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The Man Who Might Have Been: An Inquiry Into the Life and Death of Herbert Norman (1999)

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On April 4, 1957, Herbert Norman, the Canadian ambassador to Egypt, leapt to his death from a Cairo rooftop. During his remarkable life, Norman helped set the course of post-war Japan and ... See full summary »

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Frank Blanch
Derek Curwin
Ernest Dyck
Greg Ellwand ...
Herbert Norman
Lisa Mininni
Michael O'Neill
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On April 4, 1957, Herbert Norman, the Canadian ambassador to Egypt, leapt to his death from a Cairo rooftop. During his remarkable life, Norman helped set the course of post-war Japan and played a key role during the Suez crisis. But with all of his talents and achievements, there was something haunting Herbert Norman and following him to every corner of the globe: the accusation that he was a Soviet spy. This documentary takes us back to a time when the Cold War was heating up and when the mere accusation of communist sympathies could destroy a man's career. Using de-classified documents, interviews with key players and dramatizations filmed around the world, the film reconstructs the ordeal that Norman endured for seven long years, as a US Senate subcommittee relentlessly probed his past beliefs and current loyalties. During his meteoric rise and fall, Norman crossed paths with some of the greatest personalities of his time: Nobel-prize winning Canadian diplomat and politician ... Written by Anonymous

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Good analysis of effects of McCarthyism even beyond the U.S.
2 July 2000 | by (Point Roberts WA) – See all my reviews

This film has done a marvelous job of analyzing the insidious effects of McCarthyism on the American scene and in this case spilling over into Canada. Of course you could not expect much from the movie system of the U.S. since most of the producers were in lock-step with the political and economic leaders of the country in their effort to do whatever possible to stop working people the world over from achieving their liberation from capitalism. Another good example was the story of John Henry Faulk and the classic and probably only truly pro-labor film ever produced in the USA: "Salt of the Earth," produced, written and performed by black-listed members of the Hollywood community, Herbert Biberman, Michael Wilson, Will Geer, and others. The TV movie "Tail-Gunner Joe" did a fairly good analysis of McCarthy, the opportunistic politician as an individual but didn't go into the politics of what was behind the red-baiting.


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