Dallas to thank for helping bring down the Soviet block (the Estonian section of that block, at least). This is just one of the many surprising things Americans can learn if they watch the new documentary DISCO AND ATOMIC WAR, a movie that's amusing, sophisticated and so very "foreign." Made by a Estonian filmmaker named Jaak Kilmi (who tells us at the film's beginning "My name is Jaak, and my life is wonderful because I can watch Finnish TV!"), this sneakily charming and thought-provoking film tells the story of how naughty airwaves from the "free" country of Finland sneaked across the border into Communist Estonia, bringing with them television shows (often from America) that were actually fun to watch. How subversive.
Knight Rider, too, gets its day in the sun, as do atomic war, gas masks and, yes, disco -- the arrival of which, via TV, pulls the rug out from under poor Mother Russia yet again.
Emmanuelle comes to Finnish TV, the game is practically over.
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