RUSSIA: Devil's Advocate

In Hollywood's version of Mission to Moscow, the purge trial prosecutor has a black beard, black, beetling eyebrows and a wolfish snarl. When the film got a private screening in the Kremlin in 1943, the real prosecutor at those strange and gloomy assizes, a clean-shaven man with white hair and a pink face, almost collapsed with laughter—laughter directed not only against the movie but against the popular cliche of that day that a Russian Bolshevik was a man with a black beard and a bomb in his hand. If, twelve years later,...

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