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Heir to an Execution

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Journalist Ivy Meeropol makes her directorial debut with Heir to an Execution, a personal documentary exploring the execution of her biological grandparents: Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. In 1953, the Rosenbergs were put to death by the U.S. government with the charge of conspiracy to commit wartime espionage. Their orphaned young children were adopted by the Meeropol family, who raised them with the belief that their real parents were innocent. After working as a magazine reporter and political speechwriter for ...
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Overview

Journalist Ivy Meeropol makes her directorial debut with Heir to an Execution, a personal documentary exploring the execution of her biological grandparents: Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. In 1953, the Rosenbergs were put to death by the U.S. government with the charge of conspiracy to commit wartime espionage. Their orphaned young children were adopted by the Meeropol family, who raised them with the belief that their real parents were innocent. After working as a magazine reporter and political speechwriter for much of her career, director Meeropol conducted her own intimate investigation of her grandparents. The film includes commentary from the Rosenbergs' friend Morton Sobell also convicted, but released from prison in 1969 and the director's father, Michael Meeropol. Produced by filmmaker Marc Levin, Heir to an Execution was shown at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004 as part of the documentary competition.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Filmmaker audio commentary; Exclusive interviews:; Tony Kushner - who chose to prominently feature a character based on Ethel Rosenberg in his play Angels in America; Arthur Kinoy - an attorney who advocated a stay of execution; Bill Reuben - first reporter to argue the Rosenbergs' innocence; ; Additional observations from family & friends in the film: Morton Sobell, Michael Meeropol, Abe Osheroff, Miriam Moskowitz, David & Emily Alman
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/12/2012
  • UPC: 883316485880
  • Original Release: 2003
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  • Source: Hbo Archives
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Time: 1:39:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 94,724

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Meeropol Interviewee
Technical Credits
Ivy Meeropol Director, Cinematographer, Producer
Matthew Akers Cinematographer
Eric Seuel Davies Editor
Ken Eluto Editor
Lori Goldston Score Composer
Kyle Hanson Score Composer
David Hocs Sound/Sound Designer
Caroline Kim Sound/Sound Designer
Human Kinetics Score Composer
Marc Levin Producer
Sheila Nevins Executive Producer
Daphne Pinkerson Producer
Michael Skolnik Associate Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Heir to an Execution
1. Chapter 1 [:02]
2. Chapter 2 [:05]
3. Chapter 3 [6:26]
4. Chapter 4 [:28]
5. Chapter 5 [5:33]
6. Chapter 6 [1:27]
7. Chapter 7 [7:02]
8. Chapter 8 [:51]
9. Chapter 9 [7:13]
10. Chapter 10 [2:08]
11. Chapter 11 [3:39]
12. Chapter 12 [2:59]
13. Chapter 13 [4:14]
14. Chapter 14 [1:41]
15. Chapter 15 [4:39]
16. Chapter 16 [1:30]
17. Chapter 17 [2:49]
18. Chapter 18 [4:52]
19. Chapter 19 [2:09]
20. Chapter 20 [2:02]
21. Chapter 21 [3:58]
22. Chapter 22 [:12]
23. Chapter 23 [5:45]
24. Chapter 24 [3:52]
25. Chapter 25 [3:07]
26. Chapter 26 [4:09]
27. Chapter 27 [2:07]
28. Chapter 28 [3:17]
29. Chapter 29 [3:32]
30. Chapter 30 [:50]
31. Chapter 31 [4:51]
32. Chapter 32 [1:05]
33. Chapter 33 [:04]
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