DIRECTORBarker, Greg
TITLEThe Red Files: Secrets of the Russian Archives Revealed
DISTRIBUTORPBS Home Video
ISBN0-7806-2796-2
DATE PUBLISHED1999
RUNNING TIME240 minutes


This two-part film presents a fascinating 70-year history of the technological and propaganda contests between the United States and Russia from the Soviet perspective. The first part deals with the spies who provided Russia with nuclear weapons secrets during and after World War II. That segment addresses the personal motivations of spies who include Klaus Fuchs, George Blake, Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, David and Ruth Greenglass, Ted Hall, Morris Cohen, Lona Cohen, and Kim Philby. The second part features the Soviet moon mission under the leadership of Sergei Pavlovich Korolev. That mission ultimately pitted Korolev, who wanted to land a man on the moon, against the Russian military, which wanted ballistic missiles as platforms for nuclear warheads. The film uses personal interviews and archival film clips.


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