The Invisible Front

Main Plot Points:
  • The Invisible Front is an award winning film about love and the fight for freedom. In 1944, Soviet forces occupied Lithuania for a second time in less than five years.
  • This time the youth of the nation chose to fight back and formed a guerrilla army of partisans called the Forest Brothers. Among them was a charismatic leader named Juozas Luksa who joined the resistance with his three brothers.
  • Having realized that the pen was mightier than the sword Luksa risked his life to escape to Paris in 1948 to spread the word of the partisan struggle. In Paris, Luksa quickly joined up with western intelligence agencies, wrote a memoir and met the love of his life: Nijole.
  • Shortly after their wedding, Luksa was air-dropped back into Soviet Lithuania by the CIA to help liberate his country. The Invisible Front tells the story of a Lithuanian resistance, Luksa and Nijole through the use of Luksa’s writings and his love letters to Nijole.

What We Thought:

  • To put it simply, your opinion of The Invisible Front will be almost entirely dependent on if you find stories about the rise and fall of the Soviet Union interesting or not.
  • Despite being wonderfully produced, what is actually a pretty fascinating story about native Lithuanians resisting Soviet rule only to finally take the country back in the early 90’s, The Invisible Front has a difficult time with coming off as being absolutely dry.
  • There are some captivating stories about the underground Lithuanian resistance leader, Juozas Luksa, being covertly trained by the CIA to lead the uprising against the Soviets.
  • Unfortunately, these anecdotes from those that knew him were otherwise surrounded with lifeless narration that sounds like someone is reading straight from a High School history textbook.
  • It’s a shame too, because Luksa’s story could’ve really been brought to life with a few well-produced reenactments, but I guess I can’t give The Invisible Front too much grief for simply sticking to direct sources for this documentary to tell its story.
  • I give this documentary credit for portraying the resiliency of the Lithuanian people and how after almost 50 years of oppressive Soviet rule, they finally were able to declare their independence from The Soviet Union.

Special Features:

  • None

Notable Cast & Crew:

  • No one notable

Recommended if You Like:

  • Documentaries that have to do with the Soviet Union

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