"Silly American filmmaker, you have no idea what Soviet hockey was like. Let me tell you what Soviet hockey was like."
I'm paraphrasing, but basically this is the attitude most of the talking heads have in Red Army, a great documentary on the Soviet hockey system.
In the first moments of Red Army, Viacheslav Fetisov, Soviet hockey legend gives the finger to director Gabe Polsky. Polsky's transgression: trying to get Fetisov off his cell phone so the interview can continue. It's an odd, refreshing, moment that breathes life into this film immediately.
Yes this is a talking head documentary, but these aren't your typical talking heads. These are members of Russian Hockey royalty and they are not in the least…