Soviet Union Artful Candor: Fresh looks at Stalin

Fresh looks at Stalin

One of the hallmarks of Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev's regime has been its emphasis on glasnost, an officially sanctioned openness about Soviet society's shortcomings and difficulties. Now glasnost has spread to the realm of culture, where a renewed atmosphere of artistic freedom has allowed the appearance of controversial works, especially those dealing with the long- suppressed Stalin era.

Last week Soviet citizens saw stirring evidence of the new cultural freedom. A recently released film, Repentance, by Director Tengiz Abuladze, was screened for select audiences in Moscow and Tbilisi. Blending fact and fantasy, the film conveys the message that the Soviet Union...

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