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And Then There Were None (Russian version)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on February 3, 2013 by willontheinternet

Agatha Christie’s murder mystery “And Then There Were None” was the mother of all murder stories. Published in the late 1930’s, it is apparently one of the 10 best-selling novels in history (over 100 million copies sold). According to wikipedia, the novel has been adapted to film at least six times.

Out of all of them, none of them keep the original ending. In the novel, no one is left at the end (as one should expect from a book called “And Then There Were None”.) Yet every movie version saves two characters, the male and female leads, so they can live happily ever after.

Ten passengers set sail that day, for a three-hour tour...

Ten passengers set sail that day, for a three-hour tour…

…Except this one! The Russian cult movie “Desyat Negrityat” (Десять негритят) keeps almost every detail true to the book. Continue reading

I Walk Around Moscow

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on January 21, 2013 by willontheinternet

Apparently, Josef Stalin’s favorite movie was a 1930’s slapstick comedy film called Volga-Volga. And between 1930 and 1952 this man’s unfortunate taste in movies reigned over Russia with an iron fist. If you didn’t follow the censor’s demand for “social realism” (or its somewhat hypocritical weakness for colorful fantasy movies,) you might very well end up in the gulag.

It must have been a relief after he died… Repression was still there, of course (the first sex scene in a Russian film wasn’t until 1988) but there was still a huge renaissance in the late 50’s and early 60’s. One of the best films to come out of this was I Walk Around Moscow (Я шагаю по Москве).

Bros

Meet the bros

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Russian Animation: Trees, Cats and Fish

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on January 3, 2013 by willontheinternet

This is a short post, about some short animated films. They are both from the Soviet Union, by the director Yevgeny Sivokon. I wanted to show them to people, but they didn’t seem to warrant a review. (Posts like this will happen occasionally. consider this “between episodes”.)

(you can find a better video pretty easily. I just had some trouble getting it to play here.) Continue reading