Regarded as the most productive counterinsurgency operation during the Vietnam War, the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) backed Phoenix Program was designed to identify, capture and kill Vietcong insurgents. The program was overseen by future Director of the CIA, William Colby. Colby spent most of his life working in intelligence for the US and now his son Carl Colby examines his father’s role in his new documentary “The Man Nobody Knew: In Search of My Father, CIA Spymaster William Colby”. Teresa Jue of The Daily Bruin reviews, Colby’s new film.
For a documentary about a son reflecting on the life of his father, “The Man Nobody Knew: In Search of My Father, CIA Spymaster William Colby” is decidedly less scandalous than expected, even when the father happens to be William Colby, former director of central intelligence at the CIA.
Director Carl Colby examines the life of his elusive father, and the controversies that he dealt with during his tenure with the CIA. While the film’s title begs to be that of a paperback espionage thriller, the film is decidedly more subtle and frankly a little dull, focusing more on the historical aspect of the CIA director’s work during the Vietnam War and his consequent dismissal from the agency.
Changing between William Colby’s life at work and with his family, a large part of the documentary deals with his implementation of the Phoenix Program during the Vietnam War, which was designed to root out VietCong insurgents but instead was seen by the public and Congress as a torture and assassination program. While this interlude of history injected a bit of salaciousness into Colby’s life, there was disappointingly little repercussion that was seen in the documentary.
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