Directed by Agnieszka Holland ◆ Written by Andrea Chalupa ◆ Produced by Film Produkcja ◆ Distributed by Samuel Goldwyn Films
The Spy Who Came in From the Cold (1965)
Directed by Martin Ritt ◆ Written by John le Carré, Paul Dehn, and Guy Trosper ◆ Produced by Salem Films ◆ Distributed by Paramount Pictures
My Man Godfrey (1936)
Directed by Gregory La Cava ◆ Written by Morrie Ryskind and Eric Hatch ◆ Produced and distributed by Universal Pictures
The story of the Soviet Union’s blunders under Lenin’s rule are legion, but they didn’t compare to the harebrained policies unleashed by Communist bureaucrats in thrall to Joseph Stalin in the 1930s, which are ably depicted in Polish activist Agnieszka Holland’s film Mr. Jones.
The Holodomor, a man-made famine that resulted from Stalin’s nutty plans to collectivize Ukrainian farms in 1932, is high on the list of Uncle Joe’s spectacular missteps. By uprooting Ukraine’s traditional farming culture and ordering the populace to send their produce to Moscow, he single-handedly thrust uncomprehending peasants and small farmers into famine and poverty.
Of course, the world didn’t know much about this at the time. Many leading journalists of the day were so smitten with the prospects...