Anyone who has read much John le Carré is probably well acquainted with George Smiley, the quintessential British spy character of the Cold War era (no, it’s not James Bond). In Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, which is the first book in the Karla trilogy (released later as the omnibus The Quest for Karla), Smiley is tasked with eradicating a KGB mole who has infiltrated the sanctum of SIS (British Intelligence). In the film, Swedish director Tomas Alfredson paints a picture as raw and uncompromising as the 1974 novel and more engrossing than the 1979 BBC miniseries with Gary Oldman turning in an Oscar worthy performance as the MI6 veteran.
The PG-13 version of Quadruple Academy Award Winner “The King’s Speech” will open to 1,000 theatres Next Friday!
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When you think of today and how politicians need to look like movie stars when they’re running so they get the people’s attention, you have to think how hard it was on politicians and monarchs back when radio first came out how hard that transition really was. Before radio a politician or monarch only needed to take a good photo, and have something written well of them. Radio changed all of that. For the first time everyone heard them speak. It no longer mattered solely what the words were, but how good you could sell them. People, just like today, started to feel as though they knew the man who they heard speaking. Think of the pressure that could bring.