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April 29, 2007 5:41 PM   Subscribe

The Maoist internationalist movement is youtubery at its best, feel free to see what should have been the actual stone roses video, stalin visits berlin,moloko bring it back. elsewhere, one becomes aware of the new order.
posted by sgt.serenity (19 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite

 
Anyone with half a clue about chinese art is welcome in this thread as i'm rather in the dark about the subject.
posted by sgt.serenity at 5:43 PM on April 29, 2007


'Stalin visits Berlin' is a masterpiece of post-WWII Soviet propaganda, and technical film making. Note the English speaker who exclaims "long live Stalin" is in prison garb (ie. Stalin freed the west from the tyranny of Hitler). More info in the sidebar description.
posted by stbalbach at 6:07 PM on April 29, 2007


The "Stalin" film must be dated after 1947 because it depicts in-flight photos of a Tu-4 "Bull", the Soviet clone of the B-29, a large four engine bomber which did not go into production until 1947, posing as the Leader's aircraft as it heads in under fighter escort. After landing, "Stalin" alights from a passenger aircraft which is not a Tu-4.
posted by rdone at 6:38 PM on April 29, 2007


The actor playing stalin seems to have had plastic surgery of sorts.
posted by sgt.serenity at 6:45 PM on April 29, 2007


ugh. that's some terrible editing and production.
posted by unmake at 6:53 PM on April 29, 2007


Upon careful review of the film, "Stalin" gets out of a twin engine passenger plane, apparently an Ilyushin IL-12, another postwar a/c.

It is darkly humorous that the film depicts the notoriously paranoid "Uncle Joe" as placidly addressing an excited rabble containing armed men!
posted by rdone at 6:56 PM on April 29, 2007


Anyone with half a clue about chinese art is welcome

I've got about a third of a clue, maybe. Is it the ballet scenes you're curious about? If so, I can tell you they're from The Red Detachment of Women.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 6:56 PM on April 29, 2007


so what is this? the stalin film is fascinating, but the MIM is what, precisely? and what on earth is the point of the stone roses video? i'm very confused.
posted by shmegegge at 7:32 PM on April 29, 2007


ugh. that's some terrible editing

From the sidebar: "shots never interrupted by any editorial cross-cutting or inter-cutting"

The "Stalin" film must be dated after 1947

From the sidebar: 1949.
posted by stbalbach at 7:43 PM on April 29, 2007


"When [Ding Ling] joined the Communists at Yanan, she landed in very hot water by writing essays criticizing Communist life, especially the exploitation of women. In her essay, "Thoughts on March 8", Women's Day, published in 1942, she exposed the gender inequalities at Mao's guerrilla headquarters."
The reality fell far, far short of the rhetoric for women in Maoist China. There is a case to be made that there was progress, but the promise was pretty much betrayed.
posted by Abiezer at 7:50 PM on April 29, 2007


- Ilyosha!
"Natasha!"
posted by growabrain at 8:05 PM on April 29, 2007


"shots never interrupted by any editorial cross-cutting or inter-cutting" I was referring to the second and fourth links.
posted by unmake at 8:45 PM on April 29, 2007


previously (and don't miss their film reviews!)
posted by serazin at 8:45 PM on April 29, 2007


There is no point to the Stone Roses video, nor to anything else the group has done after about 1991.
posted by mds35 at 8:45 PM on April 29, 2007


I love that the Moloko* video has subtitles added by someone who clearly doesn't actually know much russian.

* This isn't them, is it? Isn't Moloko from the UK?
posted by kickingtheground at 10:08 PM on April 29, 2007


Man, MIM is really crazy. Every once in a while, their news rag will appear in the student union in Madison. My favorite memory was the two-page long "movie review" of one of the new Star Wars movies. The review (in the paper) ended with "read the rest online!" Incidentally, it's here, in all its rambling glory.
posted by wandering steve at 10:32 PM on April 29, 2007


the stalin film is fascinating, but the MIM is what, precisely?

Roughly speaking, the MIM is one of the few surviving groups from the "New Communist Movement" of the '70s. (The other, the Revolutionary Communist Party, is a hyperactive cult around an old '60s radical named Bob Avakian.) MIM is a weird, paranoid group with a tiny handful of members, but its web presence is (unintentional) comic gold.
posted by graymouser at 3:35 AM on April 30, 2007


Ah, graymouser, you've touched a nostalgic chord for me. I remember walking around Washington, DC as a kid in the seventies and early eighties, seeing grafitti spraypainted on walls here and there reading "FREE BOB AVAKIAN!"

I always wondered why Bob Avakian was in jail, and was surprised to learn that he wasn't yet, but he soon would be, on charges of painting "FREE BOB AVAKIAN!" all over the place.
posted by breezeway at 8:49 AM on April 30, 2007


No, breezeway, you missed the point: they can't sell him, so they're giving him away.

To everyone according to his needs, y'know.
posted by nasreddin at 6:33 PM on April 30, 2007


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