Soviet Union: Old Man Dnieper

Mark Twain, Moscow-style

Tom Sawyer's carrot-colored hair peeked out from under a floppy fishing hat, and his bare feet dragged in the muddy water as he and Huck Finn floated lazily down the river on a makeshift wooden raft. Nothing could have been more American—only the river was not the Mississippi; it was the Dnieper. And the actor playing Tom Sawyer was freckle-faced Fedya Stukov, 9, from Moscow.

Despite the cooling of detente and the fading of cultural exchanges between the two superpowers, the Soviets have created a three-hour, three-part television production of Mark Twain's classic The Adventures of Tom Sawyer...

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