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Old August 9 2012, 03:46 PM   #913
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Re: Movies Seen in 2012

Topaz was inspired by real events and people. The Soviet defector was modeled on Anatoli Golitsyn, Castro really visited Harlem, there was a French spy scandal, etc. The problems perceived in the movie stem from the incompatibility of theatrical/movie narrative with real life. The script did not cast aside the facts willy nilly in pursuit of a conventionally shaped tale. Nor did it find its own way to tell a true story, not least because it was controversial, potentially libelous, I suppose. Hitchcock was just the director, he couldn't replace what wasn't on the page.
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