What was Stalin’s favorite Hollywood movie?

| David Lewis | Art & Entertainment

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That would be ‘Grapes of Wrath’… or at least was, until it backfired on him, massively!

The movie is considered a socialist manifesto. It describes and criticizes the USA’s capitalism during the Great Depression and highlights its injustice. 

Therefore, it made perfect sense when the USSR’s Communist government decided to screen it, as part of its inner-state propaganda against the west during the cold war. The film was even personally endorsed by Joseph Stalin, who was Secretary-General of the USSR at the time.

However, Stalin and his comrades failed to take into account one important detail. At that time, in the Communist Soviet Union, only a few had a private car, in most cases thanks to government nepotism and corruption. In contrast, the movie shows that even during the Great Depression – that is to say the worst economic situation ever created by capitalism – the poorest  American families at least owned a car. 

As a result, and contrary to the Communist Party’s intent, the Russian spectators rather than internalizing the idea of communist supremacy, marveled at the quality of life that capitalism offered its citizens.

Within a few weeks, the movie pulled out of cinemas and was put on the blacklist.

The Jades in Grapes of Wrath (1940)
The Jades in Grapes of Wrath (1940)

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And if you want to know more about Grapes of Wrath, here is more:

Grapes of Wrath is the story of the Great Depression in the USA in the 1930s, and especially of farmers who cultivated lands they didn’t own for years, built their homes on it, grew and sold crops, and paid the landowners their share. 

When the Depression came, the banks sent evacuation and demolition orders to the settlers, tractors came and demolished their homes and plowed their fields. Entire families,  set off in dilapidated, overcrowded cars, seeking their fortune in California, imagined as a land of wealth.

It is the story of three generations of the Joad family. The grandparents who have difficulty understanding the fate that drives them off the ground, who have conquered their efforts, valor, and sacrifice. The Father and mother Joad who try to keep the family united and the children, each with his oddity. 

The group is also joined by Uncle John and a former preacher, who has lost his faith and faith.

The Joads move from one refugee camp to another, from of grueling labor in fruit plantations to exploitation in the cotton fields. Always in a desperate attempt to sustain their lives, and earn enough food and fuel to continue on the road and reach in California – the land of dreams.

No one shows any compassion to the Joads and their likes. knowing that new desperados and their starving children area in abundance – they offer hard work for nickels and dimes.

And if you want to know more about Grapes of Wrath, here is more:

Grapes of Wrath is the story of the Great Depression in the USA in the 1930s, and especially of farmers who cultivated lands they didn’t own for years, built their homes on it, grew and sold crops, and paid the landowners their share. 

When the Depression came, the banks sent evacuation and demolition orders to the settlers, tractors came and demolished their homes and plowed their fields. Entire families,  set off in dilapidated, overcrowded cars, seeking their fortune in California, imagined as a land of wealth.

It is the story of three generations of the Joad family. The grandparents who have difficulty understanding the fate that drives them off the ground, who have conquered their efforts, valor, and sacrifice. The Father and mother Joad who try to keep the family united and the children, each with his oddity. 

The group is also joined by Uncle John and a former preacher, who has lost his faith and faith.

The Joads move from one refugee camp to another, from of grueling labor in fruit plantations to exploitation in the cotton fields. Always in a desperate attempt to sustain their lives, and earn enough food and fuel to continue on the road and reach in California – the land of dreams.

No one shows any compassion to the Joads and their likes. knowing that new desperados and their starving children area in abundance – they offer hard work for nickels and dimes.