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I Was a Communist for the FBI

Posted by martinteller on November 19, 2010

Well, there’s no overlooking the politics in this one.  This film goes to ridiculous lengths to demonize the Communist Party as racist, sexist, anti-Semitic, devious, violent, you name it.  Frankly I’m amazed they didn’t throw in a few homosexuals.  This movie is so gung-ho patriotic that “Battle Hymn of the Republic” actually plays over the final scene, as the camera zooms in on a bust of Lincoln.  It’s pure Cold War, pro-HUAC paranoid propaganda.  I’m not a Communist and I’m glad it never caught on here, but this was so over-the-top I was almost offended.  But like Woman on Pier 13, if you ignore its political agenda, it’s not a bad movie.  It does a good job of earning sympathy for Matt Cvetic (a solid if unremarkable performance by Frank Lovejoy) and his heartache over being branded a “slimy Red” by his loved ones.  It’s got some exciting sequences and raw brutality, and once again very fine photography.  I have to admit I wasn’t bored… but that was partly because it was so hilariously one-sided.  Rating: 5


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