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Friday, February 5, 2016

The Many Distortions of Spielberg's "Bridge of Spies"

I just finished a late night viewing of the Tom Hanks' film "Bridge of Spies" involving the Cold War prisoner swap of U2 pilot Gary Powers and American economics student Frederic Pryor for Soviet spy Rudolf Abel..

U2 of course refers to the spy plane, not the Irish sell-out music group with no sincere artistic integrity since 1983

The film just reminded me once again why I despise and loathe that liberal piece of garbage Steven Speilberg so much and how subversive the craft of directing and painting a narrative in film really is.

In the beginning of the film, while its clear to all that Abel is a spy, the movie at no time goes into any real particulars what he was specifically spying for the Soviets about;  what was the intention of him being present in the US throughout the late 1940s through late 1950s?
Abel, who's real name was Vilyam "Willie" Genrikhovich Fisher rejoined the KGB, and was trained as a spy for entry into the United States in 1946

Once in America, Fisher was ordered to reactivate the "Volunteer" network to smuggle atomic secrets into Russia

From Wikipedia:

Lona Cohen (codenamed "LESLE") and her husband Morris Cohen (codenamed "LUIS" and "VOLUNTEER") had run the Volunteer network and were seasoned couriers. Theodore "Ted" Hall (codenamed "MLAD"), a physicist, was the most important agent in the network in 1945, passing atomic secrets from Los Alamos...

Fisher spent most of his first year organizing his network. While it is not known for certain where Fisher went or what he did, it is believed he travelled to Santa Fe in New Mexico, the collection point for stolen diagrams from the Manhattan Project"
He also was connected with Julius and Ethyl Rosenberg who were found guilty and put to death in 1950 for providing the USSR with America's nuclear weaponry secrets, and fearful they would rat him out to authorities..  They didn't.

Conveniently that piece of shit Spielberg leaves this out of the movie so when you watch how others react to this simple-acting man's arrest, you the audience are to feel empathy with him and look at the others who see him as an enemy to the US as being 'intolerant'

By the way, Abel was arrested and incarcerated in 1957.  The film makes it seem like he was arrested in 1960 and within a few weeks, the prisoner swap took place.  He also served his pre-swap term in Georgia.. The movie implies he was in New York.
Another piece of film trickery that maggot Spielberg employs is to use the court arguments of attorney James Donovan, Tom Hanks' character to convey a modern narrative as to how foreign born Muslim terrorists ought to be protected by US courts with the same rights and protections as American citizens.

He never talks specifically on that cult-faith but the parallels are clear.

Donovan argues to the judge presiding over the case that even though Abel was not born in the US he was to be afforded the same Due Process and Constitutional protections even though Abel's actions were seeking to weaken, if not cause the downfall of the nation.

The judge in the film steadfastly disagreed with Donovan, and of course was portrayed as a 'baddie' because of this.
To extreme liberal shit like Spielberg, Muslims are Americans even if they're not and everyone, whether legally born; an illegal citizen or never a citizen at all is due full legal protections so we can show the world how better we are as our nation, is sabotaged from within..

Spielberg also seems to share great empathy for a people that only 65 years ago murdered 6 million of his bagel-eating brothers and sisters.

To Spielberg, the people of East Berlin circa 1960 are deserving of great empathy and pathos as they are forced to live under Communist rule and witness the Berlin Wall be erected..

The vomit-breath director takes a 'forgive and forget & love everyone' mindset to those who lived in East Berlin, a mere 15 years from the end of a brutal war in which They and their west Brerlin brothers and sisters were responsible for 50 million deaths across the globe including including 20 million Russian soldiers and citizens..

And now 'These' people and their fate were portrayed as something to be empathized with!
No one just 'moves on' from multi-generational hatreds and religious/ethic prejudices in a mere 15 years and we all know had the shoe been on the other foot and the Germans controlled Moscow, life for their people would be 100x worse than what East Berliners experienced.

This story of a prisoner exchange could easily be made as a 85 minute movie, and quite honestly it should have been a made for TV movie.

But when parasites like Steven Spielberg take helm, there usually has to be lots of schlock and over-emphasis on music if a family film, and if its a 'serious' picture, then his political and social ideologies are splattered throughout..

No one makes a film like this today just to retell a historical event that 99.999% couldn't care enough to remember days after it happened, much less in the present.

The problem is most who go see this film will focus on the suspense or Tom Hanks' fine acting and things that should not be so subtle to those who read newspapers, will get glossed over.

Pryor himself, the second American released along with Gary Powers acknowledged that Spielberg took a lot of liberties making the film
From: "Economist Frederic Pryor Recounts Life as a 'Spy'" - http://www.swarthmore.edu/news-events/economist-frederic-pryor-recounts-life-a-spy

Q:  In the film, Donovan’s negotiations continue until the moment of your release. Is that true?

A:  No, that was the biggest error. I had been prepared for my release about two days before it occurred. But because the East Germans weren’t happy about releasing me, they played a little trick. When my lawyer drove me to Checkpoint Charlie, they had us sit there for half an hour. 

The East Germans deliberately delayed the exchange of Powers and Abel, who were not supposed to be exchanged until after I was released. So I sat there until they finally escorted me to the border. It didn’t happen like it did in the movie at all...

Q:  Were there other important inaccuracies in the film?

A:  The portrayal of Wolfgang Vogel, my East German lawyer who was negotiating the communist side, was unfair. They made him out to be a total apparatchik, and one of the villains. He wasn’t. He was a quiet, well-spoken man. 

The movie made it out to be a political thing, him trying to get the U.S. to publicly recognize the East German government. But it was more a waiting game the East Germans played to show the Russians they had the upper hand. Fogel was actually a very nice guy, whom I later visited several times."
Spielberg also completely left out how Powers was received by those in the US after his arrival back in the States, choosing instead to focus on all his medals received after his death in 1977..

Powers initially received a cold reception on his return home. He was Rightly criticized for having failed to activate his aircraft's self-destruct charge to destroy the camera, photographic film, and related classified parts of his aircraft before his capture.

He was also Correctly criticized for not using an optional CIA-issued "suicide pill" (later revealed, during CIA testimony to the Church Committee in 1975 to be a coin with shellfish toxin embedded in its grooves) to kill himself

Powers should have fallen on the 'sword'..
So that's how movie makers treat history and truth.. with contempt, and they get away with creating lies and illusions and fantasies with the legally protective cloak of "Based on a True Story"

All Spielberg cares about is money;  good story telling is nice but it must bring in delicious green money for him, his family and his partners at Dreamworks Studios

If a movie stimulates your curiosity to read more and learn about the real people, places and events you see depicted, then that's the best you can hope for from a Hollywood production..

Otherwise you just allow yourself to be taken for a ride while brainwashed to the ideological yarns of the director, producers and script writers.