6.02.2008

Harrison Ford, Propagandist


I saw Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull the night after it came out. I didn’t think it was amazing, but I wasn’t too disappointed either.

The plot was far-fetched, and there were parts that were absolutely ludicrous, but really, since when do we go to Indiana Jones seeking realism?

All in all, I thought Crystal Skull fit in pretty well with the other three movies in the Indiana Jones franchise. It may have been the worst of the four, but it didn’t shame the series or anything like that.

Well, that’s just my opinion—the Communist Party of Russia apparently disagrees.

According to this article, they sent an open letter to Harrison Ford calling for Crystal Skull to be removed from Russian theaters and condemning it as “anti-Soviet propaganda.”

The film is set in 1957, and with no more Nazis left to fight, Indy finds himself competing with a group of vicious Soviet agents to find a mystical crystal skull in Peru.

The letter to Ford takes great exception to this, reminding him that, “in 1957 the USSR was not sending terrorists to America but sending the Sputnik satellite into space!”

It’s a year Soviets remember clearly—after Sputnik, everything was pretty much downhill.

Oh and by the way, so far, the Communist Party’s pleas seem to have fallen on deaf ears: Crystal Skull is being shown on over 800 screens in Russia, which is the most ever for a foreign film.

4 comments:

Colby 6/2/08, 1:46 PM  

I haven't seen the movie yet, but here's at least one guy who thinks the Ford's character is actually pro-communist :-O

"First, Indy says, he's going to London, then there's a job offer from the University of Leipzig he might well take. Leipzig is in what was then East Germany. Indy wants to defect!"

Indy -- a pinko?

ecarson 6/2/08, 3:34 PM  

It was an okay movie; I see some of the old USSR ways (censorship) have not changed much.

Luke 6/3/08, 9:01 AM  

Colbs,

That's hilarious. I didn't realize that Leipzig was in East Germany. Neither do the St. Petersburg communists apparently.

Luke 6/3/08, 9:03 AM  

Eddie,

Ya, it wasn't great, but I thought it was pretty good, or at least, entertaining.

In regards to the old USSR ways not changing much, I think Putin would thank you for that compliment.

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