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Frothy TV wartime drama,
This review is from: Spies of Warsaw [DVD] (DVD)
This made-for-TV two-parter is entertaining enough in its own right. If it hadn't been based on Alan Furst's magnificent novel The Spies Of Warsaw then it could be rated more highly... but it fails to capture the tension, subtlety and intricacy of the original book. Instead this is quite a clumsy effort if you're familiar with the plot and complex characters.
On the other hand, viewed in its own right, this filmic adaptation is an enjoyable slice of mainstream TV. David Tennant puts in a good turn in the leading role. His frustration as a French intelligence officer who can't convince his superiors of the threat of war -- of the imminence of a rapid tank attack -- is obvious. The inexorable build-up to war and the looming shadows which sprawl over Poland are well portrayed. perhaps the most compelling character is the Polish intelligence officer who knows that his country is about to be ripped to shreds by two giant super-powers, and can do little to save it, nor to waken the world to the danger which faces all of Europe.
So if you haven't read then book then you'll probably enjoy this DVD.
But if you are a fan of Alan Furst's dense, richly detailed prose -- pass on by. This will almost inevitably disappoint you.