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The plot at manege

Year :  2003
Duration :  43 min 56 sec
Scriptwriter :  Valery Samsonov
Director :  Valery Udovychenkov
Producer :  Esther Leviyeva
The end of 1962. In the center of Moscow, there opened an exhibition dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the Union of Artists. For the first time in the Soviet history, USSR’s powers-that-be, intelligentsia and young avant-garde artists met at one place. The purpose of that meeting was to establish contacts and mutual understanding between the three groupings. However, that exhibition turned out to be a failure and humiliation for the artists, while the authorities were infuriated. Nikita Khrushchev realized that the nation “had gone too far” and that it was time to turn the screws on intelligentsia. Those events at Moscow’s Manege had a worldwide response. From that exhibition, the humiliated painters earned a reputation for themselves. Then, the reign in the country changed. Almost forty years have passed since then, but the roots of that conflict are not clear yet. Opinions of the participants of those events still differ. Artists Boris Zhutovsky and Vladimir Preobrazhensky are convinced that the exhibition was just a link in the plot against Khrushchev. Political scientist Alexander Bovin and head of the Moscow City Committee of the USSR Communist Party Nikolay Yegorychev lay the blame on Khrushchev’s unpredictable and uncontrollable temper, while the others, including Khrushchev’s daughter Rada Adjubei and Director of the Moscow Union of Artists say that crackdown was the result of the conflict within the USSR’s Union of Artists itself. The program’s objective is to compare the existing opinions regarding that conflict, to find out the true reasons of those events and, also, to find out who was the director of that grandiose performance. The program includes interviews with Nikolay Yegorychev, Rada Adjubei, poet Andrey Voznesensky, artists Belyutin, Nikonov and Rabichev.