The Man Nobody Knew: In Search Of My Father, CIA Spymaster William Colby (2011)

DailyView: Day 97, Movie 164

Today, Amazon Prime is offering up a documentary for the DailyView binge. It is a documentary that was made by a son, trying to look deeper at his father and the career that his father had chosen. Thing is… that career was as a CIA spy.

Carl Colby put together the documentary about his father, William Colby, and much of the history of the CIA.

The personalized sections of the documentary, with Carl Colby interviewing people close to his life, his mother, his sister, people who knew his father and could give him some information of the man that he did not really know was the most effective aspects of the doc. When they go into the more details of the CIA and the world at large, the doc meanders. When Carl is able to tie William into the events of the world, the movie is much more interesting.

Some of the most intriguing parts of the documentary were the interview with William’s wife, Barbara. She carefully chose each word that she said with precision and specificity. She gave the impression that she knew more than what she was saying.

I would have liked to go into the death of William Colby more because it sounded like a fascinating time. The doc touches upon it at the beginning and the end of the film, but it does not go into great detail.

Looking at this with now with the knowledge of Donald Rumsfeld, Henry Kissinger etc. really makes you wonder what was going on in truth.

There are areas of this doc that I wanted more of, but other parts that I would have preferred to have less details on. It was a interesting watch either way.

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