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also known as Garbo El espía

Garbo: The Spy2009

  • 4.3
The Allies called him Garbo. The Nazis dubbed him Alaric. Both sides in World War II were sure Juan Pujol Garcia was their man. In reality, Pujol was a double agent, and his final allegiance was to the Allies. From the comfort of Lisbon, Garbo fed false information to the Nazis and fabricated a network of phantom agents across Europe. Although he never fired a single shot, Garbo helped to save thousands of lives, most notably by misinforming the Germans about the timing and location of D-Day. In his inexhaustible imagination he even went so far as to secure death benefits from the Nazis for an imaginary agent's nonexistent widow. In this documentary thriller, director Edmon Roch (producer of Alejandro González Iñárritu's BIUTIFUL) artfully interweaves propaganda footage, interviews with intelligence experts and key players in Garbo's life (as well as with Garbo himself), and clips from Hollywood films to conjure forgotten and living memories, heroes and spies, secrets and lies.

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Truth is truly stranger than fiction. And that's the case with this fascinating, real life, World War II spy thriller that delivers a dynamic, multi-media fusion of history, legend, and mystery to tell the compelling tale of an unknown soldier in the great conflict of the 20th century—deftly told by filmmakers of the 21st century.

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Truth is truly stranger than fiction. And that's the case with this fascinating, real life, World War II spy thriller that delivers a dynamic, multi-media fusion of history, legend, and mystery to tell the compelling tale of an unknown soldier in the great conflict of the 20th century—deftly told by filmmakers of the 21st century.

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I love these WWII documentaries. This one is no different. An amazing story how a normal citizen turns himself into an amazing spy. One brilliant guy!

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