Mr. Jones

Mr. Jones

DVD - 2020
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Set on the eve of world WWII, Hitler is rising to power and Stalin's Soviet propaganda machine is pushing their "utopia" to the West. Meanwhile an ambitious young journalist, Gareth Jones travels to Moscow to uncover the truth behind the propaganda, but then gets a tip that could expose an international conspiracy, one that could cost him and his informant their lives. Jones goes on a life-or-death journey to uncover the truth that inspired George Orwell's seminal book Animal Farm.
Publisher: United States :, Samuel Goldwyn Films,, 2020
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (119 minutes) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 inches
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Alternative Title: Mister Jones

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RoyalJellyIII
Apr 22, 2021

This is a very good movie- it takes its time in building up to its horrifying conclusion. This man was a hero and yet still hidden in history. These kind of people are the one's that need to be in forefront history classes he was courageous, ethical, and a human rights activist yet very few people know about him. Today journalists have much to learn from him because he maintained his journalistic integrity with social conscience and held every world leader accountable for their silence and refusal to speak against Stalin. Today's journalists are driven by their political alliances and their personal philosophy's there is no longer any balance and the public chooses what they read and watch based on their own political, and socioeconomic belief which journalists target. This man told the truth.

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patrickmay
Apr 21, 2021

A good movie about a little known figure in modern history.

Jones was the first lone voice to tell the world about the famine in the Ukraine, but was disrecredited by a more prestigious New York Times journalist sympathetic to Stalin.

It seems that there is a parallel with today People's Republic of China, when those who speak of its many crimes against freedom, democracy, and human rights, are being attacked and criticized for being devisive.

Since its founding in 1949, the PRC has committed worse crimes than the Soviet Union ever did, and the sad fact is that it is still going on, or allowed to go on at this very moment.

We cover our eyes to China's crimes with the mighty dollar, because we want its vast markets, we want to trade with it, and so we treat China like a respectable country that it is not. We even allow it to have the honour of holding the Olympics.

Let this movie be a cautionary tale of a country akin to the Soviet Union, a country run by criminals who would stop at nothing to retain its hold on power.

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lindy919
Apr 01, 2021

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Walter724
Mar 19, 2021

This film is ok. Parts of it were good, and the filming is quite spectacular! You get the sense you are in the Soviet Union! There are lots of subtitles to read, which is sometimes a chore. I have to admit I was bored at times though...

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Ted_42
Feb 28, 2021

The New York Times has a history of producing false narratives. Downplaying Hitler, the 1619 project, and so on. Walter Duranty is yet another example who thought it was his job to, "Transform mankind" and that it was more important to maintain a given narrative instead of accurately reporting the news. How many (naive?) journalists today follow the Duranty model?

"Americans need to see they can make money here." That quote made an impression. Certain businesses will ignore American ideals and happily collude with totalitarian entities (Stalin, Hitler, Communist China, and so on). Meanwhile the totalitarian governments practically impose mass slavery and starve the masses while the elite eat really well. It's striking to me how many rich people push socialism, but perhaps because they imagine themselves being on top while making it harder for others to also reach the top and displace them. They offer the masses, "free goods, free hospitals" while thinking, "...they could replace the natural laws." And thus Ukraine (also look at Zimbabwe and Venezuela), once a great food producer, starves. And the elite party on. A memorable scene from the movie involved a decadent party with opium which reminded me of the parties from, "Brave New World" with the drug soma.

And so today we have people here in America who think they can change the natural laws and push false narratives.

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anonymouswe
Feb 28, 2021

Really fell short as a film. There were some strong moments - but overall, very slow, plodding and thin for such significant subject matter. For certain some of the fault is in the script, but most of the responsibility likely falls on the shoulders of the director. A lot of wasted time and scenery in this film.

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margarita89
Jan 30, 2021

Excellent!

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mustang351c
Jan 29, 2021

We hear everyday until we're numb about the Holocaust, but rarely about the Holodomor--the largest genocide (democide) of the Twentieth Century.
Looking forward to this.
I wished more would be said about the liar and propagandist that was The New York Times' correspondent, Walter Durant.
This film only gives a partial telling of how Communism came about and it's history. Still, very much worth seeing.

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Chyrsler2020
Dec 27, 2020

What a terrible time in Russia for the peasants. Movie took off kind of slow but it soon picked up as the journalist had many brushes with death. Stalin was one of the evilest dictators on earth. Let his people starve..

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Calvacade
Dec 22, 2020

The story of a passionate journalist who pursues a difficult path to the truth amidst a chosen path of ignorance (and obstruction) by the establishment press. Through fearlessness and selfless passion, we see a real journalist in action during a time when the "truth" runs counter to the interests of world governments and the media. This movie draws a line between those who are true journalists, and those who through cowardice, or a fear of exposing facts that are inconsistent with their chosen ideology, pretend to be journalists. What may not be surprising to some is the consistency of the media institutions who didn't meet that standard then, to the difficulties they face with it in our "modern" era.

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