April 10th, 2015 by PRatt
April 19, 2015 @ 4:00 pm – 4:00 pm

(Russia, 2014) Written, produced and directed by Gabe Polsky. With: Vyacheslav Fetisov, Anatoly Tarasov, Viktor Tikhonov.

A great sports movie is always about more than the sport. In The Red Army, the great U.S.S.R. hockey team that lost in a surprising defeat to an American team of college students in 1980 is just the tip of the iceberg for an exciting story about Cold War politics, national pride, trading communism for the free market, and the comradery of the people who gave their all. Described as “a Russian novel of Tolstoyan sweep and Gogol-esque absurdity” by the New York Times, the documentary uses footage of the thrilling Soviet team, and interviews with U.S. and the Russian players, including charismatic defenseman Vyacheslav Fetisov, and coach Anatoly Tarasov, whose unorthodox tools included everything from chess to ballet. 85 min.

“There should be more Tarasovs, not just in hockey but in life.” – director Gabe Polsky.
A New York Times Critics Pick.


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