Onward to the Shining Future: Animation and the Big Soviet Lie Video(VHS/DVD)

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Onward to the Shining Future: Animation and the Big Soviet Lie. Soviet film studios worked hard to portray their governmentís system as idyllic and forward-looking. This program showcases animated films designed to promote that utopian vision. Soviet Toys, the earliest known example of Soviet animation, condemns Leninís New Economic Policy; The Victorious Destination celebrates the achievements of Stalinís first five-year plan; Samoyed Boy praises the Soviet educational system and the casting-off of antiquated traditions; and Hot Stone, Music Box, and Songs of the Years of Fire rejoice over the passing of Czarist imperialism and the establishment of a new, benevolent society. Eleven films total, plus commentary from Russian State Film School professor Igor Kokarev, political cartoonist Boris Yefimov, and director/animator Fyodor Khitruk. (152 minutes) Portions are in Russian with English subtitles. The DVD version can be viewed using a DVD.
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