Negotiations on Berlin
Mr. Khrushchev said on October 27 that he was ready to meet Western leaders “with a view to holding fruitful talks,” adding “but not to permit the Western Powers to delay a peaceful settlement in Europe.” The Soviet Premier repeated in a speech concluding a two-week session of the Soviet Communist Party Congress what he had said in his October 17 speech to the Congress – that he would not insist on December 31 as the deadline for signing a German peace treaty if only the Western Powers show “a real desire to settle the German problem honestly.”
An appeal to film producers “not to succumb to the temptation of putting profit motive higher than artistic excellence” was made by the Vice-President, Dr. S. Radhakrishnan, inaugurating the Second International Film Festival in New Delhi on October 27. Films were meant not merely to entertain the people but also help to elevate their intellect and spirit. So while films should be able to make money, Dr. Radhakrishnan said, they should aim at improving public taste. Thirty-eight countries besides the United Nations Organisation are participating in the Film Festival. Some of the leading film stars from abroad, who are participating in the function, sat along with leading Indian actors and actresses. Dr. Radhakrishnan said that since such a festival was held many years ago Indian films had made great progress. He was informed that India was the second largest producer of feature films. Some of the leaders of the Indian screen had won world-wide renown, and Indian films had won awards in international competitions. Such a festival would enable the participants to exchange ideas and thoughts with people of different countries.
Boris Pasternak's poetry
An issue of 30,000 volumes of a small collection of Boris Pasternak's poetry was sold out in Russia on October 24 before the public knew anything about it. The poetry of the late author of “Dr. Zhivago” has always been popular among Russians and the present volume contained neither preface nor introduction about the author.