In this season of the Oscar I’d like to take a moment to posit an important question and to share the burden of a curious mind.
The link takes you to an article from 2003: “Hollywood’s Missing Films”. For the past several months, off and on, I’ve been rooting around the internets looking for Hollywood-made films about life under communism. One would think that since the Fall of the Wall that an enterprising producer, director or writer would have cashed-in on the availability of first-person accounts of life under Stalin.
There have been plenty of fantasy films about the destruction of the U.S. (many with space aliens), but where are the fact-based films about the real destruction of Russia and China under their Communist dictators?
HBO did a tee vee movie, “Stalin” (Robert Duvall) and PBS made a series “Communism: The Promise and Reality” (you can view both on YT), but Hollywood has been silent about the greatest man-made tragedies of the 20th century. Beyond the easy quips about Hollywood being Communist itself, I’d like to know why the greatest story telling machine on earth refuses to take on the subject of human misery on a scale as vast as life under Communism. Perhaps because the subject doesn’t lend itself to Grammy-winning songs?
I think there is an Oscar-winning portrayal of an ardent Stalinist who lost two Stalin-loving husbands to the paranoid dictator’s hit men. I think the woman is still alive. Wouldn’t she become as much a household name as Oskar Schindler?
What say you?