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Chicago Theatrical Premiere
GARBO THE SPY
Best Documentary Best Screenplay Gaudí Awards
Best Documentary Goya Awards
"A compelling, gracefully told account of an extraordinary Spanish double agent during WWII" -Variety
"Garbo: The Spy takes a fittingly inventive approach... Director Edmon Roch makes some smart conceptual choices that honor his subject's self-invention and mystery" -Los Angeles Times
"How does one make a documentary about a cipher? In Garbo the Spy, Roch solves that problem, and magnificently so" -San Francisco Chronicle
Recommended! "Witty and provocative" -NewCity Chicago
Juan Pujol Garcia, self-made double agent, is the only person to have been decorated by both the Allies and the Axis for service during World War II. The man whom British intelligence code-named Garbo and Germans dubbed Arabel was Graham Greene's inspiration for Our Man in Havana. He fed false information to the Nazis and fabricated a network of phantom agents across Europe, while residing in the relative comfort of Lisbon himself. His key contribution was his role in the success of Operation Fortitude, the mission of which was to deceive the Germans about the date and location of the D-Day invasion.
Does this controversial Catalonian deserve to be lauded as a hero or dismissed as an opportunist with an overactive imagination? In Garbo the Spy, filmmaker Edmon Roch has made an outstanding documentary thriller that artfully interweaves fragments of newsreel and propaganda footage, interviews with key players in Pujol's life, and clips from Hollywood films to conjure forgotten and living memories, heroes and spies, secrets and lies. Juan Pujol was a man who saved countless lives and changed the course of history without ever holding a weapon.
Directed by Edmon Roch, Spain, 2010, 35mm, 88 mins. In English, Catalan, Spanish, and German with subtitles.