Date: 11/16/95 1:26 AM
From: J. H.
I have always been a fan of Frontline! My wife and I watched the subject show and were deeply moved at the tragic lives of both Natasha and the wolf. Viewers gleam different lessons from the show, but the pressing need for our society to reach out to neglected children and embrace them into our society stood out to both of us. Too many of America's young are having to skip their childhood because of neglect. Not all of the neglected youth live in the "ghetto" but can easily be found in new suburbs, attending top rated schools. I would hate to believe we are on the verge of raising a generations of "Wolves"! Thank you for your show.
Date: 11/15/95 11:49 AM
Thank you for the interesting broadcast.
What I found fascinating in the story is that the male Procurator (prosecutor) in the story sounds very much like Porfirii Petrovich from Dostoevskii's novel, "Crime and Punishment". It is eerie!!! What American prosecutor would be so interested, so concerned in the character of the criminal?
Again, thank you for the program.
Date: 11/15/95 1:04 PM
From: C. W. H.
I saw Natasha and the Wolf last night....that woman was sure taken by that man, I don't see why she didn't realize that a man in that position would have done anything to get out of it....i couldn't care about his 'sad eyes' when i recalled what a criminal he was, and what he would do instinctively if cornered, pledge or no pledge to hurt no one...what a little idiot...she sacrificed her position in society for a man that was put in a position that he almost was forced to use her....what an idiot! It seems to me an absurdity she would not realize...he even stated that he could live with a person for years he didn't like....and she was smiling over him, even knowing what he had done.....what a wimp! I hope they don't place any more wimpy women like this in important positions in the former Soviet Union! No wonder we have problems with them.
Although Natasha & The Wolf was well acted and and an interesting story, it had its faults. First, it was not clear at the beginning that this was NOT a documentary, which is Frontline's usual fare. Nor was it ever clear whether it was based on a true story, like the movie Hard Choices based on a similar incident in Tennessee. Secondly, it needed editing, especially the endless tramping through the prison, the repetitious shots of a barren landscape covered in snow and the mysterious (irrelevant?) shots of a crowd of people walking by in their Sunday best going God knows where. The usual hour would have been enough.