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  • An MVD Exclusive
  • Format: DVD
  • SKU: PMD-003
  • UPC: 760137294795
  • Street Date: 01/21/20
  • PreBook Date: 12/17/19
  • Label: MVD Visual »
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Run Time: 215 mins
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Audio: STEREO
  • Year of Production: 1962
  • Region Code: 0
  • Box Lot: 30
  • Territory: WORLD
  • Language: English

 

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  • Actors:
  •       Nikita Khrushchev
  •       David Susskind
  • Director: David Susskind
  • Producer: David Susskind
  • Director: David Susskind
  • Producers: David Susskind

 

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David Susskind Archive: Interview With Nikita Khrushchev

A personal interview with Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev

David Susskind Archive: Interview With Nikita Khrushchev
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In October 1960, Eisenhower was President and the election that put John F. Kennedy into the White House was less than a month away. The Cold War was at its zenith. Nikita Khrushchev, the Soviet Premier was visiting the United Nations headquarters in New York City. No Soviet leader had ever been interviewed by an American, yet Khrushchev agreed to appear live on David Susskind's "Open End."

There was an immediate negative reaction to the announcement, even causing then F.B.I. director Hoover to ask "What do our files show on Susskind?"

The program aired live on Sunday, October 9 on New York television station WNTA. The two-hour conversation (through an interpreter) was very spirited and focused on two main topics. First, the virtues of Soviet styled communism versus American style capitalism, and second, would Khrushchev give his assurance that he would never initiate a nuclear war.

At one point, after a commercial break, Khrushchev is informed that one of the commercials during the break was for Radio Free Europe. The commercial depicted a communist soldier smashing a radio set with an axe. Initially, this set Khrushchev off, but after a moment he said "Well, alright, let them screen it. We are not afraid. This will only make us stronger... Let them do it."

The show is followed by an extensive panel discussion that included DEAN EDWARD BARRETT OF COLUMBIA SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM,
HENRY SHAPIRO, JAMES WECHSLER, MAX LERNER OF NEW YORK POST,
MARGUERITE HIGGINS & JOE NEWMAN OF NEW YORK HERALD TRIBUNE,
EUGENE LYONS OF READER'S DIGEST,
BLAIR FRASER OF MCLEAN'S MAGAZINE & CBC,
HARRY SCHWARTZ OF NEW YORK TIMES, &
FRANK KANIF OF HEARST NEWSPAPERS.
Plus many more.

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Sales Points

  • One of the most controversial interviews conducted by David Susskind. Susskind's office was deluged with telephone calls, telegrams, and hate mail from people who called him a 'dirty red' and far worse.
  • Recorded just after Khrushchev was in New York for a meeting of the United Nations Security Council after the U-2 spy plane incident.
  • When the airing was announced, 'Disgusting!' was the headline on the New York Daily Mirror editorial denouncing the interview.
  • Not seen in full since its original broadcast

Press Quotes

A modern milestone in news coverage.

     —The Herald Tribune

  

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