Bridge of Spies: The Real Story

Steven Spielberg’s latest film, Bridge of Spies, tells the story of the exchange between Francis Gary Powers and Rudolf Abel. British Pathé followed this story as it happened. Here we present newsreels documenting the real story of the exchange.

Vilyam Fisher (Mark Rylance) was a Soviet Intelligence officer, operating under the alias of Rudolf Abel. He was spotted by FBI agents after acting nervously in a park in Brooklyn; he was then put under surveillance and eventually arrested. After his capture, James B. Donovan (Tom Hanks) was asked to be his defence lawyer. Abel accepted. However, he was still sentenced to…

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