The actions of Cate Blanchett‘s Irina Spalko and her Russian henchman in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull are, of course, “rubbish,” as St. Petersburg Communist Party chief Sergei Malinkovich has said. Are the film’s Russian dissers really this incapable of getting the pop-humor context? More likely they simply saw an opportunity for some press and ran with the indignation. Commies aren’t quoted that often these days.
√ɬ¢√¢‚Äö¬¨√Ö‚ÄúOur moviegoers are teenagers who are unaware of what happened in 1957 will go to the cinema and will be sure that in 1957 we made trouble for the United States and almost started a nuclear war…it√ɬ¢√¢‚Äö¬¨√¢‚Äû¬¢s rubbish,” Malinkovich has reportedly said.
Andrei Gindos, another party member, has called Blanchett and Harrison Ford “second-rate actors” who are “serving as the running dogs of the CIA. We need to deprive these people of the right to enter the country.”
I’ve always loved the imagery of the term “running dogs” but to this day I don’t really get it. How is the nature of a CIA lackey or stooge analagous to a dog in motion? Something lost in the translation.