Indiana Jones makes communists see red
May 24, 2008 12:00pm CST
The Russians are angry with the new Indiana Jones movie! "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" stars Harrison Ford as an archeologist in 1957 competing with an evil KGB agent, played by Cate Blanchett, to find a skull endowed with mystic powers. "What galls is how together with America we defeated Hitler, and how we sympathized when Bin Laden hit them. But they go ahead and scare kids with Communists. These people have no shame," said Viktor Perov, a Communist Party member in Russia's second city of St Petersburg. The comments were made at a local Communist party meeting and posted on its Internet site www.kplo.ru. Hopefully that would not spark another cold war ya... What do you think? Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080523/od_nm/indianajones_dc;_ylt=AuQwj4sopiXelvZPsRBHHE7tiBIF
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27 May 08
Hi shakeroo, I agree with the Russian guy. It's probably not politically correct to agree with him, but IMO his observation is correct. I think it points somewhat to the persistently insular psyche of the American culture. Not that the USA doesn't have a lot going for it, and US citizens have a lot to keep them interested and occupied within their own nation. Any one state within the USA could pass for an entire country in any other context - in a similar way to the European Union, perhaps, or to China (where each province has a larger population than most contries around the world!). But I think the Europeans, as an example, are a little more aware of the wider world community than Americans seem to be. And IMO this is reflected in the parochial tendency of US media. Sure, every action movie needs a hero and a villain, but suppose an action movie cast a South American as the hero and a ruthless, blood-thirsty CIA agent as the villain? We all know something of the infamous history of the CIA's and NSA's involvement in South American affairs, and I'd expect that a certain proportion of Americans would take offense at such a film. Most might just accept the truth of the underlying premise and enjoy the film anyway, but some people wouldn't like it - they wouldn't be able to see the light side of it - especially anyone who might have been involved in whatever went on. Ditto this Russian guy's view of the latest Indiana Jones movie. I believe the Pearl Harbor movie was modified to avoid offending Japanese viewers. Seems that we do make the effort to appease people who we want to keep on side. I guess a concomitant issue here is how the kiddies' world views are influenced by the scenarios presented in such movies. Perhaps it's a trivial matter, and perhaps not. But IMO the fact that some significant Russian identities have voiced their disapproval at least warrants some consideration.
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26 May 08
Its a movie that is contextually accurate since the US was very concerned with communism in 1957, not to mention that Russia itself is not communist anymore. Of course a Communist party member wouldn't want anyone to show 1950's communists because the truth makes their history look bad.
24 May 08
I haven't seen this movie yet, but my husband, a big Russian history buff, expressed an interest in going to see it, possibly today. I'll have to send him this discussion so he can jump in here with his opinion and let the world know what he thought o the movie.
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24 May 08
Look, it's just an action movie!-Who cares what fanatical controllers think? It was like when the movie the DaVinci Code came out. Every movie could offen someone? But it's just entertainment and ..if a person does not want to watch, they can do something else. (Frankly, I was more ofended that The Crusifiction of The Christ movie showed a person being tortured for over 40 minutes!-So..I just chose not to go see it. But I didn't make an issue over it.) I plan on seeing the movie for the action. Everything can't always be historically correct, for goodness sakes! People need to get a life! There are more important issues on this Earth to think of and resolve than a dumb movie!