Sometimes, Soviet propaganda can have entertainment value. Case in point: the Russian World Youth Festival, a documentary record of an annual get-together held in Budapest, Hungary. Actually, "get-together" is an inadequate description, since the festival regularly drew some 10,000 delegates. Much emphasis is placed upon the festival's various athletic competitions; not surprisingly, director Arsha Ovenesova concentrates on the Russian winners, though the rest of the Eastern Bloc countries are amply represented. Given the anti-Red paranoia prevalent in the U.S. in the early 1950s, it's surprising that World Youth Festival received any stateside bookings at all.
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