John le Carré at the Movies

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Saturday, January 07, 2012

Author John le Carré's novels of Cold War intrigue have been the basis for quite a few movies, including the new thriller "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy." David Garland presents musical highlights from several of those films, including the 1979 and 2011 adaptations of "Tinker, Tailor...," Sol Kaplan's score for "The Spy Who Came In From The Cold," Quincy Jones's for "The Deadly Affair," and one of Jerry Goldsmith's finest scores from the 1990s, "The Russia House."


"Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" Trailer:

Quincy Jones's Theme for "The Deadly Affair":

"The Spy Who Came in from The Cold":

Comments [5]

winnifred from New York

I raced home on Saturday evening to listen to the programme, and was not let down. I'm a John Le Carre "freak"; I read Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy when I was 10, and have read everything he's written to date (except the Constant Gardener). I was eager to listen to the music because I never really paid much attention to the score whilst watching the films - except the dramatic opening and closing piece for the Alec Guiness (BBC series)Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. I was always so focused on every bit of movement, dialogue, subtle glances cast, specs-cleaning - every gesture, every breath taken meant something.

To be honest, I wondered how much of a response you would receive to this programme, as it has struck me that Americans (only as far as I know) do not seem to appreciate the type of art that Le Carre and his sort bring. To confirm this perception, several weeks ago at the cinema I overheard at least six groups of people at the cinema ask questions such as "what was that about?" and "could someone explain...." and "did you understand that..." and so on after seeing the new Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. I told a friend that John Le Carre was actually in the film (cameo, only) so he plans to see it again.

Thank you very much for the lovely programme. I truely appreciated and enjoyed it. I've got to Episode 2 of Smiley's People, watching it a second time, and paying attention to the score.

Jan. 10 2012 04:40 PM

Could you please post playlists for these programs as you used to?

Jan. 09 2012 11:24 AM
jb3 from New York, NY

A beautifully evocative program reminding me of the films and televisions I watched growing up in the 1960's. The music had brought about a desire to read the books again as well as see the movies.
My simple cold war story was visiting family friends in far Northern Germany in 1977. In the countryside outside Lübeck a soldier in a guard tower trained his rifle sights on me. Never - before or since - have I had a gun aimed at me. The cold war became very real to me at that moment.

Jan. 07 2012 10:09 PM
Marleine Member from NYC from New York City

About the Armenian Instrument David Garland called the "duduk," mentioning tonight its (probable) first use in John le Carre's film: In 1988, Peter Gabriel worked on the score of Martin Scorsese's film "The Last Temptation of Christ," based on the novel of the same name by Kazantzakis.
I am not a musician, just a great admirer and passionate listener; but it would not surprise me if Peter Gabriel used the "duduk" (Turkish, tutek?)in that 1988 work).
Peter Gabriel studied "world" music and re-created the sound of ancient music used on traditional, "ancient" instruments.
Is there anyone out there who would know if this(these) instrument(s) (duduk/tutek?) was (were) used in Scorsese's film? I'd be really curious to know..."The Last Temptation of Christ" had a stupendous, hypnotic, enchanting musical score, one of my favorites to this day...

Jan. 07 2012 09:57 PM
yichihara from NJ

Just before Christmas I watched Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. For someone who had read the book years ago the movie was much expected, awaited, and it did not let me down. This is no-nonsense, hard core espionage movie, very different from Bond series, yet some bittersweet romances are involved. Highly recommended to mature adults who know subtleties of life. To me it’s one of the great movies I want to (will) watch again.

Jan. 07 2012 06:55 PM

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