Produced in 1962 and narrated by actor James Cagney, "The Road to the Wall" explores the steady march of Communism through the years. It begins with the writings of Karl Marx and tracks milestones up until the 1961 construction of the Berlin Wall. Filled with spectacular footage pulled from historic propaganda and dramatic films, the documentary was produced by U.S. Armed Forces and released as an "Information Film." It presents the expansion of Communism around the world from Cuba to China, occupying countries like a virus and spreading a message of solidarity and union but also bringing with it a reign of terror -- eliminating everyone opposed to it. As the film graphically shows through a series of images of firing squads, the road to the Berlin Wall was paved with a series of murderous assassinations, coups and purges. Here, Capitalism is presented as a system of multiple choices and above all, of freedom.
Some segments of interest include the Communist takeover of Cuba under Fidel Castro, Chairman Mao's long march to power in China, and the crushing of the Hungarian nation by Soviet forces.
The film was produced by Robert Saudek and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short in 1962.
This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for licensing in 24p HD and 2K. For more information visit http://www.PeriscopeFilm.com