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L'Chayim, Comrade Stalin (2002)

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Interesting subject, deplorably handled.
9 March 2003 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

I have to agree with zwirnm's comments. I was very excited about the possibility of learning something about this little known spot on the planet and it's infamous history. But this film makes itself more difficult to watch than is seemingly worth it, I'm sad to say. Most of the blame falls squarely on the shoulders of Nils Kenaston, the cinematographer (if he can be called that) who is either afflicted with a severe case of palsy or is simply the pseudonym of an escaped monkey. Why is it that there are no shots outdoors except for a those filmed through car or train windows which make one sea-sick? Again, in full agreement with the zwirnm's comments - who are these people? I think it's sad that the filmmakers went to the trouble of finding all of these interesting people, but then they don't bother to tell us who they are, how they are connected or anything but a few details of time spent in Birobidzhan. While the archival footage from the Soviet Union is interesting it is presented here completely without context - in the middle of a discussion on Stalin's plans for 'evacuating' the Jews of Russia to Birobidzhan we're suddenly presented with footage of thousands of Russians celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Soviet Union. Huh? I hope someone is able to revisit this subject with a little more skill.


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