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How the Beatles Rocked the Kremlin (2009)

The story of the Beatles' effect on the Soviet Union.

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Leslie Woodhead ...
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Artemiy Troitskiy ...
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Kolya Vasin ...
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Yury Pelyushonok ...
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Masha Oleneva ...
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Vladimir Matetskiy ...
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Liliana Pelyushonok ...
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Nikolai Poturaev ...
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Sergei Ivanov ...
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Vova Katzman ...
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Andrey Makarevich ...
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Andrei Tropillo ...
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The story of the Beatles' effect on the Soviet Union.

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8 November 2009 (USA)  »

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Les Beatles à l'assaut du Kremlin  »

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An hour of Beatles fans droning on
14 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I love the Beatles. To this day they're my favorite band. And I find the idea that they may have had a major influence on changes in the Soviet Union to be an interesting one. But none of that kept me from getting bored by this documentary.

The film's thesis is that when Beatlemania hit Russia - an underground phenomena suppressed by the Soviet government - it caused young people to reevaluate their society and pushed them towards rebellion.

This thesis is supported primarily by Beatles' fans going on about how much the Beatles effected their lives, and anecdotal evidence like the popularity of Beatles cover bands. The result isn't especially persuasive; it could be true, but the case isn't made well. I could find Beatles fans and cover bands in America and tell the same story about how the Beatles were responsible for everything that happened in the U.S., but the real story is, like most stories, more complex. I would have preferred a movie that talked about the evolution of Russia and included the Beatles in the context of that evolution, but this narrow focus does not work.

Unfortunately, the end result is a movie of Beatles fans talking about the Beatles, something that is not really interesting in any country.


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