"Butcher of the Ukraine"
Unlike the child revolutionaries of Bezhin Meadow, the children were the first to starve to death during Holodomor. Cannibalism was also prevalent and it was not unheard of for children to go “missing.” Ukrainian born Russian serial killer Andrei Chikatilo’s older brother was supposedly eaten by his starving neighbors. Despite being one of the most horrific events of human history, the average American has never heard about this event or the killers that executed it. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that the killers were Jewish and to admit this even happened would be deemed as anti-Semitic. Despite contemporary claims that the Soviet Union was “anti-Semitic,” Jews were overrepresented in the Soviet leadership. After the famine, Jewish Yiddish culture thrived in the Ukraine whereas the Kulaks were all but destroyed. Lazar Kaganovich even admitted that Holodomor was payback for centuries of “Ukrainian Anti-Semitism.”
Bezhin Meadow is now forever lost in it’s complete form. The film now only exists in a “silent film-cum-slide show.” Essentially, the film is just now clips from the actual film with the film’s original score intact. The modern day film school student is introduced to Sergei Eisenstein and usually looks at the director as a boring old fossil. If film schools actually put Eisenstein’s work in context with the socio-political elements that surround them, maybe Eisenstein would still be more of interest to new filmmakers. Also, one can’t forget that Sergei Eisenstein’s Soviet montage editing style that Hollywood has made no lie about utilizing is probably responsible for the so called ADHD epidemic that has plagued the United States.
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Seton, Marie. Sergei M. Eisenstein. New York: A. A. WYN, INC, 1960.