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28Dec/100

Hey, Sophie!

Below is the (unintentionally) romantically-titled "Shadows on the Sidewalk" ("Тени на тротуарах"/"Tenyi na Tratuarakh") It is a beautifully shot Soviet social hygiene film about the lures and depravities of rock and roll culture.

While more-or-less indistinct from American social hygiene films of the same nature, the Soviet-ness bursts forth in its moments. State disapproved rock music, for instance, is distributed through dubbed x-ray plates, which serve as makeshift records. And the culture spawned by these bootlegs? Well, it takes away valuable time young Soviets could be using to develop state infrastructure and comradeship within factories.

   

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