The Trials of Alger Hiss

Film, Documentaries

Time Out says

Hiss was a Roosevelt aide who served on the US delegation at the Yalta Conference; he was charged with being a Communist in 1949 by Whittaker Chambers, a former spy and guilty homosexual who had found religion and become a senior editor of Time. Lowenthal's long, intricate study of the case, using archive footage and interviews with many of the principals, clarifies the national hysteria of the early Cold War years and the opportunism of prosecutor Richard Nixon. It rationally argues the case for a re-examination of Hiss' conviction, proving that film and investigative journalism were made for each other.

Details

Release details

Duration:
166 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
John Lowenthal
Screenwriter:
John Lowenthal
Cast:
Alger Hiss
John Lowenthal
Gussie Feinstein
Robert E Stripling
Richard M Nixon
Whittaker Chambers