Cinema: Triple-Threat Travelogue

Cinerama's Russian Adventure. "Who are the Russians? What is Russia? We couldn't possibly supply answers to these questions, but we're going to have a lot of fun trying," drawls Narrator Bing Crosby, fingering a balalaika. Bing thus introduces this Russian-made travel triptych, a cultural exchange import aquiver with evidence that the Soviets lack Cinerama's skill at matching seams. In Kinopanorama—an equivalent three-screen process—cities, rivers, mountains and ice floes all hump up at the center and slope away precipitously.

Otherwise, Russian Adventure ignores the seamy side of life east of Berlin's Wall. The pace...

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