Erase and rewind

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November 9, 2017 by AK

The BBC reports:

US actor Kevin Spacey is to be erased from a completed Hollywood film following the allegations of predatory sexual behaviour against him.

“Erased.” The Guardian settles on “cut out.” Incidentally, retroactive film editing in the Soviet block peaked after Stalin’s death, when the Communist leaders decided that the best way to deal with the “personality cult” was to pretend the great leader either hadn’t been particularly important or hadn’t existed at all.

For one, Stalin got excised from Mikhail Romm’s dilogy, Lenin in October and Lenin in 1918 (1937-39), both foundational to the Lenin myth. It wasn’t easy, but nothing is: “Mikhail Romm revised his Lenin in October (1937) by blocking Stalin out with Wellesian foreground elements, such as a head or an elbow.”


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