ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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From Cannes with Repentance

From Cannes with Repentance? GPD Western criticism of the Soviet film 'Pokayaniye' brings out how Gorbachev has caused confusion among all intellectuals whose passport to respectability in the west was the continuation of a Stalinist system in the Soviet Union, WHAT do you do when the Cannes Jury awards the Special Grand Prize to a Georgian director Tengiz Abuladze for his film 'Pokayaniye' (Repentance) and the International Herald Tribune attacks the decision? Film critics Mark Hunter and Lise Bloch-Morhange, writing in the IHT, commented gravely that the Cannes Jury "appeared to give way to the commercial and publicity pressures of Sovexportfilm, the Soviet film marketing organisation". The distinguished film critics of the IHT thought that the excitement over the film was not altogether difficult to explain. They went on to say, "aside from the Soviet commercial effort, the answer lies in the effect of media interest in Abuladze as an avatara of the new Soviet regime. In part this interest is the fascination with hidden treasure: when Gorbachev initiated his 'glasnost' campaign, no less than 26 films

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