Cinema: Totem and Taboo

On their way to market in the U. S. last week were two pictures whose subject matter did not so much violate as ignore immemorial cinema taboos. One foreign and one domestic, they were meeting with widely differing receptions:

Confessions of a Nazi Spy (Warner Bros.) is Hollywood's first outright assault on the dictators' totem. Based on the story of the German spy ring netted in Manhattan last year (TIME, Nov. 14), produced with the technical assistance of onetime FBI Agent Leon G. Turrou, it is as matter-of-fact and unmincing as a newsreel, undiplomatic...

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