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  • November 17, 1943

    Federal Bureau of Investigation Telegram Requesting Surveillance of Mikhail Kalatozov

    Permission is requested to install microphone surveillance on the hotel room of Soviet film director Mikhail Kalatozov.

  • November 17, 1943

    J. Edgar Hoover Message Authorizing Hotel for Surveillance of Mikhail Kalatozov

    FBI Director Hoover grants a request for the rental of hotel rooms for surveillance of Soviet film director Mikhail Kalatozov.

  • November 22, 1943

    Federal Bureau of Investigation Report on Activities of Mikhail Konstantin Kalatozov

    Report on the arrival of Soviet film director Mikhail K. Kalatozov in Los Angeles and his activities meeting with members of the movie industry as an official representative of the Soviet film committee. A reception in his honor was given by the National Council of Soviet-American Friendship which was attended by Charlie Chaplin.

  • November 24, 1943

    Memorandum for D. M. Lade on Microphone Surveillance of Mikhail Kalatozov

    Memorandum regarding a request for microphone surveillance of Soviet film director Mikhail Kalatozov.

  • November 26, 1943

    J. Edgar Hoover Message Authorizing Surveillance of Mikhail Kalatozov

    FBI Director Hoover grants a request for microphone surveillance of Soviet film director Mikhail Kalatozov.

  • February 09, 1944

    Federal Bureau of Investigation Report on Activities of Mikhail Konstantin Kalatozov

    Report on contacts made by Soviet film director Mikhail Kalatozov with Soviet embassy officials and members of the American film industry.

  • April 15, 1944

    Federal Bureau of Investigation Report on Activities of Mikhail Konstantin Kalatozov

    Report on contacts made by Soviet film director Mikhail Kalatozov with Soviet embassy officials and members of the American film industry.

  • April 22, 1944

    Federal Bureau of Investigation Letter to Assistant Secretary of State Adolf A. Berle

    The FBI states that a confidential source reports that Kalatozov is meeting with Nelson Rockefeller regarding distributing Soviet films to South America. The signature is difficult to read but is likely J. Edgar Hoover.

  • June 01, 1944

    Memorandum for J. Edgar Hoover on Mikhail Konstantin Kalatozov's Status

    A confidential source reports that a State Department official informed the Soviet embassy that film director Kalatozov's activities fall within the purview of the Registration Act, and he must register with the Department of Justice as an agent of foreign country.

  • June 05, 1944

    Letter to J. Edgar Hoover on Mikhail Kalatozov

    A heavily redacted letter from Ottawa reporting on foreign contacts made by Soviet film director Mikhail Kalatozov in Canada and Mexico.

  • June 13, 1944

    Federal Bureau of Investigation Report on Activities of Mikhail Konstantin Kalatozov

    Report on contacts made by Soviet film director Mikhail Kalatozov with Soviet embassy officials and members of the American film industry, including Orson Welles.

  • June 14, 1944

    Federal Bureau of Investigation Teletype Reporting Surveillance of Mikhail Kalatozov

    Report that a microphone has been installed for surveillance of Soviet film director Mikhail Kalatozov.

  • August 16, 1944

    Federal Bureau of Investigation Telegram on Mikhail Kalatozov

    A source indicated that film director Mikhail Kalatozov will be returning to the Soviet Union.

  • August 23, 1944

    Federal Bureau of Investigation Report on Activities of Mikhail Konstantin Kalatozov

    Soviet film director Mikhail Kalatozov has left Los Angeles for New York and Washington, DC, and will likely be returning home to the Soviet Union. A list of contacts by Kalatozov's staff and his wife to various American film producers and directors is recorded, including Orson Welles.

  • September 11, 1944

    Memorandum for J. Edgar Hoover on Proposed Organization for Exchange of American and Soviet Films

    A heavily redacted memorandum on a report from the Assistant Attorney General regarding a proposed organization to exchange Soviet and American films, which would involve film director Mikhail Kalatozov.

  • October 23, 1944

    Federal Bureau of Investigation Report on Activities of Mikhail Konstantin Kalatozov

    Report on the conclusion of Soviet film director Mikhail Kalatozov's trip to the United States and various negotiations with American film companies.

  • November 24, 1944

    Federal Bureau of Investigation Teletype on Conclusion of Surveillance of Mikhail Kalatozov

    Notice of the continued microphone surveillance following the departure of Soviet film director Mikhail Kalatozov for the Soviet Union.

  • November 28, 1944

    Memorandum from J. Edgar Hoover to United States Attorney General

    FBI director Hoover recommends continued surveillance of Mikhail Kalatozov's former residence in Los Angeles.

  • November 29, 1944

    Federal Bureau of Investigation Report on Activities of Mikhail Konstantin Kalatozov

    Report on Soviet film director Kalatozov's activities in New York City and contacts with members of the American film industry.

  • December 20, 1944

    Federal Bureau of Investigation Report on Activities of Mikhail Konstantin Kalatozov

    Soviet film director Mikhail Kalatozov has departed from the United States but is expected to return in 1945. Final report on his activities and contacts prior to departure.