Yes. I've always wanted see all of this again. (David Cook mentions it in
a footnote of his textbook). What I remember is Lenin laughing very hard
at Chaplin films and saying that this little man represents the working
class suberting the ruling class etc etc.
In the HBO Stalin production, Josef and daughter retreat to private
screenings of Chaplin as well. And of course Eisenstein spent time with
CC in Hollywood....but I don't guess Lenin or STalin made it into the
CHAPLIN biopic now in release?? (Haven't seen it to know.)
On Wed, 3 Feb 1993 [log in to unmask] wrote:
> >Considering that even Eisenstein studied D.W. Grifffith, I'd say
> >it's safe to say Hollywood has influenced Russian production.
> A British production called "Comrades" dramatizes the systematic
> viewing of American cinema by Lenin & his tovarisches, in search
> of useful agitprop techniques. It was shown about a dozen years
> ago on PBS, and I haven't seen it since.
> At one point, after watching a bunch of uninspiring stuff, they sit
> down and onto the screen comes the strike scene from INTOLERANCE.
> Lenin leaps to his feet -- in the light of the projector beam, of
> course -- and shouts something to the effect of "By Jove, I think
> we've got it!!"