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Russia Officially Recognizes 'Star Wars' as Film Classic

Published: August 31, 2014 (Issue # 1826)



  • "Star Wars" made the list of officially recognized "foreign classics" by the Culture Ministry.
    Photo: Star Wars / YouTube

Despite a revival of Cold War tensions, the Russian government formally advised its citizens to watch a Hollywood sci-fi classic.

"Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope" made the list of officially recognized "foreign classics" by the Culture Ministry. Episode IV was the only only one of the six feature films in the Star Wars canon to make the cut.

The list comprises 100 films the ministry formally recommends to Russian citizens, which makes it a rough analogue of the U.S. National Film Registry.

The list is heavy with Hollywood fare, also comprising "Citizen Kane" (1941), "Cabaret" (1972), "Bambi" (1942), "Apocalypse Now" (1979), "Titanic" (1997), "Gone With the Wind" (1939) and "Scarface" (1983).

But it also includes German, French, British, Polish, Japanese, Chinese, Italian, Spanish, Hungarian and Yugoslavian films, the ministry said in a news release on Monday.

Non-U.S. foreign films to have made the cut include "Seven Samurai" (Japan, 1954), "Ashes and Diamonds" (Poland, 1958), "An Andalusian Dog" (France, 1929), "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" (Germany, 1920) and "Bicycle Thieves" (Italy, 1948).

The Culture Ministry, headed by ultrapatriotic former PR consultant Vladimir Medinsky, has experienced a radical tightening of the political screws of late, most notably in the film industry.

The ministry has denied screening permits to several acclaimed foreign films over alleged indecency, and increased ideological oversight over state-supported cinema, throwing more money at patriotic projects at the expense of more ideologically ambiguous films.

The government also banned expletives on screen, which has already led to denial of screening permits to several high-profile productions, including Cannes-winning "Leviathan" by acclaimed director Andrei Zvyagintsev.





 


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Saturday, Sept. 20


Starting on Sept. 18 and ending tomorrow is the Extreme Fantasy Wakeboarding Festival in Sunpark by Sredny Suzdalskoye lake in the Ozerki region of the city.


Those after something more laid back can instead head to Jazz and Wine night at TerraVino with legendary jazz guitarist Ildar Kazahanov. 12/14 Admiralteyskaya Emb.



Sunday, Sept. 21


Learn more about African culture and get some exercise during today’s “Djembe and Vuvuzela,” a bike ride starting in Palace Square that includes several stops where riders can listen to the music of Africa or watch short films about the continent. The riders plan to set off at 4 p.m. and all you need to join is a set of wheels.



Monday, Sept. 22


Do you love puppetry? If so, then be sure to go to BTK-Fest, a five-day festival that starts on Sept. 19 celebrating the art. Contemporaries from France, Belgium, the U.K. and other countries will join Russian artists to put on theatrical performances involving a variety of themes, materials and eras. Workshops and meetings are also scheduled for a chance to discuss the artistic medium in further depth.



Tuesday, Sept. 23


Marina Suhih, Director of the External Communications Department at Rostelecom North-West, and Yana Donskaya, HR Director for Northern Capital Gateway are just some of the confirmed participants of today’s round table discussion on “Interaction with Trade Unions” being hosted by SPIBA. Confirm your attendance with SPIBA by Sept. 22.


Kino Expo 2014, an international film industry convention, will be at LenExpo from today until Sept. 26. The third largest exhibition of film equipment in the world, the expo focuses on not only Russia but former Soviet republics as well.



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