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5.0 out of 5 stars A sign of reality and truth..., February 4, 2012
This review is from: Mission To Moscow (DVD)
This film, along with the excellent book ANOTHER LOOK AT STALIN by the late Ludo Martens, provides a glimpse into what could have been had Harry Truman had not been made VP.

Don't operate under the idea that FDR appointed a well-versed lawyer, whose case history reached into the highest echelons of legal philosophy, and then sent him to Russia so to be duped hand over foot by the USSR. That's not just insulting to Davies, it insults FDR, the REAL target of the Red Scare. The entire Red Scare was about un-making the progress towards equal rights made by the Democrats, Stalin aided workplace de-segregation drives in the US workplaces through the CPUSA and the Southern Strategy Democrats needed Harry Truman to wrangle the party back to the Right.

To do so, he intentionally re-negged on Yalta, demonized Stalin, and re-cast the Civil Rights movement as a Communist plot with the aid of J. Edgar Hoover and Joseph McCarthy. Heck, even an FBI pamphlet said that 'if your neighbor is opposed to race segregation, he may be a Soviet agent'! All these things cloud our true understanding of the Soviet democratic system and how they won World War II, holding a line well before Britain joined in.

I am not a Commie Red liberal, I just believe in historical veracity, and the documentary evidence published by both the USSR and the USA prove that the Red Scare was an anti-integration movement, akin to the modern Tea Party.
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Initial post: May 10, 2012 10:56:52 PM PDT
Brian says:
yes, i'm sure if it weren't for truman, hoover and mccarthy, stalin wouldn't have been 'demonized' so unfairly for imprisoning, torturing, starving and murdering tens of millions of his own people. and turns out it was all just a plot to quash civil rights in the u.s.! i honestly don't know where conspiracists like you are hatched. i can only guess it's some dimly lit parallel universe where tyrants are heroes, anyone you disagree with is secretly racist, and history teaches there existed such a thing as a 'soviet democratic system.' shine on, you crazy diamond.

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Posted on Feb 3, 2013 6:29:50 PM PST
Carlos Roso says:
You're absolutely right, Andrew.

Posted on Jun 4, 2013 12:33:45 AM PDT
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Sam Clemens says:
Ha ha. I just viewed this film...and found it a painful, boring experience. This is the worst piece of clap-trap, junk propaganda I have ever seen. As it happens, I hold that the Cold War was one of the worst mistakes our country ever made (so I am not a McCarthy-type anti-communist nut), but Lenin and Stalin were not enlightened, good-hearted individuals forging a Russian "worker's paradise" based on the will of the people. They were tyrants and demagogues who co-opted the original Russian revolution, and built the Soviet Union from the top down, led by the "Vanguard," on the bloody Bolshevik agenda, with plenty of help from the secret police and the hangman.

My God, to cite but two examples, Stalin entered into a non-agression pact with Nazi Germany (betraying Russia's allies and many of its supporters around the world), then soon divvied up Poland, along with that country. Before long, the Soviet leader executed his entire officer corps, and banished millions to incarceration in the wastes of Siberia. Another is the fact that Lenin--before him--was into plenty of bald-faced machinations and violence, and pushed whatever policies would work to further his ambitions. He was no idealist, by any stretch of the imagination. Power, opportunism and pragmatism were what the game was about. Finally, on paper, the Soviet Union was a classless society, but the reality is that the commissars and top Party officials were the new elite, with their nice cars and dachas. As a Soviet citizen, you might have a job and roof over your head, but it was common for several families to occupy one house, and one or more family members had to wait in long lines for any essentials like food and clothing. And, travel within the country (not to speak of travel without!) was very restricted.

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