Cinema: Polyglut

Art may be a universal language, but moviegoers who hope to cope with movies on the current U.S. market will also do well to study subtitlese. Foreign films are flooding in, and not everyone understands British, let alone German, French, Italian, Russian—and Art.

The Gordeyev Family (Artkino), a Russian export amplified from a novel (Foma Gordeyev) by Maxim Gorky, is a visual experience that roars across the screen with the rage and razmakh of a flash fire on the steppes. Unfortunately it is also a piece of Marxist propaganda that suggests Premier Khrushchev...

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