Sparkling, masterful début by Kovalov is found-footage compilation of e.g. news items, propaganda material and instruction films. For his directing début, Oleg Kovalov chose a very extravagant experiment. As a basis he...展开took a propaganda film from the fifties, The Case of Corporal Kochetkov, dissected this as it were and gave the naked structure a new substance and new accents by re-cutting the shots and adding documentary material from the fifties, such as newsreel footage of Khrushchev's visit to America and pictures of the visit by Yves Montand and Simone Signoret to Moscow. The film about corporal Kochetkov called on the Soviet citizens to be on their guard and showed how sly the enemy was: for instance it could pose as an innocent girl. Kovalov creams off the emotional froth from this melodrama, deconstructs its codes and subjects it to a thoughtful analysis. For instance he reveals paranoia and spy-phobia, complexes in the 'collective Soviet unconscious' that is still active even in relatively enlightened periods.