Juan Pujol García, a double agent during WWII who spied for both Germany and Britain (but whose allegiance lay with the Allies rather than the Axis forces), this must have come a little easier than for most. (Señor Pujol, early in his career during the Spanish Civil War, once tried to desert the Republicans to join with Franco's forces, but his sense of direction proven so faulty that he flubbed it.)
GARBO: THE SPY -- which won Best European Documentary Film at the Seville European Film fest, as well as a Goya Award for Best doc -- filmmaker Edmon Roch, shown at left, weaves together the story of Pujol's spying into a marvelous piece of entertainment, alternately surprising and often hilarious (in an after-the-fact way: What Pujol did was evidently paramount to the allies' winning of the war). Via archival film, into which has been spliced footage from a number of WWII narrative films from Hollywood and Britain, together with interviews with intelligence specialists, former spies, journalists and Pujol and his families (yes, that's plural: the man was double in so many ways), Roch gives us a crisp and generally delightful look at the events, if not the fellow in the middle of them.
Our Man in Havana, with Alec Guinness in the spy role created by author Graham Greene, who evidently took his inspiration from the exploits of Pujol (shown below, right, as a young man during the Spanish Civil War).
Hogan's Heroes than the Germans of Stalag 17.
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