Conference on World Affairs

CWA Announces Ebert Interruptus Pick

The Oscar-nominated film Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy will be the subject for dissection at this year's Conference on World Affairs Ebert Interruptus, the CWA's annual week-long interactive film analysis.

Seattle film critic and current host of the Interruptus series, Jim Emerson, says, "A number of my critic friends and I thought Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy was the best English-language movie of last year--even those of us who were unfamiliar with the book and couldn't quite follow all the strands of the labyrinthine espionage plot the first time through. But the look, the atmosphere, the performances kept us riveted from beginning to end. Directed by Tomas Alfredson, Tinker Tailor is one of the most imaginatively conceived, written, directed, photographed, designed, and performed movies of recent years. Every scene, every shot, contains intriguing details--and those are the kinds of things we always look forward to discovering and discussing at the Ebert Interruptus!"

An uninterrupted screening of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy will be held on Monday, April 9 at 4 p.m. in Macky Auditorium, to be followed by four days of Interruptus sessions from April 10-13, also in Macky at 4 p.m. each day. During the four days of the Interruptus, any member of the audience may freeze the film by yelling, 'Stop!" in order to make comments or ask questions.

Roger Ebert, who created the Interruptus with CWA founder Howard Higman in 1975, believes Tinker is a perfect fit for the event. "I will keenly miss attending this week's sessions, because I would dearly love to understand this movie. Maybe--the first time, anyway--it's one of those movies where you simply sink into the experience without following it."

The CWA's annual shot-by-shot film analysis has inspired the commentary tracks for DVDs of Dark City, Casablanca, Floating Weeds and Citizen Kane, which won Variety's Video Premiere award as the best DVD commentary of the year.

The Sixty-fourth Annual Conference on World Affairs will be held April 9-13, 2012 on the University of Colorado's Boulder campus. The week's broad array of panels, plenaries and performances are all free and open to the public. A list of confirmed participants can be found at