A Compassionate Spy

In 1944, during the Second World War, Ted Hall was recruited to work on the unfamous Manhattan Project, to create the atomic bomb. The youngest physicist on this project at that time, Ted became highly concerned about the bomb’s disastrous consequences and the power it gave to a single nation in the whole world. Against this background, Ted started passing confidential information to the Soviet Union, thus initiating a thrilling spy story throughout the Cold War.


Three years ago, Steve James came to Americana and presented a retrospective of his work, including the series America to me. Before that, we had screened his amazing documentary Life Itself about the life of the well-known film critic, Roger Ebert. With two nominations at the Oscars, one Independent Spirit Award, and various international honors, his career shows that he is one of the most prestigious documentalists of our times.


Title: A Compassionate Spy
Year: 2022
Runtime: 101′
Country: USA
Direction: Steve James
Cast: Tom Goodwin, Mickey O’Sullivan
Cinematography: Tom Bergmann
Genre: Documentary
Subtitles: Ana María Ruiz Matas
Contact: Autlook

Wins and nominations

2022: Venice Film Festival