[Chelovek, kotoryi bral interv'iu]
Belarusfilm, Soviet Union. 1986. 91 minutes. color.
Directed: Iurii Marukhin
Written: Iona Andronov, Anatolii Kudriavtsev
Camera: Vladimir Kalashnikov
Original Music: Faradzh Karayer
With: Aristakh Livanov and Andrei Miagkov
As recent news has reminded us, the loss of cultural treasures is among the most devastating effects of war. It depletes a nation's history, culture, and religion – the constituents of a nation's identity. In Marukhin's film Afghanistan's cultural history is under siege – one of its most tremendous ancient treasures has been bombed and looted – and America is to blame. Worse yet, not only is a significant remnant of the Middle East's ancient culture destroyed, but the Afghani population is also in danger – an epidemic is sweeping across the country. Afghanis bring Moscow journalist Aleksei Usanov to their destroyed cultural treasure and ask that he photograph it, publish the photographs, and let the world know of the tragedy; in the process he learns of the epidemic. Upon investigation, Usanov discovers much unsettling information.
Marukhin's film presents clear categories: whereas the Moscow journalist is on a quest for truth, the Americans, and those who work for them, go to any length to conceal the truth. The film depends on a third country, Afghanistan, in order to highlight Russia's beneficent role as the savior and to demonize America's approach to international relations.
Iurii Marukhin (1938-2001), who is better known as a cinematographer, shot over ten films from 1969 to 2001. Up until 1990 he worked in the Soviet Union, after 1990 he worked on films produced in Israel, Germany, and America. The Man Who Took An Interview is the only movie that Marukhin directed.
|1968||The Eastern Passage (dir. Valentin Vinogradov, USSR)|
|1969||Wait For Me Anna (dir. Valentin Vinogradov, USSR)|
|1971||The Lion's Grave (dir. Valeri Rubinchik, USSR)|
|1977||Half Face and Full Face (dirs. Nikolai Lukianov and Sergei Sychev, USSR)|
|1980||Floods (dir. Vitali Chetverikov, USSR)|
|1990||Road Hawks (dir. Samuel Gasparov, USSR)|
|1994||In the Name of Love (dir. Idit Shehori, Israel)|
|1995||Russian Roulette-Moscow 95 (dir. Menahem Golan, Germany)|
|1998||Breaking the Silence (dir. Menahem Golan, unknown)|
|2001||Death Game (dir. Menahem Golan, USA)|