Synopsis by Dan Pavlides
Alexander Scourby narrates this documentary on Red China directed by former BBC correspondent Felix Greene. Greene was invited by the Chinese government for a carefully monitored tour of the country. The main focus is on the cities of Shanghai and Peking, with some scenes of the frigid Mongolian steppes. The Peking symphony is shown performing, and both Buddhist and Catholic religious ceremonies are highlighted, but the government of China is quick to tell the viewer that under communism the country has no official recognition with the Vatican in Rome or other religious affiliations. The feature served up is little more than wishful propaganda on the part of China. Still, Felix Greene was one of the only Westerners to have access to the country at the time.