Cinema: Russian Without Tractors

Boy meets tractor. Boy loses tractor. Boy gets tractor. Such was the dreary, propagandists plot of most movies made in Stalin's Russia. Enter Comrade Khrushchev, followed by a babble of rumors that tractors were out, humanity was in, and a new generation of genius was about to restore the prestige enjoyed in the '20s by the Communist cinema. Last week, thanks to the recent U.S. -Soviet film-exchange agreement, two of the new Russian films could be seen in the U.S. Genius was not in evidence, but then neither were the tractors.

Swan Lake (Columbia), the less remarkable of the two, is a...

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