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ISSN 1409-6900 | UDK 82+7     Blesok no. 29 | volume V | November-December, 2002



                     Peer-reviewed journal
Blesok no. 29November-December, 2002
Gallery Reviews

The “Bolsheviks and Mensheviks” – Of The Future

On the film Minority Report; directed by: Steven Spielberg; cast: Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton, Max Von Sidow

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Stojan Sinadinov

The successful realization of the revolutionary-militant takeover of the government power in Imperial Russia in 1917, with the attack on the Winter Castle in Sanct Petersburg, brought a many-century-lasting dilemma for the democracy in whole. Namely, since then, the term “bolshevism” stands as a synonym of the non-democratic and autocratic rule, regardless the fact that, at the beginning it stood as a “Dictatorship of the Proletariat”, and then as a “Stalinism” etc. Within the division of the (revolutionary) “orthodox-bolsheviks” and the “losers-mensheviks, as much the ideological view of the history can be seen, that much the facts can be observed, also – regardless how much one would like to see: the “Bolshevism” in the Russian terminology means majority; and, the “Menshevism” means minority. According to any democratic political “mathematics”, that was the victory of the majority over the minority, in – more or less – democratic way. But, what can one do: the democracy is a collision of many different groups of interests…
    This introduction, especially for the younger film and reader audience, most probably is highly vague, and at the edge of wastefulness. Therefore, not to widen the story further, we can “cut it short” in many ways: like in the spirit of the oral wisdom – like: it’s not gold everything that shines – etc. But, in this review of the newest Steven Spielberg film Minority Report, that political sub-text pictures a whole “ideology” within the American Cinema, based on the principle of the individual’s fight against the system, today popularly put into the maxim “alone-against-the-television” as a verbal joke for any utopia endeavor in the society.

So, this introduction isn’t just one of the numerous “philosophical” or “getting-wise” tricks of the film critics: it’s inspired by the essential “political” background of this film’s title. The Minority Report, and not only from the perspective of the average Balkan political view, at first associates on some classical political story. Then, with the exposition of the well-known SF-discourse, based upon the works of Philip K. Dick, and in spite of the glomming of the initial intention, the critic (most probably) would be right to proclaim Spielberg’s Minority Report as a political film – par exellance. That’s nothing new: once you “scratch off” the entire computer animation in – for instance – the Star Wars: The Attack of the Clones, by George Lukas’, who together with Spielberg make the Hollywood’s “yin-yang”

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