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Robert Zemeckis’s new spy movie has an illustrious, and obvious, ancestry


OF ALL THE CASTS IN ALL THE WORLD: Pitt and Cotillard play it the old way in Allied.

REMEMBER WHEN spies used to be sexy? Jason Bourne runs too fast for romance; he’s a chaste ninja for whom women are agents of grief, not objects of desire. You have to go back to 1975, to Faye Dunaway and Robert Redford in Three Days of the Condor, to find intrigues of the state and the heart plotted as if they were the same thing. Or the stars of Notorious, shot by Alfred Hitchcock in 1946 in such enveloping close-up that all else—the Nazis, the uranium ore Mac-Gun—was forgotten. Try telling anyone that Notorious is about the atomic bomb, and all you get is blank stares. But how absurd. It’s about Cary Grant nibbling Ingrid Bergman’s ear.

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