This issue to talk about an old film ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’, why will recommend this well-known film? That’s because he is so classic that you can’t stop thinking about it, and even start to doubt your own intelligence.
The film is adapted from the novel of the same name, by the original author John le Carré himself as a screenwriter, gathered a number of national treasure British actor co-star, the novel was also made by the BBC into a seven-episode series, the response in the United Kingdom is very.
This film is also one of John le Carré’s ‘Smiley’ trilogy.
The story is about the Cold War, the British intelligence agency ‘Circus’ was planted by the Soviets spy mole, Circus then in charge of the “Control” aware of the investigation alone, and sent agents Jim Prideaux to Hungary to obtain the identity of the spy.
Unexpectedly, the operation has an accident, only Control and Jim two people know the mission is still the enemy camp insight, Jim was attacked, the chief executive forced to leave under the pressure of superiors and subordinates, and died shortly after.
Circus a field officer inadvertently found Circus has the existence of spies, involving the risk of crossing the level directly reported to the Minister of Internal Finance, the Minister found the departure of George Smiley from Circus, by its covert investigation, the target locked in the Circus four senior.
Finally Smiley through a series of investigations, finally uncovered this with buried in Circus years of mole.
The story structure of the film is actually very simple, but the amount of information is very large and fragmented, such as a whole huge puzzle, many flashbacks and parallel narratives make you confused.
Only later did we learn that Smiley had changed his glasses at the beginning of the film, capturing the present and the past by paying attention to this detail.
Before changing glasses
After changing glasses
It is also because of the obscurity of its expression that the film has received mixed reviews.
Some people think the movie is too boring and the pace is a bit slow; others think the reason for him to watch it a second time is because they didn’t understand the plot, then this is definitely not a good movie.
A book with such a complex plot is too difficult to adapt into a movie, two hours not only to explain the relationship between the characters, but also to portray the character, but also to show the plot without disclosure, and full of suspense and tension, is almost unrealistic.
Others say the movie is very unfriendly to people who haven’t seen the novel or TV series.
There are some people who think the movie is beautifully shot, the British cold and valiant temperament is revealed, and the language is refined and profound, very worth playing, the plot is very well thought out, the logic is very strong, the main thing is a bunch of national treasures can be turned into ash British male actors together, has been considered very wonderful.
This film as a spy film, the most important shaping is done for the times and characters, its story line is relatively simple, suspense is not strong.
Although the first time really did not understand, but look at the second time is like an enlightenment, an immortal spirit of Qi from the heavenly spirit point straight down!
Follow me below as I revisit the film’s classic plot and obscure footage!
In the opening scene, Control sent agent Jim to meet with a general to get information about the spies inside Circus.
This shot is Jim to inquire about mole, and the Hungarian general’s guide are walking to the agreed destination, they are walking on both sides of the road and are looking at each other, but the picture looks like they are walking opposite each other.
It’s not a picture gone wrong, but a reference to the duo coming together from two different backgrounds (opposing organizations). However, Agent Jim is soon taken out.
As Jim’s death led to Control resignation, and Smiley will also be pulled away, Smiley unemployed after a period of time without things to do, every day is swimming and fitness.
This shot of Smiley waking up alone in his home, in a double bed with a dressing table and lots of makeup, shows that he used to live with a woman and is no longer there. Here the scene has begun to lay out the wife Ann.
The wooden bar on the door of Smiley’s room, in order to confirm that no one has entered his house, this detail is his professional habit, and also paves the way for the later entry of agent RIKI into his house, which he immediately discovered.
Smiley comes home one day and receives a stack of letters, including one addressed to his wife Ann.
The complete absence of his wife in Smiley’s account of his life and the fact that he still receives letters from her at his residence indicate that he and his wife are no longer in the same name.
This detail is very important for understanding the film.
The content of this next screen is that a peripheral officer riki crossed the level of reporting internal mole, coupled with CircusControl’s previous admonition to make the minister aware of the seriousness of internal spies.
So, the minister asked Smiley, who had retired, to come out and help with the investigation, saying to him, “Outside the family.
The phrase has two meanings: the family refers to both the work Smiley loves and his own marriage, both of which ended in failure. The infidelity of his wife Ann called him always sensitive.
Smiley accepted an investigation mission, first to visit his retired (fired) colleague Connie, in his home saw an old photo, Jim (that is, the agent killed at the beginning of the film) was with Bill Haydon (a senior Circus), inseparable pair (here implies that they are gay).
Yes, this is Bill.
Smiley investigates a money transfer received on Agent Jim’s account two months after his accident in Hungary.
At this point Smiley suspects that Jim is not dead.
Sure enough, the picture turned, Jim really did not die, and in a remote school as a teacher, and a student also named Bill extra care. (This is also an important reminder)
At this point, our favorite Benedict Cumberbatch appeared, and his name in the show was Peter.
Instructed by Smiley to enter the file room to steal Jim to go to Hungary that night Circus duty sheet, encountered a female colleague’s advances, however, he habitually refused. Here we see that he is not a fan of women, indicating that he is also GAY.
In a noisy workshop, an old man made a phone call to the file room. (This call was actually to Peter)
At that time this old man was playing a song on the radio, and the listener was humming along while listening. (This song also has his existence)
Peter left the file room when he heard Roy (one of the Circus executives) singing that song, he understood that he was bugged, (did not realize it at the time, only later found out the cleverness of this detail), Peter immediately went to find Smiley.
Smiley asked Peter to be more vigilant, to clean up all that can be cleaned up (that is, to cut off all that can be cut off), Peter went home when there was a male teacher grading homework, Peter inside that pain ah, looking at him dumbfounded.
At this point, the glass between the camera and the characters, the glass both reflects the shadow image image and make the sound is not clear, suggesting that the two have a misunderstanding that can not be explained.
The film features a Christmas party where the old men prank Vladimir Lenin and sing the Soviet national anthem in unison. This scene appears several times in the film and contains many clues!
In the prom: Smiley saw Ann making out with someone else and was devastated. And the person who is making out with Ann is Bill.
The prom looks like a memory from years ago because the prom scene is as good as Connie’s memory and the big pieces look like they are all on good terms and all having a good time. Since then Ann has been cheating and is the reason why Smiley’s heart is so deep in knots.
Peter stole the duty records and learned that on the night Jim was shot, a colleague on duty called Smiley’s home, however Smiley went to Berlin and did not return.
Strangely enough, however, Bill showed up shortly after the call.
This point many friends can not see, is that Bill is in Smiley’s home and Ann cheating, so to be the first to know the news that Jim was shot, after the behavior from his anger and crying, etc. to see, Bill and Jim’s base love is the real ah.
Smiley actually knew early on that the two were having an adulterous affair, and the memories began: Smiley came home from Berlin to find Bill at his house, his wife Ann also at home, and Bill’s shoes untucked. As a veteran agent, a glance at the end of the story.
Some friends will ask, Bill a gay why must be flirting with Smiley’s wife?
Because he is the mole in the play, has been instructed by the Russian intelligence boss Karla, seducing Ann, is to hold Smiley.
His wife is his weakness, although the film does not directly say, but through a camera language is shown.
This lighter was left by Smiley to Karla (Karla is the Russian intelligence boss), and the inscription on it revealed that Smiley’s beloved was his wife Ann, which also became a means for Karla to keep Smiley in check.
Smiley finally finds Jim and learns that Jim has been captured by Karla and has given up all the British intelligence agents in Russia.
Jim told Smiley that Karla had been showing him a fire engine, and this tied in with the previous image.
Smiley discovers everything after his investigation. It turns out that the spies sent important information to the Soviet Union through the Russian ambassador, while the whole of Britain thought that the garbage information they got from the Soviet Union was gold, which was all set up by Russian intelligence boss Karla.
Smiley begins his counterattack by setting up a “fishing” plan, first having an agent send out a false and important message asking the potter, tailor, and soldier to meet him immediately.
Smiley and Peter went to the meeting place and ambushed, presuming that after the meeting of the potter, tailor and soldier, one of their spies would surely come to meet with the Russian ambassador, so that Karla killed the agent who sent the “false information”, and as expected, Bill came.
That’s when the memories began.
At the ball Jim and Bill fall in love at first sight, and the two of them look at each other, revealing their queer relationship.
After the plot is well understood, Bill was imprisoned and immediately deported to Russia, Jim did not want Bill to go to Russia to suffer (foreign spies back home is basically death, except Karla), so he personally solve him. He shot when Bill looked at him, the emotions are very calm.
The spy caught, the story is over, Uncle Smiley finally expected to become the Circus Control!
To facilitate your understanding of the plot, simply intercepted a few key nodes and more obscure shots, to fully understand the film or recommend that you spend two hours to sit down and watch.