Movies Influence Ukrainian Culture
Spektorov from Ukraine
was a so-called closed country until Perestroyka.
American movies started to influence Ukrainian
culture at that time. Ukrainian youth was affected
by the way the Americans portrayed in those movies
dressed, talked, and behaved.
was diffficult for poor Ukrainian movie studios to
compete with the rich Hollywood ones, so our movie
theaters were swamped with Hollywood films.
"Perestroyka, each individual was allowed to travel
anywhere; but even today, most Ukrainians still
cannot afford to travel overseas. As a result, most
Ukrainian youth get their image of Americans
through the Hollywood movies which continue to
dominate the Ukrainian screens.
I visited the capital of Ukraine two years ago, I
was concerned with what I saw. Many young people
(especially poor, uneducated young people from
small villages) looked like bad copies of young
Americans. Unfortunately, those youngsters had not
chosen to follow the best American
hope this situation will change in the near future.
I hope that the new government will find ways to
curb the bad influence of these movies on local
youth. I wish the Ukrainian government would import
only the best Hollywood movies.
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