Tom Hanks, right, plays James Donovan and Mark Rylance, center, is Soviet spy Rudolf Abel in Steven Spielberg's Cold War thriller "Bridge of Spies." But the period's most important character was left on Spielberg's cutting-room floor.
Tom Hanks, right, plays James Donovan and Mark Rylance, center, is Soviet spy Rudolf Abel in Steven Spielberg's Cold War thriller "Bridge of Spies." But the period's most important character was left on Spielberg's cutting-room floor. DreamWorks/Twentieth Century Fox THE WASHINGTON POST
Tom Hanks, right, plays James Donovan and Mark Rylance, center, is Soviet spy Rudolf Abel in Steven Spielberg's Cold War thriller "Bridge of Spies." But the period's most important character was left on Spielberg's cutting-room floor. DreamWorks/Twentieth Century Fox THE WASHINGTON POST

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'Bridge of Spies’ ignores the most important character of the Cold War

October 27, 2015 12:50 PM

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