“Garbo: The Spy” profiles the enigmatic counterspy Spaniard Juan Pujol Garcia, the only person to have been decorated by both the Allies and the Axis for service during the Second World War. Code-named “Garbo” by British intelligence and dubbed “Alaric” by the Nazis, this self-made double agent earned recognition after taking it upon himself to fabricate a network of phantom agents across Europe and feeding false information to the Nazis. As a result, Pujol contributed to saving thousands of lives for both sides, most notably by misinforming the Germans about the timing and location of the Normandy invasion. This documentary thriller artfully interweaves fragments of World War II propaganda footage, interviews with key players in Pujol’s life, and clips from Hollywood films to conjure forgotten and living memories, heroes and spies, secrets and lies.
Charlotte Rampling: The Look
Release Date: November 4, 2011 (NY)
Studio: Kino Lorber
Director: Angelina Maccarone
Screenwriter: Angelina Maccarone
Starring: Charlotte Rampling, Cynthia Fleury, Joy Fleury, Barnaby Southcombe, Juergen Teller, Anthony Palliser, Franckie Diago, Frederick Seidel, Peter Lindbergh, Paul Auster
Genre: Biography, Documentary
A biographical study of legendary actress Charlotte Rampling, told through her own conversations with artist friends and collaborators, including Peter Lindbergh, Paul Auster, and Juergen Teller. Intercut with footage from some of Rampling’s most famous films, this “self-portrait through others” is a revealing look at one of our most iconic screen stars.
Young Goethe in Love
Release Date: November 4, 2011 (NY, LA)
Studio: Music Box Films
Director: Philipp Stolzl
Screenwriter: Alexander Dydyna, Christoph Muller, Philipp Stolzl
Starring: Alexander Fehling, Miriam Stein, Moritz Bleibtreu, Volker Bruch
Germany 1772 – the young, dashing Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Alexander Fehling) aspires to be a poet, but, after failing his law exams, is sent by his father (Henry Huebchen) to a provincial court to mend his ways. Unsure of his talent and eager to prove himself, Goethe soon wins the praise and friendship of his superior, Kestner (Moritz Bleibtreu). Goethe soon falls madly in love with the pretty and free-spirited Lotte (Miriam Stein,) but their secret love affair is compromised as the young lovers are unaware that Lotte’s father has already promised her hand to another man…
The Greening of Whitney Brown
Release Date: November 11, 2011 (NY, LA, limited)
Studio: Arc Entertainment
Director: Peter Skillman Odiome
Screenwriter: Gail Gilchriest
Starring: Brook Shields, Sammi Hanratty, Aidan Quinn, Kris Kristofferson
MPAA Rating: PG (for brief mild language)
Summary: Whitney Brown, a spoiled pre-teen from Philadelphia, is forced to move to the country when her parents feel the squeeze of economic hard times. A fish out of water, far from her comfort zone, she befriends an amazing horse, and undertakes a misguided journey back to her old life, only to discover that her family is her home.