Russian Minister Thinks Iron Man Moviegoers Have Nothing Left in Their Hearts, Minds, and Souls

Friday, 13 November 2015 - 10:02AM
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Friday, 13 November 2015 - 10:02AM
Russian Minister Thinks Iron Man Moviegoers Have Nothing Left in Their Hearts, Minds, and Souls
Russia is increasing their governmental support for children's movies, but apparently ones with very different values from American children's movies. Russian MInister of Culture Vladimir Medinsky announced today that the government wants to be in the children's movie business, and inexplicably threw shade at Iron Man in the process:

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"Good movies are always in demand. The viewer for our movies is a hundred times more important for us than the one who goes to see 'Iron Man,' because he has something left in his heart, mind and soul," he said at the children's film festival Radiant Angel (via THR).
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As funny as this is, it doesn't come as too much of a surprise. Medinsky is known for his ultra-conservative and nationalistic views, becoming well-known for his outbursts against Western culture, modern art, and homosexuality. He has called for a tax of Hollywood movies in Russia and government subsidizing of local productions, but only if they portray the country in a positive light. He criticized the Oscar-nomination Russian film Leviathan for "a spirit of despair and the pointlessness of our existence," and his administration requires any film applying for state funding to demonstrate themes of "inspirational success" or "depictions of military glory."

The culture ministry also recently pulled the acclaimed Gary Oldman and Tom Hardy thriller Child 44, which depicts a Soviet serial killer, for "historical inaccuracy," although many accused the administration of banning it for "ideological incorrectness."
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