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a good cold war war filmed in Ottawa Canada
Thursday, September 18, 2014
(1948) The Iron Curtain
POLITICAL ESPIONAGE/ SUSPENSE
Based on historical fact, the first of 4 movies (according to imdb.com- 2 theatrical movies and two made for TV movies) about a Russian defector by the name of Igor Gouzenko who was sent to Canada from Russia for the intention of exploiting hospitality of Canadians by transporting top secret information for a possible Russian takeover. The Russian Embassy located in Ottawa at one time or another used to be used as a front for false pretenses during the early 1940's for the purpose of obtaining information from both Canada and the United States of America to be sent to Russia for the makings of an atomic bomb. Dana Andrews plays Igor and started to defect Russian orders as soon as his wife, Anna(Gene Tierney) came to live with him as well as getting his first born son as he started to be comfortable with the living conditions Canada were to offer.
At the opening, is an important footnote, and I must admit that the first hour was very boring since it's shown in documentation style- for it's like watching a very long introduction where the movie states the situation. Besides that, viewers would also have to get used to the idea of Dana Andrews and Gene Tierney playing a Russian couple that to some they may not sound Russian but can convince viewers that they are acting like them. And if you can make it past the first hour which can be a drab experience than you might be able to enjoy the last final 30 minutes, as it was about that time is when the 'suspense' finally start to kick in. The only thing this film has going for it is that it's based on fact meaning that if it was like made up, it probably wouldn't even be worth acknowledging.
Besides what I mentioned above, it is also worth pointing out that "The Iron Curtain" is the fourth of five films Dana Andrews made with Gene Tierney. the other 4 are "Tobacco Road", "Belle Starr", "Laura" and "Where The Sidewalk Ends".
3 out of stars
based on a true story
The Iron Curtain is an excellent film. It is about a Russian spy living in Canada. Dana Andrews and Gene Tierney give excellent performances. The screenplay is well written. William A. Wellman did a great job directing this movie. I enjoyed watching this motion picture because of the thrills. The Iron Curtain is a must see.
good noir-ish thriller.
One of the very best cold war movies made!