Garbo: The Spy (2011)



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To the Nazis he was Codename: Alaric.To the British he was simply Garbo.To the world he was a mystery.But 30 years after the facts and fiction, the cloak of mystery that kept him hidden and tied to Alaric and Garbo finally started to unravel.Nigel West, noted English Spy novelist, started out on a journey to expose the truth about the man born Juan Pujol and uncovered a story so amazing that it could only be true. The man who the world thought to be dead and buried in Angola in 1949, a man that died a hero to both the British and the Nazis, looked pretty spry when discovered in South America 35 years after his burial. This is the story of Garbo. -- (C) Official Site
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Edmon Roch spins a zippy yarn of Pujol's improbable exploits from archival footage, talking heads, and clips from classic espionage dramas.

Full Review… | December 8, 2011
Chicago Reader
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An engrossing documentary that is itself largely a work of the director's imagination.

Full Review… | December 7, 2011
Chicago Sun-Times
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Director Edmon Roch makes some smart conceptual choices that honor his subject's self-invention and mystery.

Full Review… | November 24, 2011
Los Angeles Times
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Fascinating though it is, the movie is thin on historical materials.

Full Review… | November 18, 2011
New York Post
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Doc's incredible tale of WWII espionage would likely work better as a feature film.

Full Review… | November 18, 2011
Hollywood Reporter
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Edmon Roch has a great story to tell in "Garbo the Spy," and he recounts it with the flair of a Hollywood spy movie: "Garbo" is dramatic, entertaining, even funny in parts.

Full Review… | November 17, 2011
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for Garbo: The Spy

Saw GARBO: THE SPY last night. Quite amazing story about a double agent who helped the Allies take Normandy and defeat those nasty Nazis. The film incorporates found footage and film clips with a few talking heads. A staggering tale that once again shows how complex and fascinating WWII was. Unfortunately, the film just didn't grab me. The footage was used amazingly well but the talking heads didn't compliment the action. I was left cold.

Michael Lupetin
Michael Lupetin

The history is amazing. The treatment; less than. Well worth viewing for the information but only as well made as a middling History Channel project.

Michael Harbour
Michael Harbour

A very interesting story that I think would make a fascinating fictional film. I wish I would've known a little more about the subject beforehand though because there were times, especially in the first half hour, where I was a little confused about who Garbo was (I walked into this movie knowing absolutely nothing but the title). All in all, a very informative movie, but its setback is that it has the production quality of something on A&E, and is mostly just talking heads combined with footage from old movies.

Scott Molling
Scott Molling

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