On Feb 10, 1962 a prisoner exchange occurred at the height of Cold War tensions between the U.S. and Soviet Union. The two nations exchanged convicted Soviet spy Rudolph Abel and American U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers. Bridge of Spies, nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture, is based on the true story of the man behind the negotiations: Brooklyn insurance lawyer James Donovan. Donovan and his wife met and vacationed in Lake Placid and he is buried there. His granddaughter Beth Amorosi says she, her sister and mother will talk about the Steven Spielberg film and James Donovan’s life at a screening Sunday in Lake Placid.
This Cold War-era film, which is based on a true story, follows James Donovan, (Hanks) an insurance lawyer from Brooklyn tasked with defending Russian spy Rudolph Abel, who is amazingly portrayed by Mark Rylance. The chemistry between Hanks and Rylance is brilliant and surprisingly funny throughout the film.
Expand your knowledge of the Bridge of Spies true story by watching the newsreels and footage listed below that features the real lawyer James B. Donovan, Soviet spy Rudolf Abel, and coverage of the U-2 Spy Trial.