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  • Summary: 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 relative 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 the Normandy D-Day invasion. In his inexhaustible imagination he even went so far as to secure death benefits from the Nazis for an imaginary agent's nonexistent widow. (First Run Features) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: G. Allen Johnson
    Nov 14, 2011
    He was so good at his job he was awarded an honorary knighthood by the British and the Iron Cross II by the Nazis. Talk about playing both sides!
  2. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Nov 16, 2011
    Even without the fine psychological shading, Garcia's story is a doozy.
  3. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Dec 7, 2011
    Edmon Roch's Garbo the Spy is an engrossing documentary that is itself largely a work of the director's imagination.
  4. Reviewed by: Karina Longworth
    Nov 15, 2011
    Some of this footage feels like filler, but Roch's concept is strong: He's creating a dialogue between the fictions Pujol created to help win the war and the fictions Hollywood created to memorialize that victory.
  5. Reviewed by: Shawn Levy
    Jan 5, 2012
    The story told in Garbo: The Spy is so outlandish that you almost feel as if you're watching a mockumentary. But it appears to be entirely true.
  6. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Nov 18, 2011
    Fascinating though it is, the movie is thin on historical materials.
  7. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Nov 15, 2011
    The jarring juxtapositions only heighten the enigmatic air of the film's subject; even when he's right in front of us, he seems to be plotting his next wily act.

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