Cinema: Real Life Revisited

Ring of Treason is a semi-documentary spy drama so set on realism that it takes one of Britain's most pedestrian episodes of peacetime espionage as a model, apparently to avoid drama, thrills or sex. The movie re-creates events leading to the 1961 conviction of Gordon Arnold Lonsdale, born Konon Trofimovich Molody, who was recently swapped back to the Russians in exchange for Greville Wynne. Still in a British prison for their association with Lonsdale are pub-crawling Chief Petty Officer Henry Houghton; his plump, middle-aged sweetheart Elizabeth Gee, who filched diagrams, manuals and Admiralty fleet orders; and a pair of personable American...

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