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The Political Relevance of "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • December 5, 2011 9:16 PM
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What does Tomas Alfredson's bleak, engrossing new adaptation of John Le Carre's 1970s Cold War classic "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" have to say about our own current political landscape? Thankfully, the answer is not an obvious one. Unlike such political films as George Clooney's "Ides of March" or "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," for that matter, "Tinker Tailor" tells a tale of loyalty and betrayal that's actually less about double agents or subversive insurgents than corruption, conformity and disillusionment, making for a less direct and more artful political parable for our fucked-up times.

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