Oleg: The Oleg Vidov Story with Filmmaker Introduction
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Oleg: The Oleg Vidov Story with Filmmaker Introduction

PREMIERE SCREENING
Sat
28
Sat Aug 28 9:30 AM

Cinema 1 Orana Cinemas Busselton
General Admission
120 Mins
August
Sat Aug 28

DOORS OPEN: 9.00am 

People in democratic societies tend to take their freedom for granted. Oleg Vidov’s life was different: He came of age in communist Russia. Though celebrated as one of the Soviet Union’s biggest movie stars, no amount of fame could save him from a system that tried to control his life.

The Soviet film industry did not believe in "stars" but his adoring fans made him one. The powers allowed him play a western hero in a film produced and directed in the West -- a Soviet first -- but then denied him the right to accept a contract offered by Dino De Laurentiis or the part of Russian poet Sergei Esenin in "Isadora." His divorce from a vindictive member of Leonid Brezhnev's corrupt inner circle saw him go from blockbusters to bit roles. Even his loyal fans could not save him.

Thus began Oleg’s desperate struggle for freedom–a journey that would culminate in his attempt to sneak across a border into the West without being shot. Reinventing himself in Hollywood, his efforts to counter anti-Russian stereotypes were attacked by the same forces that ruined his career decades earlier.


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August
Sat Aug 28

Cinema 1 Orana Cinemas Busselton

27 Albert Street Busselton, Western Australia, 6280