Garbo: The Spy (2011)
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Critic Reviews for Garbo: The Spy
Edmon Roch spins a zippy yarn of Pujol's improbable exploits from archival footage, talking heads, and clips from classic espionage dramas.
An engrossing documentary that is itself largely a work of the director's imagination.
Director Edmon Roch makes some smart conceptual choices that honor his subject's self-invention and mystery.
Fascinating though it is, the movie is thin on historical materials.
Doc's incredible tale of WWII espionage would likely work better as a feature film.
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.
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.
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.
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