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Disko ja tuumasõda (2009)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 12 November 2010 (USA)
A story about growing up in the Soviet Union. The film tells the story of a strange kind of information war, where a totalitarian regime stands face to face with the heroes of popular ... See full summary »

Director:

Jaak Kilmi

Writers:

Kiur Aarma (creator), Jaak Kilmi (creator)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kiur Aarma Kiur Aarma ... Narrator (voice)
Jaak Kilmi Jaak Kilmi ... Narrator (voice)
Alo Kõrve Alo Kõrve ... Narrator (voice)
Jaan Tootsen Jaan Tootsen ... Narrator (voice)
Liina Vahtrik Liina Vahtrik ... Narrator (voice)
Eduard Toman Eduard Toman ... Narrator (voice)
Urho Kekkonen Urho Kekkonen ... Himself, president of Finland (archive footage)
Esko Salminen Esko Salminen ... Himself, Finnish historian, professor of media and communications
Teija Sopanen Teija Sopanen ... Herself, Finnish TV hostess (archive footage)
Lieko Zachovalová Lieko Zachovalová ... Herself, Finnish news correspondent to Prague (voice) (archive footage)
Sakari Kiuru Sakari Kiuru ... Himself, former CEO of the Finnish Broadcasting Company
Arvo Sildnik Arvo Sildnik ... Himself, television engineer
Edward Lucas Edward Lucas ... Himself, the author of 'The New Cold War'
Ami Aspelund Ami Aspelund ... Herself (archive footage)
Yuri Andropov Yuri Andropov ... Himself (archive footage)
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A story about growing up in the Soviet Union. The film tells the story of a strange kind of information war, where a totalitarian regime stands face to face with the heroes of popular culture. And loses. It was a time when it was possible for erotic film star Emmanuelle to bring down the Red Army and MacGyver to outdo an entire school administration. It is a film about our generation, who were unknowingly brought to the front line of the Cold War. Western popular culture had an incomparable role shaping Soviet children's world views in those days. Finnish television was a window to a world of dreams that the authorities could not block in any way. Though Finnish channels were banned, many households found some way to access the forbidden fruit. Written by Warsaw Film Festival

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The story of a totalitarian regime brought down by disco

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Country:

Estonia | Finland

Language:

Estonian | Finnish | Russian | English

Release Date:

12 November 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Disco & Atomic War See more »

Filming Locations:

Estonia

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Better on paper
14 April 2010 | by nmlhatsSee all my reviews

I chose this entry at the Dallas Int'l Film Fest based on its intriguing description (ok, the "Dallas" connection clinched the deal). The film describes the history of popular western culture as depicted on television as a deliberate use of "soft power" in the cold war. While it was mildly entertaining and reasonably interesting, it was not what you would call compelling viewing or taut storytelling. The narrative did not flow well and there was a substantial amount of somewhat "off-topic" footage and content. We "follow" several children who grew up with the pirated Finnish TV signal, but their tales are disjointed. Some of the footage seems like it was from an era earlier than the time it was meant to depict. The basic tale is interesting from a historical standpoint, but the filmmaker is unsuccessful in translating to the screen what sounds like a great idea on paper. With judicious cuts and editing it would make a great one-hour PBS documentary, but it does not hold up as a feature-length film.


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