“The Revolutionary” - Sid Rittenberg in China

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Irv Drasnin, writer and producer of “The Revolutionary,” discusses the documentary, along with its subject, Sidney Rittenberg, a 91 year-old American expatriate who was the only American citizen to join the Chinese Communist party. He was dedicated to Mao’s revolution, reaching a position of influence unprecedented for a foreigner, and he was Mao’s acolyte through the upheavals which formed contemporary China. “The Revolutionary” opens April 12 at the Quad Cinema.


Irv Drasnin and Sidney Rittenberg

Comments [6]

Paul Kangas from San fran

Sid did his part to move the world forward to 100% solar power by 2041!

May. 19 2013 12:39 AM
Sidney Stock

I live in Bellevue, Washington and when I last was in contact with Sidney Rittenberg he was living in Redmond. We made a couple of attempts to get together that didn't work out.

I would appreciate being in contact and possibly having lunch.



Apr. 11 2013 11:58 PM
Christine from Westchester

jgarbuz, I rarely agree with you but in this case: ditto.

Not sure why the tone here is "hail to the hero". As noted Communism and Socialism just don't work. Acting like this is all good and doesn't treat everyone but the few leaders unfairly is nuts.

Wasn't it Thatcher that said of socialism: "The problem with socialism (or communism) is sooner or later you run out of other people's money."

Apr. 11 2013 01:00 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

He should have been tried, or at the very least vilified for helping a madman whose policies killed perhaps 40 million Chinese people. Instead the NY Times predictably welcomes him back "warmly."

Mao like Stalin was nothing but a power mad murderer, and should be given the same respect as Adolf Hitler.

Apr. 11 2013 12:58 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

Another left wing dystopian seeking another false Marxist prophet. SO many of them have failed, but they still keep coming even now! They can never admit they were wrong, and never admit that their false socioeconomic ideals have no basis in reality. Never had, and never will.

Apr. 11 2013 12:55 PM
CK from Yorktown

We're celebrating this guy being an aid to a communist dictator? Really? This is a good thing?

Apr. 11 2013 12:54 PM

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