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'Tinker Tailor': Gary Oldman on the film's repressed sexuality [video]

December 14, 2011 |  2:52 pm

 Tinker Tailor
When you consider Cold War spying, particularly as it relates to the novels of John le Carré, sex and sexuality may not be the first things that come to mind. But the topics are very much a part of the new movie "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy." As Gary Oldman, who plays master intelligence office George Smiley, discusses in this excerpt from the Envelope Screening Series, adultery and homosexuality make up a large part of the film's subtext, a reflection not only of the double lives many spies lived but also a product of the kinds of young men Britain recruited to keep world affairs in order.




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Photo: David Dencik, left, and Benedict Cumberbatch in "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy." Credit: Jack English