Is a Production Code in the Cards for the Russian Film Industry?
on July 09, 2013
About a year ago, Russian president Vladimir Putin suggested the idea of the development of a group to create a code of ethics for the Russian film industry. Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, this group has been established. It consists of producer Leonid Vereschchagin, film critic Kirill Razlogov, director Karen Shakhnazarov, and director Marlen Khutsiyev, amongst others.
With a deadline of Oct. 1, 2013, this code of ethics could “improve the quality of local films and curb violence on Russian screens.” Putin has referenced the Hays Code, which served as the moral compass for Hollywood from 1930 to 1968 before the MPAA rating system, as a guide to create a censorship code. Rinat Davletyarov, the head of the Russian producers guild, called Hollywood’s time under the Hays Code the “golden age,” which shows support for a Russian adaptation of the American guidelines.
The proposition of the code of ethics is not without its critics, however. Director Andrei Proshkin, who heads KinoSoyuz, an alternative union of filmmakers, believes that the existing Russian rating system—which has been made stricter—is sufficient to deal with the ethical issues that are present.
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