Tinker Tailer Soldier ... Poor Man
February 8, 2013 11:58 PM Subscribe
Question about how Smiley investigates the role of Esterhase in both the book and film versions of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.
Spoilers within (plus a bonus request for similar movies).
posted by arha to media & arts (13 answers total) 19 users marked this as a favorite
OK, having first watched the film several times and then gone and read the novel, I still have questions about Smiley pulling Esterhase in for questioning.
Specifically, it seems like a move Smiley would only pull after already clearing Esterhase as the mole, at least to himself on some level. However I am missing the point in the plot where he does this. So have I missed something in both the novel and the film, or is it meant to be ambiguous?
Solutions that I have come up with is that he acting on gut instinct after talking to Prideaux, or that am I misreading Smiley's character and he is making a risky move based on Esterhase being the easiest of the four to intimidate (which is a reading that the film might seem to support).
Am I over thinking a plate of beans?
Also, I seem to be in a minority, but I loved, LOVED the film. I loved the intrigue, the pacing, the setting, the repressed characters, the ambiguity. I loved the slow burn in that I am still thinking about it months after watching it. I even loved the fact that I had to watch it twice to understand what the fuck was going on. I would very much love recommendations for similar movies (and books, as I equally loved the book).
Already seen Let the Right One in.