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A war in a glass

Company :  NTV BROADCASTING COMPANY
Year :  2003
Duration :  1 episode — 43 min. 27 sec. 2 episode — 43 min. 00 sec.
Scriptwriter :  Alexander Zinenko
Director :  Elena Nemykh
An Alexander Zinenko and Elena Nemykh documentary film “A War in a Glass” of Modern History series is the first television research about the attempts of the soviet leaders from Lenin to Gorbachev to stop the Russian people from drinking. We will build our new world… “A War in a Glass” is a full collection of anti-alcoholic campaigns in the USSR. The collection includes real stories, which could be subject of envy of any absurdity theatre, nostalgic folk songs and jokes about Gorbachev told by himself.What did Lenin, who was non-drinking unlike most Russians, drink? Why did Stalin give vodka back to the people and prohibit anti-alcoholic propaganda? Why did Molotov make the Japanese Minister of Foreign Office drunk? When the Russians first started drinking a bottle ‘for three’ in the USSR? Where did Brezhnev hide the drunkards during the Olympics-80? Why the defender of Dinamo-Kiev served cognac in a tea pot at his wedding? And finally who ordered to cut down vineyards? The film “A War in a Glass” gives the answers to these and other questions.