Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Child 44: Bullshit Banned

The day after tomorrow "Child 44" should start worldwide and in Russia. In Russia, it won't.

I am sincerely satisfied with such a decision of Central Partnership distribution company. We have no need to see this bullshit.

I wrote about this film in January.

But it's not just a tall tale. It's not just a fruit of Tom Rob Smith ill imagination. It's worse.

In fact, it's an act of decades long Russophobic campaign of dehumanization of Russia/USSR. It's not just a fiction; it's an act of information war. And an offence, which I take to my account as well, as it is an offence to my country.

I feel myself obliged to go a bit deeper so that my feeling was understood better.

I see that Mr. Tom Rob Smith tries to describe the Soviet life of early 1950-s with all the black paint he can find in... the Western history.

Gary Oldman (Mikhail Nesterov, dressed as colonel)
and Tom Hardy (Leo Demidoff).
Here are some points.

1. One of the main characters Lev Demidov is amphetamine addict. The author doesn't know amphetamines were in quite a restriced medical use in the USSR since end of the 1940-s. But he knows it was widely used by allied pilots durimg WWII and GI's in Korea in early 1950-s.

2. Some mental disorder of Mr. Smith told him that Stalin declared no crime existed in the USSR. Surely, there was way less crime than in capitalist countries, but it existed and no one tried to pretend there was no. We had our brave Soviet Militia that served and effectively protected the Soviet people, that fought crime and gave rich food for our Soviet detective stories.

3. It looks like Tom Rob Smith divides the Soviet population in two major parts. One is KGB agents, their imformers and whistle-blowers, all being devil incarnates. The second part is open and hidden dissidents opposing the state (and, evidently, standing for those democratic and liberal values of the civilized world — supposedly the USSR belongs to the non-civilized, you know). I wonder if the author understands there were millions of normal, common, regular citizens absolutely loyal to the Soviet power, and even enthusiastic about building up (or, to be more exact, at that time rebuilding) of the best society in the world.

Tom Hardy as Leo Demidoff
4. The author knows not just little, but close to nothing about the circumstances and realities of the Soviet life. Director of a restaurant could not rename the town according to his family name (Bazarov). Just because the director was an employee, just like the last waiter, and had no right even to choose the name of the restaurant, let alone giving names to something else except for his children.

5. Description of a Soviet orphanage is one of the utmost bullshits the author invents. Surely, at that time being in an orphanage was at a distance from paradise, but the Soviet power tried to do all it could for its children, and the images depicted are as far from reality as hell is from heaven. Such persons like Lidia Ruslanova, Valentin Dikul, Viktor Astafyev, Nikolay Gubenko and many other famous Soviet figures were brought up in orphanages.

6. Soviet people were not obliged to applause a every mentioning of Stalin.

7. An illiterate militia officer is not just a bullshit. It is the case when a total menthal disorder of Rob Tom Smith becomes an act of historical sabotage. LIKBEZ was one of the greatest achievments of the young Soviet power in the USSR; that is the campaign against illiteracy: it was BEFORE the October Revolution that about 60% of population was illierate (as for future Asian ex-USSR-republics, more than 90%). These were bolsheviks that obliged all people beween 8 and 50 to be literate, facilitaed the campaign and succeeded with it before the WWII.

8. The story in general is evidently based upon Chikatilo case. And it was militia that finally found him, after some mistakes. Yes, Soviet milita did mistakes; who doesn't?

9. Mister Smith collected in his novel some anti-Soviet data into the "44 facts  about the USSR". It is quite pitiful to read about Indigirka boat. Yet I dare to remind that Titanic crash took away 68% lives of passengers; it was even worse with free people aboard the most modern steamer, than with prisoners on Indigirka. How comes?

10. One for the book, one for the film.

Tom Rob Smith reminds there were 842,144 homeless children in the USSR in 1943—1945. Yes, that's true. But fuck all those who forget it is not Stalin bu Hitler to blame: during the WWII the USSR lost almost 9 million soldiers and 16+ million of civil population. The war was a humane, economic and demographic catastrophe for our country incomparable with losses suffered by any other European country. BTW, how many children live not a their home in the USA I wonder? Now, without any war?

And the film... It starts with a staged photo session of putting a red flag upon Reichstag. It is, as they say, based on a true story. A true story of a special group of sergeant Mikhail Egorov (Sovie Russian from Smolensk region of Soviet Russia), younger sergeant Meliton Kantaria (Soviet Georgian from the town of Jvari of Sovie Georgia) commanded by lieutenant Alexey Berest (Soviet Ukrainian from Sumy region of Soviet Ukraine) that put the Banner of Victory upon Reichstag on April 30, 1945.

It was the climax of the war. It was a sacral moment for all Soviet people, and so it remains 70 years later. Those who touch it with dirty hands, lose our respect forever.

Tom Rob Smith, Richard Price, Daniel Espinosa, you are dumb fucks. I am satisfied Russian screens are blocked from your shit. The only thing I feel pity for is that your own people will eat it; not even knowing you shit them in heads. Though one more shitload to the image of an evil empire residing in your heads won't make any difference.

Yet even the Augean Stables could be cleaned out. I hope my blog is acting as a little spring of clean water that will finally help to clear the image.

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