December 26, 1990 |
Five years ago, "Stalin's Funeral" would have been a sensation. Written and directed by Yevgeny Yevtushenko, the Soviet Union's best-known modern-day poet, the new film depicts life under Josef V. Stalin as a nightmare, which culminated in hundreds of deaths in the frenzied crowd outside the Moscow hall where the dictator's body lay in state in March, 1953.
February 24, 1990 |
The Soviet film companies are buying as well as selling. The country now purchases about a dozen or more American films annually--up from 6 to 8 a few years ago. Recent titles include "Mississippi Burning," "Platoon" and "Romancing the Stone." The latter, says Sovexportfilm public relations representative Oleg M. Sulkin, proved to be "a major blockbuster--everybody had to see it."
October 10, 1988 |
Just as Soviet film makers were savoring the new freedom brought by the reforms of President Mikhail S. Gorbachev, the country's film industry has become a major battleground in the struggle between conservatives and those pressing for more radical changes. "We are truly on the front line, with every studio a virtual war front," Eldar Ryazanov, a leading Soviet producer, said at the Union of Cinematographers last week.
October 16, 1989
According to your Oct. 1st article, the latest supermarket gimmick is bonus checks and points for "loyal customers." As with trading stamps, then "store" coupons and double coupons, soon all the major chains will offer similar incentives. But if one of the supermarket chains wants to demonstrate that it truly cares about its Southern California customers, it should reschedule its receiving hours to the hours between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m.
November 15, 1990 |
A small Laguna Hills investment firm said Wednesday that it has formed a joint venture with a Soviet film studio to produce low-budget movies in the Soviet Union. Rolan A. Bykov, president of Moscow-based All Union Movie and TV Centre, said the agreement calls for the production of 20 movies over a five-year period, with each picture budgeted at a cost of between $8 million and $10 million.
October 5, 1988 |
The Union of Cinematographers announced Tuesday that it has formally asked the Soviet government to review its 1974 decision to deport the dissident writer Alexander I. Solzhenitsyn, winner of the 1970 Nobel Prize for Literature, and to strip him of his Soviet citizenship.