Pssst, want to check out Red Army in our new look?
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Red Army is a documentary about the nearly unbeatable Soviet hockey team from the 70s and 80s, mostly told through interviews with team captain (and now Minister of Sport in Putin's Russia) Slava Fetisov, whose mastery of English and central role made him a natural subject. The Soviet hockey program, a mix of chess, ballet and hard man competition, produced incredible players, which we track from the program's inception to the USSR's dissolution, then follow to the NHL and back again. Good hockey stories, but also its connection to the Cold War, and documentary maker Gabe Polsky has no fear when it comes to using outtakes as part of his footage, using them to highlight the fear under which many of these men still live, or Fetisov's enormous ego and by extension, Russian attitudes towards themselves and the West. You can't really ever escape politics even when the topic is sports, not in this context, which gives the film a greater and more relevant scope.
"Victor Tikhonov declined to be interviewed for this film"
We all know why. :)
to see which of your friends have seen this movie!