Garbo: The Spy

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Garbo: The Spy
Spain, 2009, 89 Minute Running Time
Topics: Biopic, Documentary, History, Thriller, War
Program: True Stories
Language: English, Spanish, Catalan English Sub-Titles

Awards: Goya Award 2010 (Best Documentary Film)

Garbo: The Spy offers a fascinating account of an extraordinary Spanish double agent during WWII who helped change the course of history. Director Edmon Roch utilizes a dazzling mixture of feature film and archival footage, interviews and music, beautifully underscoring the film’s theme of the shifting border between truth and falsehood.

The former manager of a chicken farm, Catalan Juan Pujol was in hiding during much of the Spanish Civil War, which gave him a distaste for fascism. In 1940, he offered his services to the British as a spy against the Nazis but was rejected. Instead, he set himself up as a German agent, operating out of Lisbon but pretending to the Nazis that he was based in London. On his fifth try, the Brits accepted him. Pujol wrote thousands of pages of information (some true, some false) which he sent to the Nazis. The passion, detail and sincerity of his letters were enough to persuade the Germans that he was for real. The peak of his career came in 1944, when he succeeded in diverting German defense forces to Calais while the Allied landings were taking place in Normandy, thus averting considerable bloodshed. After this, Garbo retired by faking his own death.

DIRECTOR: Edmon Roch
Producer: Edmon Roch, Sandra Hermida, Belén Bernuy
Editor: Alexander Adams
Screenwriter: Edmon Roch, Isaki Lacuesta, Maria Hervera
Cinematographer: Bet Rourich, Gabriel Guerra, Joachim Bergamin
Music: Fernando Velazquez
Filmography: Debut Feature
Print Source: The Film Sales Company -

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