Moscow Central AND The Devil in Moscow

British director Clive Gordon takes a wonderfully acerbic look at Russia's democratic growing pains in Moscow Central (1994, 72 min.), as wacky candidates run for office in Moscow's central district. Among the wicked touches is Gordon's use of “Sympathy for the Devil” on the sound track as a corrupt pol from the last regime strides through snowy streets. In The Devil in Moscow (1991, 55 min.), Polish director Andrzej Fidyk reports on the resurgent interest in Mikhail Bulgakov (The Master and Margarita), a playwright and novelist silenced during the Stalin era. Bulgakov's feverish imagery of the devil inside the Russian soul finds contemporary expression in the popular exorcism services of a cult healer who calls himself “the sorcerer of Russia.” Both films are in Russian with subtitles.

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