Over the past few years, anti-Western sentiment has spread through portions of Russian society. In fact, there’s currently a bill being debated that would ban foreign films that portray Russia or its citizens in a negative manner. Fortunately, that doesn’t mean the country has adopted a completely negative attitude toward Hollywood. In fact, the Ministry of Culture just released a list of movies it recommends all Russians watch, and it is filled with some of the greatest flicks Americans have ever produced.
Of the 100 entries chosen, a good percentage of them come from Hollywood, and many of them are exactly the ones you would expect. It’s A Wonderful Life, Titanic, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Star Wars, E.T. and The Wizard Of Oz. Others, however, you probably wouldn’t have guessed immediately. They include Bambi, Amadeus, Apocalypse Now and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
You can check out the full list, courtesy of Russia below…
I completely support this. The United States Government preserves films in the National Archive, but I think it would be awesome if they released a list every year with book, movie and television recommendations. They could mix both American works and foreign works together, and it could be an exciting, buzzed about event when the yearly lists were released.
Until then, I suppose we’ll just have to rely on Russia for recommendations. Just don’t expect From Russia With Love to appear anytime soon.
Enthusiastic about Clue, case-of-the-week mysteries, the NBA and cookies at Disney World. Less enthusiastic about the pricing structure of cable, loud noises and Tuesdays.
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