Nearly 72 years after he recovered the Ark of the Covenant, Dr Henry Walton Jones Jr, also known as Indiana Jones, continues to enthral people the world over. In Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Dr Jones is back fighting the evil Soviet empire. That blast from the past has riled present day Russian comrades who have dubbed the film second-rate.
That’s understandable. The film threatens those who continue to believe in the drab workers paradise of 1950s’ Soviet vintage. The communists are poor entertainment before the charm of a character who is a quiet professor and a tomb raider rolled into one.
What explains the longevity of the character? Is it an archaeologist with a handy whip and a don’t-care-a-damn attitude? Or is it the presence on 70mm of what historians refute but Hollywood makes possible? In the hurly-burly of modern life, fascination for long-lost civilizations is natural.