In this historical drama set during the cold war, a brooklyn attorney is tasked with negotiating a prisoner exchange between an american pilot who was shot down over the ussr and a soviet spy serving a 45year sentence for espionage against the u. All these details are clues in identifying the title and author of the book. At the height of the cold war, a soviet spy and an american spyplane pilot are captured. Glienicke bridge, a bridge in berlin and site of four cold war prisoner exchanges. Frankly, i did not expect much from it, because stories of this sort tend to be quite garbled. Bridge of spies by michael sragow on october 14, 2015 youd never know from watching bridge of spies that its hero, james b. Bridge of spies quotes by giles whittell goodreads. Bridge of spies movie clip act of war 2015 tom hanks. In the movie, the storyline centers around james donovan tom hanks. Steven spielbergs new film bridge of spies dramatizes an incredible spy exchange that took place at the height of the cold war. During the cold war, an american lawyer is recruited to defend an arrested soviet spy in court, and then help the cia facilitate an exchange of the spy for the soviet captured american u2 spy plane pilot, francis gary powers. Is the movie bridge of spies based on a true story. Bridge of spies book author sues over rights to title of steven. Both the man and his representation are devoid of expression, framed in a dusty backdrop and only distinguished by shirts of different colors.
The farcical nature of his missions, and the tragic fate of. Online resources can help with your search for a halfremembered book, even if all you have is a basic plot line. Bridge of spies finds new life in hollywoods classic cold war espionage thriller formula, thanks to reliably outstanding work from steven spielberg and tom hanks. The dramatic events behind the oscarwinning film, bridge of spies, tracing the paths leading to the first. Donovan began his walk toward the center of the glienicke bridge, the famous bridge of spies that then linked west berlin to east. Bridge of spies is an excellent history channel documentary wrapped within the guise of a fully complete story.
Bridge of spies is a 2015 historical drama film directed and coproduced by steven spielberg, written by matt charman and the coen brothers, and starring tom hanks, mark rylance, amy ryan, and alan alda. So bridge of spies, steven spielbergs factbased drama about cold war. A true story of the cold war and jonathan miless the dangerous otto katz. Bridge of spies is the true story of three extraordinary characters whose fate helped to define the conflicts and lethal undercurrents of the. Willie fisher, alias rudolf abel, was a soviet spy in the finest traditions of the bolshevik illegals named in comparison to legals, who had diplomatic cover as. Playing abel in bridge of spies, rylance has a great line eliding that silence in three words.
And like a teacher in control of his classroom, the movie is mostly effective because of what it keeps in check. Taking the time to fully explore each throughline from top to bottom would have gone a long way towards creating a great and lasting emotional impact. He unstiffens his lines, so that a statement like the next mistake our. Bridge of spies and millions of other books are available for instant access. A true story of the cold war is a 2010 nonfiction book by giles whittell. Screenwriter matt charman is the guy who unearthed this true story, and. Bridge of spies is a movie that basically flew under the radar. James donovan, a brooklyn lawyer, finds himself thrust into the center of the cold war when the cia sends him on the nearimpossible task to negotiate the. Bridge of spies was directed by steven spielberg and written by matt charman and joel and ethan coen. The exchange depicted in bridge of spies and made possible by donovans work is the first and most famous one to have taken place there. I saw steven spielbergs new film bridge of spies, which was well made as far as these things go. I was expecting a standard second world war spy story but the quality of the writing and characterisation of anna soon absorbed me in. The movie bridge of spies starring tom hanks is very different than the book bridge of spies by giles whittell.
Set during the midst of the cold war, it is based on the true story of u. A dramatic thriller set against the backdrop of a series of historic events, dreamworks picturesfox 2000 pictures bridge of spies tells the story. In the early morning of february 10, 1962, james b. Back behind enemy lines gripped me because of its originality and ability to outwit my expectations of both plot and character. But what truly stood out in bridge of spies were the leadership lessons. When he arrives, the familiar yet different neighborhood brings back new, specific memories. Bridge of spies, a 2015 film directed by steven spielberg. Donovan, mark rylance plays the russian spy rudolf abel, and amy ryan is mary donovan. Three years after his lincoln became a critical and commercial hit, legendary director steven spielberg is back to tell another story of american history with his latest film, bridge of spies. And while i understand that there was a great deal of imagination added to the very interesting back story, the way it was done did not take away from. This film has only just come out and you should probably go and see it before. Bridge of spies is a thrilling true story of espionage and superpower diplomacy at one of the tensest moments of the cold war, centered around a prisoner exchange in berlin in 1962. Bridge of spies steven spielberg is in history teacher mode for bridge of spies, a dramatized account of insurance lawyer james donovans involvement in a highly publicized 1957 espionage case.
Bridge of spies book author sues over rights to title of steven spielberg film january 2016 defence and security blog spies, resistance and maps. The new steven spielberg film, bridge of spies, begins with a man in a mirror. First, pin down everything you can remember about the book, plot, character names, time period in which the book may have been published, genre, etc. It was cold outside, miserable inside, and godless everywhere.
The book documents prisoner exchanges between the united states. Brian tallerico is the editor of, and also covers television, film, bluray, and video games. The dramatic events behind the oscarwinning film, bridge of spies, tracing the paths leading to the first and most legendary prisoner exchange between east and west at berlins glienicke bridge and checkpoint charlie on february 10, 1962. Opening in 1957, when the cold war was atomically hot, bridge of spies offers up a world of shadows and the men who haunt them for country, company as in c. Steven spielbergs newest film, bridge of spies, opens on oct. Finally seeing it, i realized pretty quickly why it was flying under the radar. An american lawyer has to use all his negotiating skills to navigate between the bitter enemies and broker a spyswap deal. Bridge of spies continues that tradition, in the best possible way.
It stars tom hanks as attorney james donovan, a man who first. The british author of a book called bridge of spies is suing studios behind. He is also the editor of magills cinema annual, a writer for the new york times, vulture, the av club, and rolling stone, and. Tom hanks stars in bridge of spies, the new thriller from director steven spielberg. The book documents prisoner exchanges between the united states and the soviet union of their spies during the cold war. In the films opening shot, rudolf abel mark rylance leans back into a mirror as he paints a picture of himself. Plot the films title, bridge of spies, refers to a real bridge in berlin which once connected the east and the west and now is known as the glienicke bridge. Who were the three men the american and soviet superpowers. An audiobook version was subsequently published by isis publishing, being read by jonathan keeble. Sentenced to 10 years in prison, powers only hope is new york lawyer james donovan, recruited by a cia operative to negotiate his release. The unique scent of privet in the summer air evokes childhood memories and encourages him to travel from germany, where he lives, back to the close, the english neighborhood where he grew up. Bridge of spies book author sues over rights to title of. Riveting, meticulously researched and beautifully written, bridge of spies unlocks one of the most fascinating espionage mysteries of the cold war ben macintyre, author of agent zigzag and sas rogue heroes bridge of spies is a gripping, entertaining, hairraising and comical story, which moves effortlessly from the. Donovan is recruited by the cia and involved in an intense negotiation mission to.
The nickname comes from the fact that it was often the scene of prisoner exchanges between the american intelligence services and those of east germany. Bridge of spies is never less than brilliantly made, tense and with a satisfyingly twisty plot but spielbergs recurring late period theme of honest men doing their best in a wicked world is. During world war one, british intelligence recruit a famous writer and send him to run a spy ring in switzerland. The names, places and incident are all reality based. The elderly protagonist, stephen wheatley, narrates the story of his childhood, after fifty years have passed. Finding a book when youve forgotten its title the new. He shows off his books to prove he is a student, but he is subsequently arrested. S pycraft and stoic selfreflection merge fitfully, but to great effect, in bridge of spies, steven spielbergs taut cold war thriller. Few facts apart, most of the movie depicts the incident as it took place. I knew it was coming out this year, but kept forgetting, didnt really even know what it was about, and had only seen the trailer a couple of times. The movie represents only a very small portion of the book.
Bridge centers on james donovan tom hanks, a lawyer who becomes involved in a prisoner exchange with rudolf abel. With him walked rudolf ivanovich abel, master spy and for years the chief of soviet espionage in the united states. Set during the cold war, the film tells the story of lawyer james b. The british author of a book called bridge of spies is suing studios behind the oscarnominated steven spielberg movie of the same name in a dispute over use of the title. Inspired by true events, bridge of spies is the remarkable story of james donovan hanks, a brooklyn attorney who finds himself thrust into the centre of the cold war when the cia sends him on the nearimpossible mission to negotiate the release of a captured american pilot.797 717 947 773 813 945 986 581 105 1034 745 1239 296 1259 12 472 685 772 791 1217 35 1533 88 871 97 1467 164 1446 624 1456 625 1052 614 818 741 640 368 1295 440 1304 1203 1261 1130 402 729 990 1216