The Biden administration has rehabilitated Robert Oppenheimer, the father of the atomic bomb during WWII who at the height of McCarthyism was suspected of being a spy for the Soviet Union. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm has reversed the decision of her predecessors who in the mid-1950s deprived the scientist now at the center of Christopher Nolan’s anticipated new film of access to state secrets. The 1954 punishment inflicted on Oppenheimer by the Atomic Energy Commission after 19 days of secret hearings marked a humiliating epilogue to the scientist’s career. However, it was the result of a “flawed process” in violation of the regulations of the agency itself, Grenholm has now established, revoking the decision. Oppenheimer was born in 1904 in New York into a wealthy family of Jewish origin. When, after Hitler’s seizure of power, America became a place of refuge for Jewish scientists from Europe, the physicist belonged to groups with leftist sympathies but never became a member of the American Communist Party as his brother did. his wife and an ex-girlfriend. Historians have long clamored for the “black spot” on Oppenheimer’s reputation to be removed. Kai Bird, co-author with Martin Sherwin of ‘American Prometheus’, the Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of the scientist Nolan based the film on, said he was “overwhelmed by emotion” but also happy because now “American history students will be able to read the last chapter and see that what was done to Oppenheimer was not the last word.” According to Granholm, “the more time passed, the more evidence emerged that Oppenheimer had been the victim of an injustice, as the evidence of his love for him and his loyalty to the country was confirmed.”
Nolan’s film is the first from the director of ‘Dunkirk’ after 2020’s ‘Tenet’. With Cillian Murphy, famous for his role in the BBC series ‘Peaky Blinders’, but also for parts in ‘Dunkirk’, ‘Inception’ , ‘Dark Knight’ and ‘Breakfast on Pluto’, in the title role, OPPENHEIMER will be released by Universal in theaters in Italy on July 20, 2023 (July 21 in the USA) and the first trailer, which shows sequences shot in black and white and in Imax, it was released in theaters this week. The cast is stellar with Emily Blunt playing the wife of the physicist, Matt Damon and Robert Downey Jr. respectively the general who directed the Manhattan Project and the head of the Atomic Energy Commission. And then Florence Pugh, the scientist’s lover, Gary Oldman as President Harry Truman, plus Jack Quaid and Rami Malek, whose characters have not yet been revealed.
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