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    Joe Stalin, Superhero

    By Kyle | February 15, 2012

    Don’t miss this week’s TCM presentation of the Stalinist propaganda film “Mission to Moscow,” made at the urging of FDR, who is presented as a sort of holy figure in the film. My colleague Lou Lumenick has more on this Warner Brothers production, which is one of Hollywood’s biggest embarrassments of all time. Paging Walter Duranty!

    Topics: Movies | 1 Comment »

    One Response to “Joe Stalin, Superhero”

    1. K Says:
      February 16th, 2012 at 2:02 am

      A horribly biased movie.

      Nowhere does it record the Soviet’s advanced free health care, free child care, free college tuition. Only in passing does it mention the true equality of women achieved in the Soviet union – and this was the 1940s! It’s only a measure of Comrade Stalin’s great tolerance and compassion that he allowed it to be made and seen in the backward decadent capitalist west.

      =Dalton Trumbo