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A projection of Moscow's mindset
Asia Times ^ | 06/28/2013 | Dmitry Shlapentokh

Posted on 06/30/2013 7:02:40 PM PDT by TexGrill

Russia's relations with the Asian people, as projected in recent movies, provides important insight not just about Russian domestic but also foreign policy, including Moscow's view of the current conflicts in the Middle East.

Since the end of Vladimir Putin's first term as president, the Russian movie industry has produced several historical movies on Asia and Russia's relations with the Asian people. Most have had broad public responses, indicated by heated debates in cyberspace.

A movie about Genghis Khan, Mongol, created in 2007 and directed by Sergei Bodrov, was one of the most prominent. It

dwelt on Khan's extraordinary life, rising from an unknown man, even a slave at certain times of his early life, to became the creator of a huge empire.

His extraordinary brutality, even by the criteria of his time, was overlooked, as well as Khan's descendents' conquest of Russia. The emphasis was on Khan's vitality, energy, talent and extraordinary will. In the movie, the East has positive implications whereas the West has a negative image.

In 2008, on the eve of Putin's passing his presidential scepter to Dmitry Medvedev (at least formally), a new movie, The Fall of an Empire - the Lesson of Byzantium, created by Archimandrite Tikhon, allegedly Putin's confessor, was shown on the official government TV channel, indicating its paramount ideological importance.

The movie dealt with history and the end of the Byzantine Empire, clearly identified here with Russia. While having a lot of similarities in its overall ideological framework with that of Mongol, Tikhon's movie has much less pleasing images of the East than Bogrov's work. The movie has decidedly anti-Western overtones.

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1 posted on 06/30/2013 7:02:40 PM PDT by TexGrill
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To: TexGrill

The Fall of an Empire - the Lesson of Byzantium:

Mongol film - but in French!

2 posted on 06/30/2013 7:26:55 PM PDT by vladimir998
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