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People of Russia (1942)

The Union of Socialist Soviet Republics (USSR) is the largest geographically unbroken political unit in the world, covering one-sixth of the world's land mass. The people are a determined ... See full summary »

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The Union of Socialist Soviet Republics (USSR) is the largest geographically unbroken political unit in the world, covering one-sixth of the world's land mass. The people are a determined lot, stemming from the memory of breaking free from czarist rule and the emerging Soviet regime going through its growing pains. The Communist government's regulations do not allow for profit, and everything is owned and controlled by the state. Most of the agricultural goods produced are exchanged for military hardware, leaving little food for the people, who must stand in long queues to receive what little is available. However, the government provided for equality among the sexes and strove to end illiteracy with education being mandatory for children. There also is a certain freedom and liberation to the lives of the people, for who pride in work is glorified and celebrated in service to the state. Written by Huggo

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26 December 1942 (USA)  »

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A FitzPatrick Miniature: People of Russia  »

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Edited from Moscow, Heart of Soviet Russia (1932) See more »

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Shows How Far the Studios Would Go for the War Effort
26 March 2014 | by See all my reviews

To paraphrase Orwell, Oceania was allied with Eurasia, Oceania always had been allied with Eurasia.

So it was in 1942, when the United States found itself allied to the Soviet Union, which as recently as the previous year had been a virtual ally of Nazi Germany.

Time to present a positive image of the Union of Soviet Socialists Republics. "People of Russia" demonstrates that Hollywood was more than up to the task.

Most of the film's footage is borrowed from a 1932 James Fitzpatrick Travel Talk. The conclusion is from a 1940 parade, probably May Day.

"A fully liberated people" Fitzpatrick informs us, march by the tomb of Vladimir Lenin "Who passed his miraculous power to another giant among men who shares, with the people of Russia, the respect and admiration of the civilized world - Joseph Stalin!"

Such a narration might well have been written in Moscow. Actually it was penned at MGM, the most conservative of the major studios.

All the film factories fell in line and churned out similar propaganda until 1945. Then, as it always does, the world turned and soon . . .

Oceania was at war with Eurasia. Oceania always had been at war with Eurasia.


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