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Special televisual production,
This review is from: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and Smiley's People Double Pack [DVD]  (DVD)
I adore these series. They encapsulate a mood that cannot be created on film, as they are allowed a methodical pace, and the smaller scale appears so much more representative of the era. The styling of the piece was probably simply of its time, however, today it makes it something special. The setting feels more austere, the concept of 'cold' is everywhere - including within all the relationships. I can recall the 70s well - and all too often the decade is misrepresented by contemporary media - my recollection was dark days, three day weeks, electricity 'melt downs', Football violence, as opposed to everybody walking around in Afghan coats and being 'funky'. Similarly, whilst we have all become more internationally literate, these series still hark back to a period when for the British, most foreign places appeared or at least sounded exotic.
Quite possibly it is my difficulty,nevertheless, Bernard Hepton's character appears to be so wildly different in each of the productions - I did struggle in understanding why this was the case...
Whilst I really enjoyed Gary Oldman's 'Tinker Tailor...' - it appears very much to be a homage to the original BBC production. Oldman appears to have lifted Alec Guinness from these series and undertaken an excellent impersonation. For this reason, I prefer the television series - and really wish that the contemporary movie had chosen another direction...
Seminal BBC viewing - fantastic!