Wednesday, November 08, 2006

SOVIET PROPAGANDA FILMS

Soviet Propaganda Films
From Stalin's Animation Factories Released
Shocking, Beautiful, Anti-American Collection
Never Before Seen in the West

Soviet propaganda films, some over 80 years old, will be released to the U.S. for the first time on November 7, 2006, in coordination with the 89th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution. Films by Jove, the major distribution company for Russian animation, has packaged the Soviet propaganda films in a series on DVD which they will distribute with Kino International.

The eight-hour series, issued as a DVD 4-pack, will retail for $89. The series is based on more than four dozen rarely seen anti-American, anti-German, anti-British, anti-Japanese, anti-Capitalist, anti-Imperialist pro-Communist animated shorts produced by the Soviets from 1924-1984.

This is a groundbreaking collection for both the unique insight it provides into the Soviet propaganda machine that was operating all those years, as well as the opportunity to appreciate truly beautiful, although sometimes disturbing, films by brilliant and creative undiscovered filmmakers, said Joan Borsten, President of Films by Jove and producer of the series.

The series is divided into four categories:

  • American Imperialists
  • Fascist Barbarians
  • Capitalist Sharks
  • Onward to the Shining Soviet Future: Communism

Lenin considered cinema the most important art for promoting the Bolshevik party line. The stereotypes of capitalists and imperialists, developed by animation collectives in the mid 20s, were still being used in the 70s and 80s, said Borsten.

Films by Jove acquired worldwide distribution rights to much of the Soyuzmultfilm Studio library in 1992, and since then has digitally restored approximately 50 hours of film. The series include: Fairy Tales from Far Off Lands: The Animated Classic Showcase, Mikhail Baryshnikovs Stories from My Childhood, The Jungle Book, Masters of Russian Animation, The Adventures of Cheburashka & Friends, Mythology of Greece and Animated Soviet Propaganda.

A fact sheet and additional information are available by contacting Joel Parker, JParkerPR@sbcglobal.net, 818-990-2252.

5 comments:

Mr. Legs said...

Awesome Post!

American Imperialists, Capitolist Sharks, and Fascist Barbarians!

Can't wait to see them!

maker said...

YEA!!! America sucks!!! F'n Corperate pigs!!!!Long love Communism!!!!!!!! -oh wait,...I'm sounding like a liberal californian...(hehe-sorry couldn't resist)

Nah ,.but I would like to see them just for the artwork and animation.

Jim said...

Nice one, Maker.
But you sound like a REPUBLICAN trying to demonize liberal Californians. But its ok.

Don't let them fool you. Liberals love America just as much as Conservatives.

maker said...

none of them love it as much as i do....(smiley face)

-except mabey Steven Colbert

Jim said...

NOBODY loves America as much as Colbert!!

COLBERT IN '08!!!
:)