In The Game, everything is surreal. A checkered playing field stretches to the horizon and we see Ostrovsky’s most traditional metaphors—chess pieces, marbles, diplomatic papers, hats, moonlight, beautiful women and more. Espionage is shown as a self-contained, timeless, perpetual motion machine—a traveling circus looking for an empty field to occupy. As a soldier looks for a war to fight, a spy looks for an opportunity to gather information. At the end of the day, espionage has little to do with noble causes. It’s just a game looking for a place to play.