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Shadow Play: Park Chan-Wook's "The Little Drummer Girl"

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That South Korean director Park Chan-wook is interested in revenge should come as no surprise to anyone with even a passing familiarity with his work. After the box-office smash Joint Security Area (2000), he proceeded to make what is now collectively known as “The Vengeance Trilogy": Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002); Oldboy (2003), the most well-known entry; and Lady Vengeance (2005). For a while, though, it would seem to explain why The Little Drummer Girl (1983), of all of John le Carré’s spy novels—and not, say, A Perfect Spy, the masterpiece that directly followed it—captured Park’s long-standing interest, eventually culminating in a lavish, six-episode mini-series.Set in 1979 against the backdrop of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the series opens with a terrorist attack on a Jewish diplomatic residence in Bad Godesberg, West Germany. In a sinuous, ticking-clock set-piece, a leather briefcase—seen in the opening shot, as well at the close of
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Bringing along Baby: Tinker Tailor Babble and Wail

In the first of a new occasional series, Esther Walker and her nine-month-old daughter Kitty offer a view from parent-and-baby cinema screenings – this time at Hampstead's Everyman

When you are expecting your first child everyone tells you to go to the cinema a lot because once you have a baby you never will. And I always thought "Why not? Just get a babysitter."

And then I actually had a baby, nine months ago now, and I realise why. It's because early showings of films clash with bath-and-bedtime, and later screenings are too late for tired parents. ("So if the programme says 9pm, the film will start at 9.30 and it's two hours long. That means we won't be in bed until … midnight?! Forget it.") Lucky ones can scrabble around on pay-per-view for something that was in cinemas six months ago, but most parents are years behind everyone else when it comes to new releases.
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John le Carré: a Tinker, Tailor A-z

With its complex plotting, acute understanding of human nature and timeless moral dilemmas, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is Le Carré's masterwork.

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Adapting a novel for the cinema presents unique problems – it's not at all the straightforward process people assume, particularly if the novel is as complex and cerebral as Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. The screenwriters of this exceptionally fine and sombre new dramatisation of the novel (Peter Straughan and the late Bridget O'Connor) have perfectly reflected its labyrinthine world of bluff and counter-bluff, of suspicion and paranoia, of corruption and betrayal.


Betrayal is the novel's and the film's great theme – and perhaps the dark undercurrent beneath all of John Le Carré's work. Indeed one might claim that, among the few things we British are very good at – cricket, bespoke tailoring, dictionaries – is the spy novel. Possibly this
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