July 7, 1997 |
There's no razzmatazz here: "Russia's Hollywood" looks as if a storm had hit it. A damp set sags forlornly on an abandoned open-air lot. Mysterious heaps of rotting wood have gathered behind crumbling buildings. Weeds cling to mangled cars in the alleys. But there's an unfamiliar whiff of optimism in the air at Mosfilm, the damaged 15-acre studio complex that was once the huge Soviet movie industry's showcase.