500th Anniversary Celebration (1948)
Description: Five-hundredth anniversary of the autocephalous Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow. Patriarch Aleksei speaks to the assembled patriarchs, striking the theme of Russia’s triumph over false foreign dominance (in this case the Byzantine and Roman churches).
Mikhail Romm: The Russian Question (1948)
Description: This movie, made from a Konstantin Simonov play, was one of the subtler works of the Cold War era. It showed a natural affinity between two nations that had been corrupted by the American yellow press and the power of capitalist money. The picture played on a still-living affection for the wartime ally while presenting the standard government line. In this scene, the honest journalist Smith struggles with his conscience as he dictates his book on Russia, to be sold to the Hearst-like publisher Macpherson.