Red Army

Dokumentary | USA 2014 | 85' | OV

The team is the star. For the Soviet ice hockey national squad, this was more than a figure of speech. In the heyday of the Cold War, it was a politically loaded maxim devised to prove the superiority of collective thought against Anglo-American individualism. The Soviet team was indeed almost unbeatable from the mid-1950s until 1991 – the humiliating defeat by the United States at the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid was an exception to this rule. Gabe Polsky’s documentary, co-produced by Werner Herzog, tells the moving story of perhaps the most brilliant unit of this team – the two defenders Slava Fetisov and Alexei Kasatonov, and Sergei Makarov, Vladimir Krutov and Igor Larionov in offense – and how these exceptional athletes became instruments of politics. The focus is again and again on the charismatic Fetisov, who turned against national coach Viktor Tikhonov in 1989, and – after a string of personal sacrifices – became one of the first Russian hockey players to join the American NHL. In an irony of history, Fetisov was later made Minister of Sport under Putin in 2002. A film not only for ice hockey fans.

Director
Gabe Polsky
Script
Gabe Polsky
Producer
Gabe Polsky, Jerry Weintraub, Werner Herzog
Executive Producers
Jerry Weintraub, Liam Satre-Meloy
Photography
Svetlana Cvetko, Peter Zeitlinger
Editor
Eli B. Despres, Kurt Engfehr
Sound
E.J. Holowicki
Music
Christophe Beck, Leo Birenberg
Principal Cast
Slava Fetisov, Vladislav Tretiak, Scotty Bowman, Vladimir Pozner

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Selected filmography Gabe Polsky

THE BAD LIEUTENANT (2009), HIS WAY (2011), THE MOTEL LIFE (2012)