Bridge Of Spies.



A potent combination of Steven Spielberg, The Coen Brothers, Tom Hanks and Alan Alda plus a very well made trailer that I saw last week had made up my mind to see this film before it was taken off from our screens. A great many others must have felt the same way as there were only four seats vacant in the theater when we saw it. This itself was a most unusual experience for me. I don’t think that today being a holiday had anything to with it, but that it was Thursday and that it could be taken off must have influenced the attendance.

I don’t think that any viewer was disappointed. There were very few of my age who could identify with the Berlin wall, U2 planes, Garry Powers and the cold war but despite that they enjoyed the film was obvious. Even for me and my first time partner in crime Megh, the exchange story was a new insight and the two for one exchange was also a new insight.

There is nothing negative that comes to mind about the film other than the limited role for Alan Alda where despite his short appearance, he makes his presence felt. What can one say about Tom Hanks being directed by Spielberg?  And a truly remarkable performance by Mark Rylance as Rudolf Abel, brings out the message that even spies can be human!  His unforgettable delivery of “Is that gonna help?” is worth seeing the film once again.

Most of my readers are of my age group. Though the Americans among them may know the full story behind the film already, it still is a refresher course with current Russia / West confrontations coming to the fore again for all of us and for the younger ones, a wake up call to learn from history.

Don’t miss it.

14 thoughts on “Bridge Of Spies.”

  1. Sounds great! I’ll add it to my list. Andy and I remember well the U2 incident. That’s when we realized our government lies to us. If Ike would lie to us, anyone would. Complete disillusionment for each of us, even though this was before we met.

    I visited East Berlin before the Berlin Wall. I even went traipsing around one night out of misguided loyalty to a friend, and a desire for adventure. He wanted to steal an East German flag because someone in our group already had one. That fellow and some others had been taking a shortcut through an ally on the way to see the May Day parade when some official handed him a flag and told them to march in the parade. So they did. Fortunately my friend changed his mind when we thought we saw one he might have access to. It was dark and we thought we were safe until we saw the light from a cigarette. It was no doubt from a guard, so we skedaddled back to the metro and home to safety in West Berlin. Warm memories.
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  2. i’m sure the marine will want to see this.
    he’s a history buff.
    and I’ve never ever seen tom hanks give a bad performance.
    i love that you go to so many movies!
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  3. Looks like I am reading your posts in bulk. But no, I read as your post them, via email. Writing comments is however a bulk exercise. I still have my old efficiency habits. On reflection, maybe I do not need them any more?

  4. Your film viewing is becoming like a daily “must do” …but I love reading about your take on the films even if I never get to see them, let alone keep up with your scheduling…

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