Garbo the Spy

Garbo the Spy

DVD - 2012
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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.
Publisher: United States : First Run Features, 2012.
Branch Call Number: 940.548641 GAR
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (93 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.

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Vivica
Aug 19, 2014

The book had far more details and for that reason it was far more interesting.
But the fact that it this is about a real person and a true story makes it worth the watch (if you are not going to read the book) because it will change everything you thought you knew about the D-Day Invasion. It is such an important and interesting story - it is a shame that the documentary makers left out so much info.

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akirakato
Aug 29, 2013

This is a 2009 Spanish documentary about Juan Pujol Garcia's role in the Second World War, directed by Edmon Roch.
The film tells about a double agent who saved thousands of lives by misinformaing the Germans about the timing and location of the D-Day operation.
In his inexhaustible imagination, he even went so far as to secure death benefits from the Nazis for an imaginary agent's nonexistent widow.
The director artfully interweaves propaganda footage, interviews with intelligence experts and key players in Garbo's life as well as Juan Pujol Garcia himself.
It also includes clips from Hollywood spy films.
Included in this DVD is a 32-minute fascinating and shocking report on Garbo by Nigel West (Intelligence & Espionage expert and Garbo-hunter) who tells you how he identified and found Juan Pujol Garcia in Caracas, Venezuela after two previous failed attempts.
Also included is a 27-minute amazing and amusing U.S. official & secret war-time training film called "Sonic Deception," in which the soldiers of the U.S. signal corps misinformed the Germans about the movements of the Armors Divisin so that the real tanks could make a surprise attack from rear.

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Keogh
May 01, 2013

Tremendously compelling documentary tells the story of a Spaniard who spun a web of tales to German intelligence throughout the Second World War, all the while working with the British, successfully deceiving the Nazi high command so well that they thought him to be their finest source of information, unaware that he was playing them. Juan Pujol's deceptions included phantom agents who were mere figments of his imaginations, drawn together with just enough truth to give credence to his work. The director uses film clips to frame his story, along with expert commentary, and the audience gets to know this man, this spy, whose actions saved the lives of thousands. Despite the gravity of the time, I couldn't help but smile from time to time at the sheer audacity of the man. Required viewing for those with an interest in the espionage side of the Second World War.

aaa5756 Dec 09, 2012

This movie was entertaining and interesting but not one of my favorite for this year. “Not too bad---good performance”. "I fast forwarded a lot but not all the way.”

btmslt Aug 24, 2012

A very interesting account of the work of a real spy. Garbo's work in deceiving the Germans concerning the invasion at Normandy/Clais is remarkable.

Glencoe_Mike Aug 10, 2012

Some may be put off by the style of this documentary, which combines old Hollywood movies and modern music with current interviews. But if you manage to buy into the director's vision the story is compelling.

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