Posted 14 August 2001 - 11:12 AM
Posted 14 August 2001 - 11:42 AM
Posted 14 August 2001 - 11:12 PM
The program made the point that Stalin allowed the ballet to flourish because he recognized its appeal to the Soviet masses, both the educated and the uneducated. He used the ballet to advance the party line and to reward the party faithful. While the film industry in the forties certainly supported the war effort, there is no equivalent use of an art form in our history. We're all fortunate that Stalin saw value in ballet. The program made it clear he could have snuffed it out of existence with a wave of his murderous hand.
Posted 15 August 2001 - 02:17 PM
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