Aug 012009

I’ve uploaded my first YouTube video — a scene from Kin-Dza-Dza. The ruckus between police Sgt. James Crowley and Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. reminded me of this scene.

There has been talk about how it’s important to be polite and respectful to police. If you mouth off, they might arrest you for disorderly conduct. In the movie, the people on Planet Pluke, whether Chatlanian or Patsaki, are respectful to the police, who are corrupt and expect bribes and who also expect the visible signs of respect you see at 00:45.

But then Uncle Vova blows up at them and demands that they do their duty. And instead of arresting him for disorderly conduct, the police officer backs down.

I have a vague recollection that there are other Russian films, including others from the Soviet days, in which citizens get angry at police officers and criticize their conduct, demanding that they do their assigned duties. I can’t remember just where I saw them, but I do remember being surprised that people in a police state would talk to the police this way. Of course, there are many other films in which people are afraid of the police.


  • John
    In turn, I am often surprised your replies and comments to Russian films (as well as I enjoy your posts). Of course, your reples are always very interesting, but very short to my understanding of your view on details. Sometimes, I can’t form an understanding of whether you say seriosly or not.

    Speaking in whole, I think the main paradox is in very fundamentalist view on Russian life of Soviet time. What do you mean, speaking “police state”? In what degree? Whether was USSR of 1980s “Evil Empire”? etc.

    …Every time when I’m reading your blog, I do think that it would be wornderful, if American neoconservative politicans saw Russian movies 😉

    sorry, if I was a bit abrupt
    but, actually – I’d like to read more detail and long the post in your blogs.