A Five Star Pick
When I read the synopsis of this true story, I was intrigued. I could not imagine how a woman was able to leave the comforts of her home in New York to live with her lover in a country that was under a strict regime, with less than comfortable conditions. Helene “Bluet” Rabinoff was married to Max Rabinoff, who was best known for founding the Boston Grand Opera Company in 1914 and was an international economic adviser. Although Bluet’s husband was wealthy from his success and born in the Soviet Union, she fell for another Russian man: Dr. Marc Cheftel. Visiting New York as someone who tried to solicit aid for medical needs to help Russians back home, Cheftel also successfully attempted to woo Bluet away from her 16 year marriage and from a daughter that she had with Max. Bluet left everything behind in her home town to live with Cheftel in Moscow, where she soon realized that he was a Soviet spy and that she was stuck in a dangerous situation under Stalin’s power, with no passport to get back home. The book allows you to reflect on your own blessings and how your whole life can be changed because of a foolish heart. Bluet had everything in America, despite the Great Depression and the threat of a future World War. To have imagined that her life would be wonderful with her lover in a Communist society was definitely wishful thinking on her part. Reality set in quickly and then it became a challenge every day to risk her life trying to come back home, even though she officially separated from Max. It was a very interesting story—one that could be portrayed through Hollywood’s eyes.