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FILM REVIEW – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

By John Fanning (Guest Writer)


Based on John Le Carré’s novel of the same name, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is director Tomas Alfredson’s latest adaptation of a well-known book. In 2008, the Swede’s version of John Ajvide Lindqvist’s vampire horror story Let the Right One In achieved critical acclaim around the world, and with Tinker Tailor he seems certain to repeat that success. Alfredson is a master of context, his attention to detail effortlessly capturing the Zeitgeist. In Let the Right One In, he depicted the eerie isolation of a Stockholm suburb in the 1980s; in Tinker Tailor, he portrays the tiredness of 1970s Britain. This is a time of grey suits, typewriters and fallen empires, a world gripped by Cold War paranoia and political intrigue.

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