The Red Danube

The Red Danube

DVD - 2012 | Remastered ed.
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This is one of the Red-baiting genre designed to demonstrate Hollywood's political credentials at the height of the Cold War. The representation of life in postwar Vienna sought to expose the duplicity of the Russians in repatriating displaced Soviet subjects specifically here a ballerina on the run from Russian agents. The lampooning of the occupying Allied administration in Vienna, criticised at the time of the film's release, now seems not entirely misplaced in the light of what has subsequently emerged about such repatriations. The effectiveness of the central drama is generally aided by the casting but hampered by a routine romantic sub-plot and wordy exchanges about God and organised religion between an agnostic British Army Colonel and a Mother Superior.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., [2012]
Edition: Remastered ed.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (119 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary: This is one of the Red-baiting genre designed to demonstrate Hollywood's political credentials at the height of the Cold War. The representation of life in postwar Vienna sought to expose the duplicity of the Russians in repatriating displaced Soviet subjects specifically here a ballerina on the run from Russian agents. The lampooning of the occupying Allied administration in Vienna, criticised at the time of the film's release, now seems not entirely misplaced in the light of what has subsequently emerged about such repatriations. The effectiveness of the central drama is generally aided by the casting but hampered by a routine romantic sub-plot and wordy exchanges about God and organised religion between an agnostic British Army Colonel and a Mother Superior.

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garycornell
Jul 18, 2014

Walter Pidgeon and Ethel Barrymore would be enough to attract my attention. Then they added Peter Lawford, Angela Lansbury, and Janet Leigh. Great story, wonderful cast and film score. This is an evening of pure entertainment!

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