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Russian Cinema - War Within Cinema.

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Stephen Warwick Russian Cinema Spring '03 775794 War Within Cinema The topic of war is widely debated at this moment in time as the US and Britain along with other allies is currently deploying troops to the Middle East with the prospect of War against Iraq seeming increasingly imminent. War, in its various forms has been taking place for as long as civilization has existed and never fails to provide controversy amongst people. The question at present as to should we attack Iraq for failing to comply to regulations imposed from the Gulf War I know, has caused many people where I live (England) to rally against Tony Blair's decision to back up the US. Mr. Blair has been having a difficult time lately trying to swing the public's opinion in favor of going to war. I too am having difficulty coming to terms with the idea of once again being at War as the affects of such can be catastrophic, as we have already learned throughout history.


I was at a weight-training workout for the soccer team when someone came in saying to turn the TV on. When we turned it on, I can distinctly remember what was going through my mind. I was baffled. What was going on, did this disaster really occur? The rest of the day, I sat in front of the television in dismay. The events depicted in this film make me assume that the day Stalin died is a day identical to the ones I spoke of earlier. This great and powerful man had so much influence over so many people of the world at this time; his death must be categorized similar to these other huge events. Although I was not around to verify it, I imagine people spoke of Russia at this time, as before and after Stalin's death, exemplifying what an impact he had on a nation. Just as these other dates spoken of above, the day Stalin died will forever be remembered throughout history, for the people involved, as a day of confusion and anguish.


The soldier soon pretends to be crazy also to flee the trouble. I believe that War provides great storylines for movies and can be a way of remembering those who sacrificed their lives fighting for their beliefs and in that way it's a good thing. However, I stand by my belief that it must be at a last resort and something that must only happen if all peaceful resolutions fail to bring the necessary results. I fear this is where we are headed against Iraq. War affects so much and so many that it is a deadly thing. Economically too we all suffer but in order to make this world a safe place to live in we will continue to come up against obstacles that jeopardize innocent lives and so leave no other option than to strike up against those that put us at risk. Our thoughts go out to those in the front line whose job it is to protect us back home but by placing themselves in danger in doing so. It is these brave souls that must be thought about when engaging in War. 1 Warwick, Stephen

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