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Moscow On The Hudson Report

The film, Moscow On The Hudson, brings the viewers to the height of the Cold War, during World War II.In the beginning, the movie is set in communist Russia, but it soon advances to democratic America.The Russians thought poorly of Americans, and constantly referred to them as “whores with disease.”This film proves to Americans how fortunate they are to live in America, where freedom is not just an unapproachable dream, but is a way of life, a reality.
Vladimir, the main character, is a Russian, dwelling in the Soviet Union with his family, whichincludes his mother, father, sister, and grandfather who was a war hero in World War II.In the Soviet Union, Vladimir is a musician in the circus, and plays the saxophone.The circus that he is part of, visits New York.The government poses many restrictions on the group while in America, such as to stay away from the subways, Times Square, Rockefeller Center, and Greenwich Village.
In New York, the foreigners are in total awe.This was an entirely new experience to them.Some instances why this was completely stunning to them were they were able to get toilet paper, which was a luxury to them, practically anywhere, whereas in Russia, they may only receive toilet paper when they are told, and must wait on a line that stretches for blocks, also in New York they were able to go shopping, and buy designerwear by famous designers such as Calvin Kline. The main appeal of America, though, was freedom.
As the Russians receive their last taste of America and its freedom, byshopping at Bloomingdales, while Vladimir’s friend is too much of a coward to follow through, Vladimir defects in the department store, causing complete chaos.Vladimir’s decision to defect was an audacious one, knowing he would have to sacrificeseeing his family, grandfather, or girlfriend again, and not knowing a soul in America, take the risk to try to get by on his own, and if


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