Gorky Park (1983)
William Hurt's elegant, arrogant and delicately aloof Arkady Renko is the hub in this investigation mystery portraying the corruption, trustlessness and coldness in a closed cold war Soviet Union. Despite some seemingly biased opinions concerning the Soviet way of life, the film actually holds up well as a just document of the cold war, showing the downside from both perspectives and maintaining faith in a socialist society despite delivering it some heavy blows. It should be kept in mind that to shoot a film like Gorky Park from a Soviet perspective in 1983, allegedly from the inside of the USSR, and with a Soviet hero and an American villain, was a rather controversial move. Helsinki worked as a stand-in for Moscow and British English a stand-in for Russian, but the filmmakers still managed to create a highly believable and sober film. Gorky Park is atmospheric, tightly knit and portrays a cold and uncommercial society in an attractive and sexy manner.