The Bedford Incident (1965)

Introduction The Bedford Incident (aka Aux Postes De Combat) is a 1965 British-American Cold War film starring Richard Widmark and Sidney Poitier and co-produced by Widmark. The cast also features Eric Portman, James MacArthur, Martin Balsam and Wally Cox, as well as early appearances by Donald Sutherland and Ed Bishop. The screenplay by James Poe… Read More

Berlin 1945: Diary of a Metropolis (2020): S01E03 – May 1945

Introduction Life in Berlin in 1945 before, during and after the battle of Berlin seen through the eyes of those who were there at the time from common Berliners to Allied troops. Also known as Berlin 1945 : Le Journal D’Une Captale (French) and Berlin 1945: Tagebuch einer Großstadt (German). Outline The British, French and… Read More

The Optimists (2017): S01E13

Introduction The Optimists (Optimisty, Оптимисты) is a Russian spy drama series that brings a 1960’s “Mad Men” aesthetic to the Nikita Khrushchev-era, set during peak Cold War. Outline Ruta suspects Biryukov of treason. Golub decides to return Klava. Ruta and Biryukov, with the help of Boris, warn Khrushchev of the impending coup. Korneev meets with… Read More

The Optimists (2017): S01E12

Introduction The Optimists (Optimisty, Оптимисты) is a Russian spy drama series that brings a 1960’s “Mad Men” aesthetic to the Nikita Khrushchev-era, set during peak Cold War. Outline Ilya is arrested in Cranes. Everyone is surprised that Ruta went to work. Golub brings Klava home to introduce her to her parents. Golub is arrested after… Read More

The Optimists (2017): S01E11

Introduction The Optimists (Optimisty, Оптимисты) is a Russian spy drama series that brings a 1960’s “Mad Men” aesthetic to the Nikita Khrushchev-era, set during peak Cold War. Outline The scientist, whom Golub helped to go abroad, is seeking political asylum. Vareinikov organizes a conspiracy. He and other members of the Central Committee of KPSP are… Read More