DIRECTORGoldstein, Alvin
TITLEThe Unquiet Death of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg
DISTRIBUTORFacets Video
ISBNn/a
DATE PUBLISHED1974
RUNNING TIME83 minutes


This film from the 1970s reflects that period's questioning of the guilt of convicted atomic spies Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. The film follows the trial very closely and even features actors reading important parts of the trial transcript. It shows many newspaper headlines and much film footage from the period. People interviewed for the film include the authors of an investigative book, a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent, five of the jurors, the prosecutor, an assistant for the defense, and the Rosenbergs' children. The film was originally shown in 1974, but after 100,000 pages of FBI documents were released several years later, a new introduction and postscript were added and it was re-televised in 1978. In the addition, some of the testimony of the witnesses against the Rosenbergs is questioned and the judge is claimed to have broken the ethical code of judges. The film concludes that the Rosenbergs were not executed because they were guilty but because they refused to admit they were guilty.



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