Red Army

Gabe Polsky
 
Cultures clash on and off the ice in Gabe Polsky’s documentary about the Soviet Union’s dominance of ice hockey during the cold war, and its former stars’ place in modern Russia.
 
The Red Army ice hockey team were the Soviet Union’s proof that socialism worked. They played as a collective. No one player was the star, instead they scored goals communally, pushing the puck around their team before shooting with power and deadly accuracy.
 
Hockey was propaganda.
 
Henry Barnes / The Guardian
 
 
On one level, Red Army is a potent study of an unusually incestuous link between sports and politics, and the enormous personal toll it exacted from players forced to serve multiple masters. On another, it’s the story of how the brave migration of a few athletes opened the door for many more to follow suit, flooding the ranks of the NHL with Soviet talent. But the strength of Red Army lies in its deep appreciation for the many ironies of the situation, the bone-deep complexities of national identity, and the fact that, on some level, home will always be home.
 
Justin Chang / Variety
 
 
A man with prodigious pride and no shortage of ego, Fetisov is also an enjoyably combative interview, shrugging off Polsky’s questions with deadpan humor and sly sarcasm.
 
Stephen Dalton / The Hollywood Reporter
 
 

USA/Russia 2014. Edge Entertainment
 
Käsikirjoitus/Script: Gabe Polsky * Kuvaus/DOP: Svetlana Cvetko, Peter Zeitlinger * Leikkaus/Editor: Eli Despres, Kurt Engfehr * DCP source: Edge Entertainment * Kieli/Language: English, Russian, subtitles in English * Kesto/Duration: 85 min * Ikäraja/Age limit: 7
 
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