Monday, April 2, 2012
Let them eat corn!
While he didn't quite express it that way, Khrushchev's grand plan to make corn the official grain of the Soviet Union became the brunt of many jokes, and served as one of the many gags in Elem Klimov's debut feature film, Welcome, or No Trespassing (1964) in which he turns a pioneer camp into a satirical parable of the Soviet Union. Fortunately for Klimov, Khrushchev missed the many ribald references. As you can see from this clip, Klimov exhibits many of the hallmarks that would make him one of the great film directors behind the iron curtain, although he wouldn't be allowed to let loose until 1985 when he created the haunting Come and See, a surrealistic vision of World War II.
Here's the film in its entirety. Sorry, no subs.