The Reds Are Coming, Says Indiana Jones!

The latest episode in the ongoing saga of Indiana Jones has upset leaders of Russia’s Communist Party who describe ‘Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” as nothing more than cheap anti-Soviet propaganda which distorts history and should be banned in Russia. The film is set in 1957 where Indie confronts an evil KGB agent played by Cate Blanchett and they fight over a skull with mystic powers that can change the course of human destiny. Naturally, communists are the bad guys and Americans represent all that is good in the world.

Viktor Perov, a Communist Party member, bitterly commented:”What galls is how, together with America, we defeated Hitler, and how we sypmpathized wthen Bin Laden hit them. But, they go ahead and scare kids wtih communists. These people have no shame.” Sergei Malinkovich who heads the St. Petersburg Communist Party, is upset because young people “will go to the cinema and will be sure that in 1957, we made trouble for the United States and almost started a a nuclear war. Rubbish.”

Unfortunately, World War II, if it is taught, is taught poorly, and only represents the view of one nation about what happened. The youth of today are essentially ahistorical and have scant interest in anything other than what is currently operating and how it impacts their lives. I doubt if many young Americans have a clue about communists and as far as they are concerned, 1957 is some time shortly after the Middle Ages.

  • Pravda

    How would you like it if someone made a movie which shows your relatives slaughtering American soldiers? That’s exactly what the Director of the Jones movie did. The communists repressed the Jews in Russia. Hollywood now choses to use a vicious lie in the Jones movie to punish them. Very dangerous politics to use American movie to make hate propaganda. Nazis-like behavior will not be tolerated. Especially not in Hollywood.

  • Andrew

    Pravda, I’m an American, and I saw “Letters from Iwo Jima” directed by Clint Eastwood. It depicted the Japanese fighting and killing Americans, and I loved this movie, because of it’s accurate portrayal of history. As for the Indiana Jones film, actually, if you studied history, in 1957 America, the communists were considered to be the “bad guys”, so I think the setting of this movie is very accurate and appropriate. Every movie needs a hero and a villan. Modern day communists should sit back, relax, and enjoy the movie. IT’S JUST A MOVIE!!!

  • Fred Stopsky

    I agree, it is just a movie. But, how about at least one American movie which portrays an accurate version o World War II in which the role of the Soviet Union is present? Heck, most US movies don’t even present the British role.

  • walter77777

    Oy gevalt! We do forget easily! In this case we forget the non-agression pact that Hitler (Y’makh sh’mo v’zikroh!)* and Stalin (Y’makh sh’mo!)** signed to permit the Germans to start WWII.

    The Commies have damned little to be proud of in the Soviet relationship with Germany before WWII.


    *Blot out his name and memory! –Hebrew curse.

    ** Blot out his name! — Hebrew curse.