[f_minor] Kitty G. / le Carre

maryellen jensen maryellenjensen28 at hotmail.com
Mon Mar 14 17:33:57 EDT 2011

Da and da,

I contained my enthusiasm re le Carre but wanted to spill out all over the place just like our bobmerk did. The only thing that has come close to Tinker Tailor and Smiley's People (both of which I still have in VHS) has been Suspect No. 1 starring Helen Mirren: as bare and as brutal and razor sharp as it can be and with as many halls of mirrors as anyone can personally bear. Frankly brilliant and unforgettable and inspired by le Carre. Don't forget to read or reread "Brighton Rock" by G. Greene.


Date: Mon, 14 Mar 2011 16:15:33 -0400
From: bobmerk at earthlink.net
To: f_minor at glenngould.org
Subject: Re: [f_minor] Kitty G. / le Carre

I'm wild about the books "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" and the sequel "Smiley's People," and the BBC films made from them with Alec Guinness as George Smiley (James Mason had played the role in the movie made from the first Smiley book, "A Call for the Dead") are IMHO the best things ever made for television, just thrilling. "Smiley's People co-starred Curd Jurgens in his final film; Jurgens spent part of the Nazi era in a concentration camp for being "politically unreliable."But I think the movie made from "The Russia House" with Sean Connery, Michelle Pfeiffer and Klaus Maria Brandauer, with a wonderful Tom Stoppard screenplay, is the most romantic thriller I've ever seen.

As leCarre struggled to find villains after the Soviet Union vanished, I think he found a great new villain -- Big Pharma(ceutical corporations) -- in the tender and beautiful "The Constant Gardener," with Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz.  

"The Tailor of Panama" turned out to be a real Ripping Yarn with Pierce Brosnan and Jamie Lee Curtis. The plot was very reminiscent of Graham Greene's "Our Man in Havana."

Microwave some popcorn and rent 'em all. It's like Sherlock Holmes with a brain and real emotions for adults.


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From: maryellen jensen 

Sent: Mar 14, 2011 3:14 PM

To: f_minor at glenngould.org

Subject: [f_minor] Kitty G. / le Carre


The real deal. Before our Master Glenn set off for the '57 Soviet Russian Tour his manager and the Canadian Gov't. made triple sure that when Gould returned he would still be allowed entry into the Good Old USA with no problems... a few problems did arise but they were all pharmaceutical, not political, in nature. 

Le Carre is here when you need him:




I personally enjoyed "Absolute Friends" but it was quite universally panned by The Press.


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