Picks and Pans Review: Frontline: Back in the U.s.s.r.

updated 03/28/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/28/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

PBS (Tues., March 29, 9 p.m.)

In 1968 journalist Jerry Schecter and his wife and five children moved to Moscow on assignment for TIME magazine, staying two years. Last fall the family returned to see the changes wrought by glasnost. An American TV crew was allowed to make its own contacts with Soviet citizens directly and to videotape anyone who agreed to be on film. Presented in such intimate human terms, the documentary offers a powerful insight into a country's complex psyche. The footage is amazingly candid, especially that of a clandestine visit with an avant-garde artist and his wife who are trying to keep their young daughter from believing the anti-American propaganda she's getting in school. No nyet-picking here.

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