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RUSSIA AND FILM As most other things in Russia the film industry was heavily regulated by the government This meant that movies produced were not to put a poor light on the Russian way of things This can be seen clearly in Russian war movies For Russia as most countries there are two types of war movies The first type of movie is made during the war that it is about This type commonly puts a good face on the war Its main purpose is to put the people on the home front at ease by showing them that the war is going well It can also be used to show model citizens and how they would act in a war time situation The second type of movie is made well after the war a few years to a decade or two later In this type of movie the viewer gets a more realistic view of the war It is usually shows the bad points of the war and how if affected those involved In Russia it was no different except that with government regulations came heavy censorship This meant that nothing that made the Soviet Union look bad in any way would be released So few if any of the post-war movies were released until the late 80s or after In any country the movies made during a war have a specific goal or message That goal or message almost always relays how powerful a leader or country is For example in Ivan the Terrible part 1 Eisentein 1943 45 the purpose was to glorify the historical Russian character of Ivan the Terrible This was done to compare Ivan the Terrible to Stalin They were both powerful men at the head of the Russian State who fought to keep the country safe from outsiders In the movie they even used the Germans as an enemy of Ivan just as the Nazis were the real
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