Red Joan

December 10, 2022

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I recently came across a surprisingly excellent film titled “Red Joan” (you can find it on Netflix).  It’s about a female physicist at the end of World War 2 who smuggles atomic bomb secrets to the Soviet Union.  I dreaded watching the film because I figured it would be just more anti-Communist propaganda.  Was I ever surprised!  I don’t want to give away the story line so I’ll just say that one take-away from the film is that a legal verdict is not necessarily the last word.  It often must also be situated in a historical context.  That’s as true of “treason” during WW2 as Russia’s “aggression” against Ukraine today.  The film received largely negative reviews.  That didn’t surprise me.