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4.0 out of 5 stars Seeing Red, 11 May 2013
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In many ways an excellent thriller. Fine cast' Excellent production,sound quality and print highlighting perfect black & white photography. While unlike most anti Communist fims of this period.It is intelligent with good dialogue. However is sadly marred by a totally unreal,unbelievable 'Daily Mail'/'Express'/public school portrayal of Communists and the Communist Party. I know as my parents were both life long Party members. As I have been since 1958.A shame that the CP terrorists shown here were so untruthfully represented.More realistic 'villians' would have made a much better. And far more realistic film.
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Initial post: 19 Aug 2013 17:51:06 BDT
Last edited by the author on 19 Aug 2013 18:27:55 BDT
And you've met every communist party member and every communist agent/saboteur who lived through that period?

If you caste your mind back NONE of the communist agents who were exposed in the popular Press looked like anything but very ordinary people. That's what was so disturbing for many people - the fact that you could be a friend, work colleague or acquaintance for someone for years without realising that they were an agent of a foreign power.

You might also remember that this was a period when strikes were comparatively frequent and on numerous cases one or more of the union leaders was found to be a communist. Were such people "acting on instructions from Moscow" as the Press frequently suggested? Who knows. It certainly felt like the country was under a constant threat which quite quickly developed into the full-blown "Cold War" and the seemingly imminment threat of nuclear destruction.

I'm guessing, since the Boulting Brothers were reasonably intelligent people, that they knew precisely how realistic/unrealistic their production was - and that this mattered very little in terms of it's purpose - to allay people's fears, to a certain extent.

Unless you believe that the Boultings knew you and your family when they made the film, and deliberately tried to blacken your reputations, is it possible that you have taken the film rather more personally than was ever intended?

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Aug 2013 18:22:48 BDT
Paul Barrett says:
I am sure I met / meet far more Communists than either the brothers Boultings or Mr A.J.Bradbury. While as a Party member then and now. I have never had any contact with anyone. Who behaved even remotely like the characters in this film. Who seem to me to be as real as those depicted by the Mail and Express. Public school boy nightmares as real as John Buchan's. And Dennis Wheatley's. I did not ever take the film that seriously. At this distance it's absurdities render it harmless.
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