Gabe Polsky's moving and incisive documentary looks back at the heyday of Soviet ice hockey and its role in projecting an image of national strength during the Cold War.
Black-and-white film clips and expert testimonials establish at the outset that the Red Army team was conceived in the 1950s as an extension of the Soviet propaganda machine, intended to glorify communism on a global scale. A star on the ice and one of the most revered hockey players of all time, the now 56-year-old Fetisov is no less magnetic as the center of Polsky’s film, guiding us through the ups and downs of this massively successful and closely guarded Soviet enterprise.
From there, the film becomes a stirring, often infuriating tale of personal dreams clashing with political imperatives, and Fetisov’s struggle is cast in heroic terms as he recalls being ostracized by friends and beaten by authorities, and even losing his best friend, Kasatonov, as a result of his decision to defect. Kazakh TV talking head Borat is dispatched to the United States to report on the greatest country in the world. Test your knowledge of Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. But they learned the hard way that Soviet officials were not willing to relinquish their star players without a fight, despite the superficial appearance of increased openness and flexibility during the glasnost era. The sparingly deployed hockey footage is more illustrative than dramatic, the game coming across as secondary here to those who played it, and played it well. It was a winning strategy, insofar as the Soviets proved virtually unbeatable from 1954-91, with the exception of their shocking, humiliating loss to a team of American college players at the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid (and earlier, with less fanfare, at the 1960 Games in Squaw Valley).


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Given that there are no fewer than 34 Russian players in the NHL, including superstars like Alexander Ovechkin and Pavel Datsyuk, Western audiences may well read the film as an uplifting narrative of communist forces ultimately ceding to, and indeed strengthening, their capitalist foes. 70 years later she died, one of the most talented and provocative entertainers of all time, but with a different name entirely. Maximalist Camping in the Western CascadesOn a rainy weekend in the Western Cascades, it's a necessary luxury to be full, dry and warm.
This year's list is made up of 24 "geniuses" leading the charge in their respective fields. How to Wax Your Skis and SnowboardMiyagi had it right.10 Best Motorcycles for Getting Around the CityBikes built for the concrete jungle. In the wake of defeat, coach Viktor Tikhonov — a harsh, despot-like KGB appointee for whom none of the athletes interviewed can spare a kind word — completely overhauled the team, firing many veterans and installing defenseman Slava Fetisov as its youngest-ever captain. Latest StoriesGreat Blades10 Knives that Match Good Looks with PerformanceFrom Helle to William Henry, these blades are worth keeping around for generations. But as the film makes evident, Simone’s music was only a fraction of her dynamic, ever-fascinating personality.


Blending insightful interviews and fine archival footage over the course of a swift, absorbing 85 minutes, the Sony Classics acquisition should skate deftly through theaters en route to a rich smallscreen career.
The question was never whether Liz Garbus could paint a compelling portrait of the late artist. On another, it’s the story of how the brave migration of a few athletes opened the door for many more to follow suit, flooding the ranks of the NHL with Soviet talent including Larionov (who joined the Red Wings) and Makarov (Calgary Flames).
The athletes interviewed here make for excellent company throughout, running the emotional gamut from boisterous to quietly reflective as they reminisce about their personal journeys, but always warm and revealing.
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