ... Interviewee
Mark Seaman Mark Seaman ... Interviewee
Xavier Vinader Xavier Vinader ... Interviewee
Stan Vranckx Stan Vranckx ... Himself - Interviewee
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A compelling account of Juan Pujol, an extraordinary Spanish double agent during WWII who helped change the course of history.

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Not Rated
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Official Sites:

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Country:

Spain

Language:

English | Catalan | Spanish

Release Date:

18 November 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Garbo, a kém See more »

Filming Locations:

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,593, 20 November 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$28,195, 29 January 2012
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Black and White (archive footage)| Color (35 mm version)

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1.85 : 1
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As the credits roll (after showing the names of those who appeared on film), additional information are revealed. Winston Churchill's quote of "In wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies" "To Annia" As he worked for the MI5, Pujol's telephone was tapped and his private correspondence underwent censorship. He was never left alone. He could only use invisible ink under the supervision of a member of the Secret service. He never met any other agent, entered the MI5 premises, or knew his position in the Organization. He never tried to find out more, or ever complained. After the War, MI5 wanted Pujol to spy on Russia. For unknown reasons, he did not accept. He spent all his fortune on land in Venezuela. In 1948, his property was assaulted and destroyed. He sold it at a quarter of the value. Juan Pujol managed to fight two wars serving both sides. Never fired a single shot. His vivid imagination produced over 50 volumes of writings. Thus he spared thousands of lives. On both sides. See more »

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Absolutely Appalling Documentary, "Garbo" Deserves Better Treatment
2 May 2019 | by robertguttmanSee all my reviews

Known to British Intelligence under the code-name of "Garbo", the career of Juan Pujol Garcia is one of the most incredible "now-it-can-be-told" stories to come out of World War II. Although a neutral from Spain, Garcia voluntarily transformed himself the most successful double-agent of the war, and ultimately had a major role in the success of the D-Day Invasion. The story of "Garbo" makes any of the exploits you will see in any James Bond movie seem like piffle. "Garbo" was the real deal, and he maintained the deception for over four years. Funded by the German Abwehr and ultimately awarded the Iron Cross by them for his services to the Reich, for years Garbo fed the Germans misleading and false information, which he acquired from a string of entirely fictitious agents whom he had invented.

Unfortunately, this dreadful documentary does not do justice to the story of this absolutely incredible individual. The music is terrible, often inappropriate and, for reasons that pass understanding, the director frequently chooses to increase its' volume while the commentators are in the middle of speaking. Sometimes he has two commentators speaking at the same time, so that the viewer cannot understand what either one is saying.

Worst of all, however, is that some of the commentators speak Spanish but, again for reasons that defy comprehension, the director has seen fit not to provide any subtitles. At least one of those commentators speaks for a considerable amount of time. I have no doubt that what he this individual, who is not identified, has to say is of great interest. It's too bad that, unless the viewer happens to speak Spanish, he will have absolutely no idea who this individual is or what he has to say.

It just so happens that, a few years ago, I actually read the biography of "Garbo" by Stephan Talty. Consequently, I already knew who "Garbo" was and what he had done. However, anyone trying to learn about him merely by seeing this awful documentary will, at best, find the story extremely confusing and, at worst, incomprehensible. "Garbo" deserves better.


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