Amanda Lerner
Articles by Amanda Lerner

Reinventing the Soviet Past: Actor Pavel Derevyanko’s “Positive Heroes”

In the series “Dark Side of the Moon” (2011-) and in the filmĀ “Salyut-7” (2017), historical and biographical truth take a backseat to the aesthetic and ideological needs of the present. What matters more are the hero’s personal values: Derevyanko, in both the film and the TV series, plays a man who understands Soviet values, puts country and duty above personal desires, and does not waver in the face of the impossible.

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