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Incestuous and Pedophilic Overtones

 

Several movies, produced in the Soviet Union and Russia with the help of foreign companies for general audience, contain rather questionable scenes hinting at incest and pedophilia. Moreover, the movies were awarded with prestigious international prizes. Thus, perverted intentions of the filmmakers have been endorsed by many film critics and creative community. It also should be mentioned that the feature films were produced at the time of catastrophic upheavals before and after the collapse of the Soviet Union. By and large, the Soviet and Russian art of that period is characterized by decadent tendencies. Political and economical turmoil was accompanied by moral decline.

Phantasmagorical parable To Kill a Dragon («Убить дракона», directed by Soviet-Jewish artist Mark Zakharov, produced by Mosfilm Studios, Bavaria Film and ZDF, 1988) contains a scene with a naked heroine, played by Alexandra Zakharova – the daughter of the film director. Well, as a rule, female nudity is OK, but it looks quite disgusting when a father shoots a film, where his own daughter strips herself naked. This Soviet-German film received the Nika Award from the Russian Academy of Cinema Arts and Sciences in 1989.

Anglo-Russian prison drama Lost in Siberia («Затерянный в Сибири», directed by Soviet-Jewish artist Alexander Mitta, produced by Mosfilm Studios and Spectrum, 1991) is notorious for its grotesque exaggerations of Gulag’s sternness and unreal characters, like a prisoner on crutches who successfully catches up with a moving train (!!!) in order to escape a labour camp. But, there is also a little bit of adult entertainment. An under-age Russian girl has been shown in her nudity twice: presumed dead, she lays naked in a morgue and in another scene she washes herself at the labour camp’s baths along with a woman. The movie was nominated for Golden Globe as a best foreign language film, 1991.

Burnt by the Sun («Утомлённые солнцем», directed by Soviet-Russian artist Nikita Mikhalkov, produced by Studio Trite, Canal+ and Caméra One, 1994) is a Russian-French saga about a Soviet general, who eventually falls a victim to Stalinist repressions, depicted in his family surroundings. The general, played by Nikita Mikhalkov, takes a bath with his naked daughter playing on his back. By the way, Nadezhda Mikhalkova, then eight-year old child who performed this role, is a daughter of the film director. The movie was awarded with the Oscar for best foreign language film and Cannes Film Festival’s Grand Prix, 1994.

Thus, pedophilia and prostitution, which have become a real scourge of the post-Soviet States, received a subtle ideological support from artistic mercenaries.

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