RED ARMY (2014) by Gabe Polsky
“The cold war on ice”
An extraordinary and vibrant documentary which revises the legend that the ice hockey team of the Soviet Union in the 80’S wrote, popularly known as “Red Army”.
A work of art that is able to cause both interest and excitement as any fiction film of good quality, with the addition of an interesting socio-political portrait describing what was the USSR in the years of the Cold War and the beginning of perestroika.
With the help of one the most successful athletes in those years, Slava Fetisov, it does not only recalls the feats that he achieved with his teammates, but gets the viewers into the intra history of this team. This documentary shows the stiffness of the military structures of the country that controlled every detail of physical education and preparation of those who should represent the country in international competitions, regarded as an exponent of an exemplary successful communist state and
The martial preparation that these players were subjected to seems almost bloodcurdling to us. This is combined precisely with the testimonies of personal avatars, sometimes marked by highly emotional dramatic circumstances.
The succession of successes and championships takes place onscreen, the images of the matches rightly balanced, emphasizing the masterful way to get on the icerink of these “stick” magicians with the events that were occuring in Eastern Europe and openness to the West, which marked the professional future of the protagonists, contrasting their human side and their own experiences to the tight structures of a system that eventually fell under its own weight.
The final part brings us to the characters today, which is not exempt of sensitivity or naturalness when they are on camera.
A highly recommended film which shows a great job of research and documentation, but unfortunately hits screens at a time where there is lots of competition.
Traducido por: Carlota Sánchez García