Ambassador to Moscow

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German title Ambassador to Moscow
Original title Mission to Moscow
Country of production United States
original language English
Publishing year 1943
length 123 minutes
Director Michael Curtiz
script Howard Cook
production Robert Buckner
music Max Steiner
camera Bert Glennon
cut Owen Marks

Not in the credits

Ambassador in Moscow (Original title: Mission to Moscow ) is an American film from 1943 directed by Michael Curtiz . He was in the time of the anti-Hitler coalition rotated and is considered the first major Hollywood - film , which the Stalinism is extremely advantageous.


Ambassador in Moscow is based on the memories of the former US ambassador to Moscow , Joseph E. Davies . The action takes place primarily in the Soviet Union before the outbreak of World War II. In particular, the Moscow show trials are presented as justified and necessary. The German-Soviet non-aggression pact is shown from the perspective of the Soviet Union as a simple treaty of neutrality and the Soviet invasion of Finland appears to be justified.


The film was shot during World War II on the direct instructions of Franklin Delano Roosevelt . The film showed the Soviet Union in such a positive light that years later the Committee on Un-American Activities cited it as important evidence of the communist infiltration of Hollywood . The screenwriter Howard Koch came because of the film on the "black list" and lost any chance of further employment in the US entertainment industry. Koch, himself a politically left-wing but not a communist, initially did not want to write the script and was only ready to do so after massive pressure from the government and the Warner Brothers film studio .


“The unbearably stupid, pathetic and excruciatingly long film is all about its hero, who treads through the political landscape like a comic blend of Parzival and Don Quixote. No scriptwriter who wanted to keep his job should have come up with such an outrageous story. "

- film service 16/1977


Carl Jules Weyl and George James Hopkins were nominated for an Oscar in the category Best Production Design (b / w) in 1944 .

Quotes in the movie

  • At least one European nation with no aggressive intentions of its own is ready for whatever may come. (Ambassador Davies on the Soviet Union)
  • The army will be strengthened when it is purged of the traitors. (about the Moscow Show Trials)

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