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"I Was a Communist for the F.B.I."

Shown on noir film night, the Movies! channel. 1951, with Frank Lovejoy playing Matt Cvetic, directed by Brian Foy.

This is based on a series of stories written by Cvetic for the Saturday Evening Post; later made into a book and a radio series. Cvetic spent years undercover for the FBI in a Pittsburgh steel mill, as a registered American Communist, reporting on their activities.

This is a heated propaganda film, excoriating the party, beliefs, and actions, describing members as thugs and killers during the time of the Big Red Scare. It has been labeled ultra-patriotic by some, "but it plays recklessly with fire" (New York Times). It was nominated for an Academy Award for best documentary film.

A very interesting period piece with a decent story, if you can stand the overhyped political basis for it.

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Topic - "I Was a Communist for the F.B.I." - free.ranger 08:28:05 01/18/21 (49)


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