The Man Nobody Knew: In Search of My Father, CIA Spymaster William Colby (2011)
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A son's riveting look at a father whose life seemed straight out of a spy thriller, The Man Nobody Knew: In Search of My Father, CIA Spymaster William Colby uncovers the secret world of a legendary CIA spymaster. Told by William Colby's son Carl, the story is at once a probing history of the CIA, a personal memoir of a family living in clandestine shadows, and an inquiry into the hard costs of a nation's most cloaked actions. -- (C) Official Site
Sep 23, 2011 Limited
Apr 17, 2012
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At once a deeply personal film and an important historical document, The Man Nobody Knew leaves us with an incomplete portrait of a man.
There's a reason spies are called spooks; it's as if they have no human essence. If William Colby had one, his son hasn't found it in this film. But he has found the emptiness. And that's something.
Presumably, Colby would be pleased to know he comes across as neither compelling nor vivid - which in some ways makes him all the more interesting.
To some degree, its subject remains tantalizingly unknowable, even after all the witnesses have taken the stand.
This is a riveting and important film that does not rest too heavily on the connection between its subject's personal emptiness and the moral failures Colby would come to regret.
Shows little sign of the deep emotional undercurrents one might expect in a son's treatment of his father, but it does present a clear, incisive yet tantalizingly incomplete portrait of a fascinating and complicated man.
A movie seemingly about the blinkered awakening of a conscience, but one that dances around intrigue without ever consistently engaging it.
A great guy? Not really, and fortunately son Carl Colby avoids sentimentalizing his dad.
Goes a bit further than that to become a study of American foreign policy and CIA involvement
...a must-see for anyone interested in what happened from 1945-mid '70s, and why. With fascinating audio tapes from the Kennedy White House, it's a prologue for where we are today.
The Man Nobody Knew is a character study that doubles as a history lesson.
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