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“Basic instinct” a la Georgia2011-06-07 20:14
A large-scale first run of Renny Harlin's movie dedicated to the war in South Ossetia has been held in Tbilisi. Hollywood stars led by Sharon Stone were expected to add maximum pathos to the event and put it in the focus of everyone's attention. The arrangers of the propagandistic project called 5 Days in August have completed their task perfectly. However, they failed to persuade the whole world of the truthfulness of the Georgian interpretation of the bloody events in Tskhinval.
Due to the efforts of the country's government, the first run of 5 Days in August turned into an event of the state-level importance. Even many of the U.S. officials never got so much attention as was paid to foreign celebrities, though it is on the former's favour that the future of the local elite depends upon. However, Georgian governors have learnt the fundamentals of an information war very well and are not going to give up arranging the necessary stir around the events of little importance.
Tbilisi is singing hosanna to a Hollywood stage director Renny Harlin. You bet: he helped arousing strong interest in Georgia that even President Saakashvili could never arouse. The world media are actively discussing Sharon Stone's arrival to the capital of the republic, her outfit, her strolls along the city... Naturally, it is local journalists who try their best to chant praises to the recent events. They, however, conceal one circumstance: Hollywood stars came to the country solely due to high fees; not because they are moved by some distant feelings towards the Caucasian republic. For instance, the Basic Instinct star arrived in the Georgian capital from Moscow, being not in the least embarrassed by Russia's "occupant" status, and dollars remain dollars even in Tbilisi. Her adoration of Georgia should cause no surprise either: the country's eccentric government will arrange many more pompous PR-actions, so one might as well encourage them, for one might be invited once again.