Members of Russian Communist party say the new Indiana Jones distorts history, and have called for the movie to be banned in the country.
The story of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (photo, from dvddrama.com) takes place during the Cold War, and sees Harrison Ford’s character battle Cate Blanchett, who plays an evil KGB agent.
Sergei Malinkovich, St Petersbourg Communist Party chief, told the Reuters news agency that it was “rubbish”.
“Why should we agree to that sort of lie and let the West trick our youth?”
To him, when they see the film, many Russian cinemagoers teenagers would be “completely unaware of what happened in 1957”, when the film is set.
“They will go to the cinema and will be sure that in 1957 we made trouble for the United States and almost started a nuclear war”.
“It’s rubbish… In 1957 the communists did not run with crystal skulls throughout the US.”
Andrei Andreyev, Moscow Communist official, told the Associated Press news agency that “it is very disturbing if talented directors want to provoke a new Cold War.”