I recently bought the DVD for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and it’s my constant companion. With all the dreck that comes out of Hollyweird these days, I can’t remember a recent film I’ve enjoyed more. Many wonderful moments that I wait for and revel in, over and over.
It’s all about loyalty and keeping secrets. As Peter Travers of Rolling Stone said, “The film emerges as a tale of loneliness and desperation among men who can never disclose their secret hearts, even to themselves. It’s easily one of the year’s best films.”
I love George Smiley. He’s a deceptively quiet man–one you would never pick out of a crowd–and yet he emerges as an intelligent force to be reckoned with. A person you can count on. He’s loyal and admirable, even in the face of multiple layers of betrayal, deceit, and lies.
The ambiance appeals to me–late 60s/early 70s England. The music is evocative. My only regret is that “La Mer” doesn’t appear on the soundtrack.
I just can’t say enough about this movie. It’s a reminder that there are intelligent, good people in the world. That some values still shine. That quiet truth sometimes triumphs over bombastic lies. It just makes me feel happy.