Number of Times Seen – 1 (25 Apr 2021)
Brief Synopsis – As the world begins to fear an impending war, FDR sends lawyer and friend Joseph Davies to be the US ambassador in Russia.
My Take on it – Amazing film that is so insightful as to the politics of the 30′ and 40’s.
This film came out during the middle of World War II and is able to show us the mindset of many of the nations involved on both sides of the Global conflict.
Walter Huston is superb in the lead role and really allows the audience to feel the weight of his character during such tumultuous times.
The story plays out really well and gives the audience a chance to see the way that different nationalities viewed each other during a time when everyone was suspicious of one another due to the fears of everyone involved.
The movie is based on the memoirs of the real Davies and he even gives an introduction to the story at the beginning.
The narration along the way helps give an even more powerful analysis of the events that transpire here.
Most of what happens here is directly from the history books, but it’s great seeing it from a 1943 perspective instead of 70 years later because the conclusions are quite similar.
I can understand why this film was suspected of being communist propaganda at the time, yet, the ideas and themes presented here are much more engaging than one might expect especially given the fact that it’s release was to help give moviegoers a better of idea of who is on both sides of this ongoing war.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – This film was often mentioned during the 1947 House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) in its investigation of alleged Communist “infiltration” of the motion picture industry and was chiefly responsible for the blacklisting of screenwriter Howard Koch. Warner Bros. studio head Jack L. Warner defended the picture as being “made when our country was fighting for its existence, with Russia as one of our allies . . . The picture was made only to help a desperate war effort and not for posterity.”(From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)
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