CURRENT & CHOICE: Ambassador

The Soviet Union's official ambassador to the movie industry is a man named Michael Kalatozov. Kalatozov arrived some ten months ago and was welcomed by a suitably distinguished gathering of Hollywood liberals. The occasion was celebrated by a "drinking" thrown at Hollywood's swankiest nightclub, Mocambo. The evening was presided over by Charlie Chaplin, then newly married to Playwright Eugene O'Neill's dark-haired daughter Oona.

Thereafter Kalatozov, an enigmatic, uncommunicative Soviet official, went about his business with mysterious and solemn placidity, abetted by the fact that he spoke no English when he arrived. He can...

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