Set in the 1970s, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy finds George Smiley, a recently retired MI6 agent, doing his best to adjust to a life outside the secret service. However, when a disgraced agent reappears with information concerning a mole at the heart of the Circus, Smiley is drawn back in to the murky field of espionage. Tasked with investigating which of his trusted former colleagues has chosen to betray him and their country, Smiley narrows his search to four suspects – all experienced, urbane, successful agents – but past histories, rivalries and friendships make it far from easy to pinpoint the man who is eating away at the heart of the British establishment. —Venice Film Festival
Tomas Alfredson started his movie career by working as an assistant at Svensk Filmindustri. He spent a couple of years directing music videos and another couple of years starting up Swedish television…( read more) channel TV4. At TV4 Tomas was part of building the entertainment department and initiated several long term successes such as “Fort Boyard”.
After his time at TV4 Tomas spent the next few years at SVT, the Swedish public broadcaster, with popular television series such as “Ikas TV-kalas” and entertainment show “7 till 9” together with legendary television producer Bo Rehnberg. In the early nineties Tomas directed his first television series for SVT´s drama department, “Bert”, a hugely successful family entertainment series. When the popular character was taken to the big screen in 1995 in Bert – den siste oskulden (Bert – The Last Virgin), Tomas was nominated to a Guldbagge Award for best director (the official Swedish film award, awarded annually since 1964 by the… read more
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Best Picture, Director and Cinematography. Nice showing, too, for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.
Gary Oldman, a bunch of bald guys, and a whole lot of typewriters star in this curio cabinet John le Carré adaptation.
“For Alfredson the moral is contained in the aesthetic.”
“Our film of 2011 is The Tree of Life (by a country mile).”
A very strong first round of reviews for Alfredson’s adaptation of John Le Carré’s classic novel.
After the feast of design from the 1920s and 30s over the past two weeks I thought it was time to return to the present and look at a few of
This film snuck up on me, in its guise of a very controlled environment, yet keeping everything inside Smiley, as portrayed very well by Gary Oldman, an old Secret Service spy who is asked to find… read review
La taupe a tout pour ne pas plaire au grand public pour qui film d’espionnage rime avant tout avec cascades, explosions et héros qui flingue à tout-va. Au contraire, cette oeuvre de Tomas Alfredson… read review
Malgré la qualité de la reconstitution nostalgique et la maîtrise esthétique un peu trop lisse, force est de constater qu’on n’entrave rien à ce qu’il se passe et qu’on n’est même pas sûr d’avoir compris… read review