My Meaningful Movies: 3 Days of the Condor
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The "bad guys" seem to be twenty steps ahead of our hero, but it does them no good as they are all handily dispatched by a sixtysome-year old, formerly heavily medicated agent they must be habitually underestimating because of the ease with which he is able to kill those trying to kill him [with the "obligatory survivors" that are killed "later" by the hero]. The whole book almost felt like a paranoid delusion or bizarre dream episode, it was so filled with various individuals trying to figure out if a stranger was truly an innocent bystander or a member of a team of assassins getting ready to strike the hero dead.
In some respects, it did remind me of Lee Child's books about Jack Reacher, except that I would say Lee Child does a better job on most days. It also reminded me of the movie with Mel Gibson and Julia Roberts, where he plays some kind of soldier-spy who was being forced to take meds because he knew too much about some "top-secret" government organization he was trying to expose to the world at large.
This novel takes the stance that this organization cannot be exposed because of the damage its exposure can cause to the reputation of the United States and its various intelligence-gathering agencies, so changes are made to the organization to ensure the circumstances in the book [including the killing of innocent bystanders and torture of innocent parties] do not happen again.
In some respects, it did remind me of Confessions of an Economic Hitman in that fantastic claims are made and the author shows how dots from disparate events can be connected to create a new narrative for what happened.
When we read about a news event in the paper or online where somebody dies or something "happens", how do we really know that what we are reading is THE TRUTH and not just some fictional account created to hide what really happened? How can we believe what we are reading when it can be so easily distorted and misrepresented by those "paragons of virtue", the various forms of news media [be they newspapers, CNN, or the internet]?
It really is a paranoid tale about paranoid individuals and government agencies so secret that there is no "official" or "unofficial" record of their existence, and yet this agency [or these agencies] can decide who lives and who dies with impunity. It was a crazy book with a lot of crazy action in it. I do not know how believable it is. It also has a couple of crazy-intense 'sex scenes' in it that were nuts [not "disgusting, degrading nuts" but just "intense"].
I did like the discussion about how code names are reused by multiple agents over time; there might be five agents over five decades who all went by the same code name; so to ask if "code name: What did I say?
Do I have permission to take a shower? You don't have to help, you know. You can always depend on the old spyfucker. No, I didn't mean--I didn't mean to say that.
I'd like to help you. Does he trust you? He's in the suspicion business. He can't trust anybody. How could anybody fool them? Maybe there's another CIA You… you have a lot of very fine qualities.
You have good eyes. Not kind, but… they don't lie, and they don't look away much, and they don't miss anything. I could use eyes like that. But you're overdue in Vermont. What will he do? I'd like to go back to New York. You have not much future there. It will happen this way. You may be walking. Maybe the first sunny day of the spring. And a car will slow beside you, and a door will open, and someone you know, maybe even trust, will get out of the car. And he will smile, a becoming smile.
But he will leave open the door of the car and offer to give you a lift. You seem to understand it all so well.
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What would you suggest? Personally, I prefer Europe. Well, the fact is, what I do is not a bad occupation. Someone is always willing to pay. I would find it… tiring. Oh, no — it's quite restful. No need to believe in either side, or any side. There is no cause. The belief is in your own precision. I was born in the United States, Joubert.
I miss it when I'm away too long. I don't think so. Do we have plans to invade the Middle East? Do we have plans? What would it take?
Is there a cheaper way to destabilize a regime? That's what we're paid to do. So Atwood just took the games too seriously. He was really going to do it, wasn't he? What if there hadn't been any heat? Suppose I hadn't stumbled on their plan? Fact is, there was nothing wrong with the plan. Oh, the plan was all right, the plan would've worked. Boy, what is it with you people?
You think not getting caught in a lie is the same thing as telling the truth? Today it's oil, right? In ten or fifteen years, food.
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And maybe even sooner. The cinematography is a notorious asset to the film because it always captures things from a fair distance which gives viewers the feeling that they are spying on the character, further reinforcing the themes of paranoia in the narrative. The cinematography is able to capture the scope of the Joseph Turner's journey and the world around him while managing to maintain the atmosphere for a long time with extended shots, requiring editing minimally but still managing to use it effectively during the more fast-paced moments of the narrative.
Essentially, Three Days of the Condor is shot and edited very well as a means of matching the pace with the latter element being effective enough to earn the film an Academy Award nomination.
And of course the brilliance of the cast in Three Days of the Condor is what keeps it consistently engaging even at the slowest of times. Robert Redford's leading performance is a very strong asset to Three Days of the Condor.
Although there is a lot of complications going on in the conspiracy at the heart of the narrative which requires the story to focus on many characters, Robert Redford's intense leading performance keeps things centred on him the whole time. Never letting his guard down for a second, Robert Redford manages keep a firm a grip on the complicated array of situations he has to face through a strong understanding of the material, cleverly conveying the intelligent nature of the character.
And during some of the more intense moments in the film, Robert Redford proves himself capable of putting up a fight with strong physical energy.
Robert Redford carries Three Days of the Condor very nicely. Faye Dunaway also brings in a strong effort.
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Caught up in the intense mood of the story, Faye Dunaway manages to keep herself on edge throughout the entire story. Her chemistry with Robert Redford is impressive since Kathy Hale starts out as a victim of hostage antagonism but gradually manages to develop a genuine sense of trust with him.
From there, the dramatic sparks develop into a romantic attachment where the two share a genuine sense of passion. Faye Dunaway works very well with Robert Redford to establish a rich engagement between characters, and it helps to add more a more human touch to the story.
Max Von Sydow is also a nice touch. Without having to say all that much in Three Days of the Condor, Max Von Sydow naturally has a sense of sophisticated mystery about him which plays to the benefit of his villainous nature. He is so professional about the role that he shows no feeling whatsoever when responsible for an assassination, yet there is nothing hollow about how he does it.
The man is so strong in the part that he never comes off as being the enemy of the story, simply a hired gun with a strong attitude towards what he does. And when he interacts with Robert Redford more closely towards the end of the story, there is much intrigue. Max Von Sydow captures his part with such ease that it almost seems routine for the actor.
So Three Days of the Condor may rely on dated subject matter and a slow pace, but it provides audiences perspective into a different time with intense direction from Sydney Pollack and strong performances from its cast.
Ethan P December 13, Three Days of the Condor is exhilarating and suspenseful, and Robert Redford is up for the challenge, but the story is unbelievable and a bookworm would never be able to hide from the CIA like that.
September 5, I just read books. Joseph Turner is hired by the CIA to read large amounts of records and report his key findings.