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Khrushchev Does America (2013)

The story of the unconditional, no-holds-barred tour of America by Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, leader of World Communism and America's arch nemesis, during 13 sun-filled days in the fall of 1959.

Director:

Tim Toidze (as Tim B. Toidze)

Writer:

Tim Toidze
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Geoffrey Bateman Geoffrey Bateman ... Narrator (voice)
Tim Toidze ... Nikita Khrushchev (voice) (as Tim B. Toidze)
J. Edgar Hoover ... Himself, director, FBI (archive footage)
Nikita Khrushchev ... Himself - First Secretary, Communist Party of the Soviet Union (archive footage)
Dwight D. Eisenhower ... Himself, President of the United States (archive footage)
Nicolas Kovak Nicolas Kovak ... Himself, balalaika musician (archive footage)
Dave Garroway ... Himself - television commentator, NBC's Right on the Hour (archive footage)
Spyros Skouras Spyros Skouras ... Himself, president, 20th Century-Fox Film Corporation (archive footage)
Marilyn Monroe ... Herself (archive footage)
Norris Poulson Norris Poulson ... Himself, mayor, Los Angeles (archive footage)
Howard K. Smith ... Himself - Correspondent, CBS (archive footage)
Walter Cronkite ... Himself, news anchorman, CBS (archive footage)
Mikhail A. Menshiko Mikhail A. Menshiko ... Himself - Ambassador of Russia to the United States (archive footage)
Roswell Garst Roswell Garst ... Himself, farmer, seed company executive (archive footage)
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In 1959, at the height of the Cold War, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev embarked on a two-week public relations tour across the US. Americans emerged from fancy new bomb shelters for a glimpse of a Communist dictator visiting their landmarks and experiencing local hospitality. Greeted by angry mobs and celebrity gawkers, Khrushchev turned on his charm and quick wit. By the time he hit the West Coast, the US was enthralled by his presence, chasing him along the whistle-stops of his tour. As current East-West relations become strained, this is a timely reflection on super power maneuvering. Every moment of this fleeting love affair was recorded and preserved from both Soviet and American perspectives, creating a treasure of visual material ripe for revision. Playing with didactic documentary form, Tim Toidze weaves the humour, hysteria and surreal qualities of this state visit into a profile of the political propaganda that permeated both sides of the Iron Curtain. Written by Alexander Rogalski

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Country:

France

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 November 2013 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

1959. Chruschtschows Reise durch die USA See more »

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Point du Jour See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

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Color (HD)

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4:3
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Low Movement
Music by Fabrice Ravel-Chapuis
Universal music publishing - koka
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A documentary on how not to treat a visiting head of state.
18 May 2017 | by auscctvSee all my reviews

A one sided western view of the Soviet General Secretarys visit to the USA in 1959. It shows how poorly he was treated, not only by those who invited him, but also by the general public. Even the narration describes his outrage at such rudeness as a temper tantrum. If you have any intelligence and are American, you will be embarrassed.


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