Picks and Pans Review: Not Your Average Russian

updated 06/22/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/22/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

PBS (Wed., June 17, 8:30 p.m. ET)


These days Vladimir Posner appears on U.S. TV even more than Dick Clark. He is the American-raised man from Moscow who sounds just like us but speaks for the other side. He is the Kremlin's mouthpiece on Nightline, Donahue and every show that will have him. Now this documentary ambitiously tries to answer the question: Just who is this Vladimir Posner? We hear his bio: Posner's French mother and Russian father, a filmmaker, escaped the Nazis in France; Posner got beaten up in his New York high school "for being a Commie"; the family moved to the Soviet Union and Posner—getting in on the glasnost game—admits that they lived in fear under Stalin. We see Posner's performances and hear them judged by a reporter, a professor and a TV consultant, who declares that "everything about Vladimir Posner is made for that medium." But in the end, though we do know him a little better, Vladimir Posner remains a fascinating mystery.

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