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Children of the Revolution

Children of the Revolution ★★ 1995 (R)

Mocku-mentary covering 45 years of Australian history and politics, beginning in 1951 when the conservative Prime Minister attempts to ban the Australian Communist Party. Party member (and Stalin admirer) Joan Fraser (Davis) helps to prevent the ban, bringing her to the Russian leader's attention, and she's invited to Moscow. There, Joan winds up in bed with Stalin (Abraham) and comes home pregnant. Eventually, son Joe (Rush) makes an entry into the Australian political scene, resulting in chaos. There's almost too much more for the film to handle, although the actors don't seem to have any problems. 101m/C VHS, DVD . AU Judy Davis, Sam Neill, Richard Roxburgh, Rachel Griffiths, Geoffrey Rush, F. Murray Abraham; D: Peter Duncan; W: Peter Duncan; C: Martin McGrath; M: Nigel West-lake. Australian Film Inst. '96: Actress (Davis), Art Dir./Set Dec., Costume Des.

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