RR Films: Treachery And Betrayal

With the DUP and the general Brexit maneuverings over here, and Mike Flynn and his ex-boss’s tax giveaway to his wealthy, established friends over there, treachery and betrayal are all around. Politics and matters of state are rich grounds for back-stabbing and double deals, but it happens in everyday life and, of course, love, too.

I’ll kick off with Martin Scorsese’s remake of Wai-Keung Lau and Alan Mak ‘s Infernal Affairs, The Departed. It’s a dangerous game.

What films about treachery and betrayal would you recommend?

26 thoughts on “RR Films: Treachery And Betrayal

  1. Rich topic, and right up my alley. So many films. The Departed a great shout, as it pretty much any Hitchcock, Mamet, Godfather, or noir film. But i’m going to have to go for one that’s not a film per se – which is the BBC’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

    • btw, the tax thing isn’t so much Donny’s betrayal. That’s Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, and the establishment GOP’s baby. Who have to keep their donors happy or they’re cut off of the funds. The fun with betrayals is going to start when Flynn, Jared, and Donny Jr. start throwing each other under the bus. Equally fun is going to be the Podestas, and Comey/DOJ voodoo and if they start throwing Clintons under the bus. Spoiler – they’re all in it together.

      • tbh, I was hoping hypocrisy had been an RR topic this week (I could have also dragged Nigel Frogface into my set-up). I know tax cuts are always the Republican silver bullets but I thought the corporation tax reduction was part of Donny’s big MAGA idea. We’ve all learnt by now that giving more money to people who already have a lot helps those with very little, as they always use it as an opportunity to provide well-paid employment for others rather than salting it away or using it to buy private jets…..

        • Inconsistent as ever, Donny is open to raising the corporate tax rate from the rate the Republican put into the bill. I’m afraid that at least 85 percent of this is on the Repubs. I’ll dig up the charming quote from Charles Grassley re: the estate tax for you. It really is a vile bill. It has vast implications for the state and local (SALT) taxes too, by state.

        • Another good topic would be something along thelines of Fallen Idols or Coverups, or even something along the lines of “it was always Bill Haydon, everyone always knew it was Bill Haydon…”. Lessee, over here, in addition to Kevin Spacey and Weinstein, we’ve just had John Conyers (who you might not know of over there), James Levine, Al Franken, Matt Lauer, Peter Martins, next? As one who has waited on the last 3, and wh judges people by how they treat the working slobs when the cameras are off, i can confirm that they, at least, are complete assholes. Shaudenfraude is good sometimes.

      • I couldn’t wait to see that when it came out, and then i ended up not seeing it after all. I had watched both the BBC TTSS and Smiley’s People agan in preparation, and then thought that the BBC took their sweet time laying out the plot and action, that the film would have been missing so much just by the constraints of length.

          • Yes. It is a brilliant attempt at condensing a densely-plotted book into a couple of screen hours. OK, it takes a few liberties with the plot, but they are done for perfectly valid reasons.

          • Good to see some love for the film version of TTSS, which always seems to get kicked around on GU. The BBC series- which we’re just about to rewatch- had the luxury of about 6 hrs. running time, and space to allow the story to unfold.
            Alfredson’s film, I think, concentrates far more on a visual representation of the themes- claustrophobic settings, vitrine-like mise-en-scenes, long shots looking voyeuristically into interiors, the insides of lifts carrying files back and forth, etc. Where the BBC productions were prosaic in terms of the settings and the filmcraft, Alfredson’s was sumptuous and innovative.

            The cast was also excellent as Neville notes, including a Le Carre cameo. The author was supposed to have been a little lukewarm on the film as a whole but he does seem to nod to Cumberbatch’s portrayal of Guillam as a gay man, in A legacy of spies.

  2. Rich seam indeed. Dial M for Murder and Gone Girl jump to mind immediately.
    Suzi guru’d didn’t she? What a crazy month that was!

  3. So many to choose from, but I’ll just go with my first thought, which is the film of a Harold Pinter play of the same name. It is simply called Betrayal. It stars Ben Kingsley, Patricia Hodge and Jeremy Irons and the significant things about the story is that it is told in reverse.

  4. I can’t remember if I’ve nommed this before but “Mr Smith Goes to Washington” would fit the bill as Jefferson Smith (James Stewart) finds out the truth about American “democracy” and also discovers that your heroes are never as white as they seem ! One of Frank Capra’s greatest films.

    • Two others worth a mention, both concerning police ratting out their corrupt colleagues, “Serpico” with Al Pacino as the whistleblower and the even better imho “Prince of the City” with Treat Williams taking the Pacino part !

  5. Has to be The Maltese Falcon; Bogart superb, the usual fantastic supporting roles from Peter Lorre and Sidney Greenstreet, Mary Astor being the most treacherous of the lot…

    Second place divided between any number of Coen Brothers films.

  6. The 2015 film Slow West features a few examples of betrayal and treachery. Although the main theme is of an intended betrayal which doesn’t happen because of a change of heart.

    I’m not sure if this fits the bill but I’ve been waiting for a chance to nominate the thing for some topic and this is one I can shoehorn it into.

  7. my first thought was Once upon a time in America – a big betrayal revealed years later which one of the leads refuses to acknowledge.

  8. A lot of good suggestions above, I think my “classic” would be Double Indemnity, the ultimate insider betrayal movie, and one in which Barbara Stanwyck’s femme fatale can herself be seen to have been betrayed by a system which accepts her husband’s casual abuse.

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