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Codename intelligentsia : the life and times of the honourable Ivor Montagu, filmmaker, communist, spy

Campbell, Russell, 1944-2018
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He was the son of a hereditary peer. His childhood was privileged; at Cambridge, he flourished. At the age of 21, he founded The Film Society, and became a pioneering standard-bearer for film as art. He was a collaborator of Alfred Hitchcock, rescuing The Lodger and later producing his ground-breaking British thrillers The Man Who Knew Too Much, The 39 Steps, Secret Agent and Sabotage. He directed comedies from stories by H.G. Wells, and made documentaries in Spain during the Civil War. He lobbied for Trotsky to be granted asylum in the UK, and became a leading propagandist for the anti-fascist and Communist cause. Under the nose of MI5, he became a secret agent of the Comintern and a Soviet spy. This is the remarkable story of Ivor Montagu, and of the burgeoning cinematic culture and left-wing politics of Britain between the wars.
Imprint:
Stroud, Gloucestershire : The History Press, 2018.
Collation:
448 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (black and white) ; 24 cm
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:
9780750987059 (hbk)
Dewey class:
941.083092941.083
LC class:
DA566.9
Language:
English
BRN:
2212496
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