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With confession, Rubashov can lessen his sentence, to five or 10 years in a labour camp, instead of execution. He simply has to co-operate. The charges are hardly discussed, as both men understand they are not relevant. Rubashov says that he is "tired" and doesn't "want to play this kind of game anymore.

Ivanov implies that Rubashov can perhaps live to see the socialist utopia they've both worked so hard to create. The next section of the book begins with an entry in Rubashov's diary; he struggles to find his place and that of the other Old Bolsheviks, within the Marxist interpretation of history. Ivanov and a junior examiner, Gletkin, discuss Rubashov's fate in the prison canteen. Gletkin urges using harsh, physical methods to demoralise the prisoner and force his confession, while Ivanov insists that Rubashov will confess after realising it is the only "logical" thing to do, given his situation.

Gletkin recalls that, during the collectivisation of the peasants, they could not be persuaded to surrender their individual crops until they were tortured and killed. Since that helped enable the ultimate goal of a socialist utopia, it was both the logical and the virtuous thing to do. Ivanov is disgusted but cannot refute Gletkin's reasoning. Ivanov believes in taking harsh actions to achieve the goal, but he is troubled by the suffering he causes.

Gletkin says the older man must not believe in the coming utopia. He characterises Ivanov as a cynic and claims to be an idealist. Their conversation continues the theme of the new generation taking power over the old: Ivanov is portrayed as intellectual, ironical, and at bottom humane, while Gletkin is unsophisticated, straightforward, and unconcerned with others' suffering. Being also a civil war veteran, Gletkin has his own experience of withstanding torture, yet still advocates its use. Ivanov has not been convinced by the younger man's arguments. Rubashov continues in solitary.

Taking over the interrogation of Rubashov, Gletkin uses physical abuses, such as sleep deprivation and forcing Rubashov to sit under a glaring lamp for hours on end, to wear him down. Missing his former interrogator, Ivanov, Rubashov inquires about him.

Gletkin has news: although he had been a member of the security police, Ivanov has been identified as an enemy of the people, and he has been executed. Rubashov finally capitulates.

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As he confesses to the false charges, Rubashov thinks of the many times he betrayed agents in the past: Richard, the young German; Little Loewy in Belgium, and Orlova, his secretary-mistress. He recognises that he is being treated with the same ruthlessness. His commitment to following his logic to its final conclusion—and his own lingering dedication to the Party—cause him to confess fully and publicly. The final section of the novel begins with a four-line quotation "Show us not the aim without the way The novel ends with Rubashov's execution.

Darkness at Noon was very successful, selling one half million copies in France alone. George Steiner said it was one of the few books that may have "changed history", while George Orwell , who reviewed the book for the New Statesman in , said:. Brilliant as this book is as a novel, and a piece of brilliant literature, it is probably most valuable as an interpretation of the Moscow "confessions" by someone with an inner knowledge of totalitarian methods.

What was frightening about these trials was not the fact that they happened—for obviously such things are necessary in a totalitarian society—but the eagerness of Western intellectuals to justify them. The novel was adapted as a stage play by Sidney Kingsley circa , which was later made into a television production. Writers interested in the political struggles of the time followed Koestler and other Europeans closely. His essay on Koestler discussed Darkness at Noon. In the s, numerous scriptwriters in Hollywood were still Communists, generally having been attracted to the party during the s.

According to Kenneth Lloyd Billingsley in an article published in , the Communists considered Koestler's novel important enough to prevent its being adapted for movies; the writer Dalton Trumbo "bragged" about his success in that to the newspaper The Worker. He signaled the torture of American POW's by Communist North Vietnam: "One thinks of Vietnam as a tropical country, but in January the rains came, and there was cold and darkness, even at noon. At the height of the media attention during the Clinton—Lewinsky scandal , US President Bill Clinton reportedly referred to Koestler's novel, telling an aide, "I feel like a character in the novel Darkness at Noon ", and, "I am surrounded by an oppressive force that is creating a lie about me and I can't get the truth out.

Rubashov resigns himself to the reality that people are not capable of self-governance nor even of steering a democratic government to their own benefit. This he asserts is true for a period of time following technological advancements—a period in which people as a group have yet to learn to adapt to and harness, or at least respond to the technological advancements in a way that actually benefits them.

Until this period of adaptation runs its course, Rubashov comes to accept that a totalitarian government is perhaps not unjustified as people would only steer society to their own detriment anyway.

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Having reached this conclusion, Rubashov resigns himself to execution without defending himself against charges of treason. Every jump of technical progress leaves the relative intellectual development of the masses a step behind, and thus causes a fall in the political-maturity thermometer. It takes sometimes tens of years, sometimes generations, for a people's level of understanding gradually to adapt itself to the changed state of affairs, until it has recovered the same capacity for self-government as it had already possessed at a lower stage of civilization.

Hardy translation. And so every leap of technical progress brings with it a relative intellectual regression of the masses, a decline in their political maturity. At times it may take decades or even generations before the collective consciousness gradually catches up to the changed order and regains the capacity to govern itself that it had formerly possessed at a lower stage of civilization.

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Skip to main content. By the time the documentary aired, most of the principals were dead, including Kramer, Foreman, Zinnemann, and Cooper. Victor Navasky , author of Naming Names , a definitive account of the Hollywood blacklist, told a reporter that, based on his interviews with Kramer's widow and others, the documentary seemed "one-sided, and the problem is it makes a villain out of Stanley Kramer, when it was more complicated than that".

Richard Fleischer later claimed he helped Carl Foreman develop the story of High Noon over eight weeks while driving to and from the set of The Clay Pigeon which they were making together.

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John Wayne was originally offered the lead role in the film, but turned it down because he felt that Foreman's story was an obvious allegory against blacklisting , which he actively supported. Later, he told an interviewer that he would "never regret having helped run Foreman out of the country".

Although Wayne's contempt for the film and refusal of its lead role were well known, he said, "I'm glad to see they're giving this to a man who is not only most deserving, but has conducted himself throughout the years in our business in a manner that we can all be proud of Now that I'm through being such a good sport I'm going back and find my business manager and agent After Wayne turned down the Will Kane role, Kramer offered it to Gregory Peck , who declined because he felt it was too similar to his role in The Gunfighter , the year before.

He later said he considered it the biggest mistake of his career. Kramer saw Grace Kelly in an off-Broadway play and cast her as Kane's bride, despite Cooper and Kelly's substantial age disparity 50 and 23, respectively. Rumors of an affair between Cooper and Kelly during filming remain unsubstantiated.


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Kelly biographer Donald Spoto wrote that there was no evidence of a romance, aside from tabloid gossip. Lee Van Cleef made his film debut in High Noon. Kramer first offered him the Harvey Pell role, after seeing him in a touring production of Mister Roberts , on the condition that he have his nose surgically altered to appear less menacing.

Van Cleef refused, and was cast instead as Colby, the only role of his career without a single line of dialog. A few town scenes were shot in Columbia State Historic Park , a preserved Gold Rush mining town near Sonora , but most of the street scenes were filmed on the Columbia lot in Burbank. Joseph's Church in Tuolumne City was used for exterior shots of the Hadleyville church.