RWV Kanopy Movie Discussion
Join Thursday's RWV Movie Group discussion via Zoom at 10 AM
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89016059225?pwd=bmhESjN0N3NhRUE3MXJWSWpVQ0Nrdz09
Meeting ID: Meeting ID: 890 1605 9225
Attend by phone: 1-669-900-6833
Movie this Month: The Catcher Was a Spy (2018)
Moe Berg, a 15-year baseball veteran, joins the war effort as a spy to beat Nazi Germany in the race to build the first atomic bomb. In 1936, Berg is playing for the Boston Red Sox near the end of a long if undistinguished pro career. On a goodwill baseball exhibition tour of Japan, Berg sneaks onto the roof of a Tokyo hospital to covertly film Tokyo's harbor and Navy shipyards.
The Office of Strategic Services Chief to whom he presents the film is impressed by Berg’s enterprise, as well as the extensive language skills that Berg has picked up at Princeton and elsewhere, and Berg is hired. Werner Heisenberg, who won the Nobel Prize in 1932 for pioneering quantum physics, is now in charge of the Nazis’ attempts to create an atom bomb. If he succeeds, the Germans could win the war.
Berg is smuggled into Italy and then Switzerland, with the task to discover if Heisenberg is anywhere near that goal. If so, it will fall to Berg to assassinate the brilliant physicist. Casey Stengel once described Berg as "the strangest man ever to play baseball." His is the only baseball card on display at the headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency.
Watch the movie via the web application "Kanopy" anytime before the discussion date and bring your comments and insights to the online meeting.
To sign up for Kanopy: Kanopy is free with your Multnomah or Washington County library card. On the Multnomah County Library website, go to the blue toolbar and click on E-Books and More. From the dropdown menu, select E-Books and More. Kanopy is the first listing under Streaming Media. Click on Kanopy and follow instructions. [https://multcolib.kanopy.com/] For Washington County, go to the toolbar at the top and choose Digital Library. Then select Kanopy and follow the directions [https://wccls.kanopy.com/].