dangermousie: (Lives of Others by alexandral)
I have bought a DVD of a movie from my childhood and have been watching Звезда пленительного счастья (The Captivating Star of Happiness), a Russian movie from the 1970s.

The movie is set during the years surrounding the Decembrist Revolt in 1825 (short version, if you don't feel like reading the wiki article, is that a group of Russian aristocrats, most of them veterans of Napoleonic Wars, demanded constitutional monarchy, revolted against Czar Nicholas I, and got either executed or exiled to Siberia for their trouble). It's not a political movie, however, but instead centers around the wives of Decembrists, who decided to give up their families, their aristocratic privileges, and basically their entire lives to follow their husbands to Siberia.* It's quite romantic and quite depressing at the same time - basically just made for me.

I haven't seen this movie in years, but it's quite as lovely as I remembered: I love the swimming camera and the looping narrative structure with nonlinear flashbacks. The movie is available on Region 1 with Engish subtitles, but be warned: the things I love about it (the looping structure) may make it a bit hard to follow for those who are not familiar with the story/individuals already (when I was growing up, everybody knew the events this was based on) because the movie doesn't pause to explain and, as I say, loops in onto itself sometimes which might confuse.

Anyway, give it a try?

I couldn't find many youtube vids, but here is one. The most famous thing about this well-known movie was the song written for it by Bulat Okudzhava, and here is a scene from the movie where that song is played.



* This story inspired someone as different from the maker of the movie as Alexandre Dumas. He wrote a novel called "The Fencing Master," about a Frenchwoman who was a mistress of one of the Decembrists, followed him into exile and married him in prison - he changed the names but based it on a true story, and got banned from Russia for the book.
dangermousie: (Lives of Others by alexandral)
I have bought a DVD of a movie from my childhood and have been watching Звезда пленительного счастья (The Captivating Star of Happiness), a Russian movie from the 1970s.

The movie is set during the years surrounding the Decembrist Revolt in 1825 (short version, if you don't feel like reading the wiki article, is that a group of Russian aristocrats, most of them veterans of Napoleonic Wars, demanded constitutional monarchy, revolted against Czar Nicholas I, and got either executed or exiled to Siberia for their trouble). It's not a political movie, however, but instead centers around the wives of Decembrists, who decided to give up their families, their aristocratic privileges, and basically their entire lives to follow their husbands to Siberia.* It's quite romantic and quite depressing at the same time - basically just made for me.

I haven't seen this movie in years, but it's quite as lovely as I remembered: I love the swimming camera and the looping narrative structure with nonlinear flashbacks. The movie is available on Region 1 with Engish subtitles, but be warned: the things I love about it (the looping structure) may make it a bit hard to follow for those who are not familiar with the story/individuals already (when I was growing up, everybody knew the events this was based on) because the movie doesn't pause to explain and, as I say, loops in onto itself sometimes which might confuse.

Anyway, give it a try?

I couldn't find many youtube vids, but here is one. The most famous thing about this well-known movie was the song written for it by Bulat Okudzhava, and here is a scene from the movie where that song is played.



* This story inspired someone as different from the maker of the movie as Alexandre Dumas. He wrote a novel called "The Fencing Master," about a Frenchwoman who was a mistress of one of the Decembrists, followed him into exile and married him in prison - he changed the names but based it on a true story, and got banned from Russia for the book.
dangermousie: (Lives of Others by alexandral)
I have bought a DVD of a movie from my childhood and have been watching Звезда пленительного счастья (The Captivating Star of Happiness), a Russian movie from the 1970s.

The movie is set during the years surrounding the Decembrist Revolt in 1825 (short version, if you don't feel like reading the wiki article, is that a group of Russian aristocrats, most of them veterans of Napoleonic Wars, demanded constitutional monarchy, revolted against Czar Nicholas I, and got either executed or exiled to Siberia for their trouble). It's not a political movie, however, but instead centers around the wives of Decembrists, who decided to give up their families, their aristocratic privileges, and basically their entire lives to follow their husbands to Siberia.* It's quite romantic and quite depressing at the same time - basically just made for me.

I haven't seen this movie in years, but it's quite as lovely as I remembered: I love the swimming camera and the looping narrative structure with nonlinear flashbacks. The movie is available on Region 1 with Engish subtitles, but be warned: the things I love about it (the looping structure) may make it a bit hard to follow for those who are not familiar with the story/individuals already (when I was growing up, everybody knew the events this was based on) because the movie doesn't pause to explain and, as I say, loops in onto itself sometimes which might confuse.

Anyway, give it a try?

I couldn't find many youtube vids, but here is one. The most famous thing about this well-known movie was the song written for it by Bulat Okudzhava, and here is a scene from the movie where that song is played.



* This story inspired someone as different from the maker of the movie as Alexandre Dumas. He wrote a novel called "The Fencing Master," about a Frenchwoman who was a mistress of one of the Decembrists, followed him into exile and married him in prison - he changed the names but based it on a true story, and got banned from Russia for the book.
dangermousie: (Dr Who: Rose by miss_strawberry)
I am leaving today to go on vacation to Scandinavia and won't be back until next Sunday. Net time will probably non-existent when I am there, so this is one large catch-all post.

Pretty excited though. Also, since I only have one small backpack (we are going to 17 billion places and lugging suitcases is unappealing), I solved the reading problem by printing out a bunch of books from an on-line library. That way I can throw each page away once I read it :)

So. First topic? The super-awesome Korean drama Time Between Dog and Wolf. I am only on ep 5 but I read spoilers through 14 and OMG. Seriously. Could it get any better? Also, have the makers been reading Lymond or what? Vague spoilers ) He better have a happy ending and get therapy and live happily with JW and have cute kids. Or else. Seriously, all that angst and hurt with no happy ending will be horrible. The poor woobie has suffered enough.

On that note, here is a huge picspam of episode 4, the first one where hurt/comfort really reaches crazy levels: there is cuteness on the beach, and his capture and torture, and rescuing, and a bed scene and...LOVE.



Enter here for the pics )

Hmmm, what else? I know. Bollywood movie. One of the ones I am really looming forward to is Khoya Khoya Chand with Soha Ali Khan and Shiney Ahuja. Not only do I love both of them to bits, but the story, apparently, is set in the Bollywood of the 1950s (!!!!!). It is the story of two talented people. 'There's an actor-director (Shiney Ahuja) who liberates an actress (Soha Ali Khan) from the stranglehold of a powerful actor (Rajat Kapoor), and then begins to use her himself. In the end, he realises the folly of his ways and atones for it.'

I looooove movies about movies, and period flicks are even better. And if it's a love story? JACKPOT. Plus, the trailer looks incredible. Here is the trailer.

Plus, the pics are adorable.



a cornucopia of pics )

Last but not least, watching Bednaya Nastya indirectly reminded me of a book I like but haven't reread in a while. It's one of Dumas' less-known works, The Fencing Master, but it was translated and in print in the USSR because it was about the Decembrist revolt (short summary: a bunch of aristocrat officers revolted on death of Alexander I and demanded reforms. It was suppressed, the leaders were executed, and the rest to Siberia).

Book blather )

ETA: I lied. I have a book rec, too. It's Wuthering High by Cara Lockwood. I don't read YA really often, but this is priceless. It's about a 15 year old Miranda who ends up being sent to delinquent school. Turns out the school is being run by ghosts of famous authors. It's snarky, and funny, and the heroine is adorable, and I like the little lit allusions.
dangermousie: (Dr Who: Rose by miss_strawberry)
I am leaving today to go on vacation to Scandinavia and won't be back until next Sunday. Net time will probably non-existent when I am there, so this is one large catch-all post.

Pretty excited though. Also, since I only have one small backpack (we are going to 17 billion places and lugging suitcases is unappealing), I solved the reading problem by printing out a bunch of books from an on-line library. That way I can throw each page away once I read it :)

So. First topic? The super-awesome Korean drama Time Between Dog and Wolf. I am only on ep 5 but I read spoilers through 14 and OMG. Seriously. Could it get any better? Also, have the makers been reading Lymond or what? Vague spoilers ) He better have a happy ending and get therapy and live happily with JW and have cute kids. Or else. Seriously, all that angst and hurt with no happy ending will be horrible. The poor woobie has suffered enough.

On that note, here is a huge picspam of episode 4, the first one where hurt/comfort really reaches crazy levels: there is cuteness on the beach, and his capture and torture, and rescuing, and a bed scene and...LOVE.



Enter here for the pics )

Hmmm, what else? I know. Bollywood movie. One of the ones I am really looming forward to is Khoya Khoya Chand with Soha Ali Khan and Shiney Ahuja. Not only do I love both of them to bits, but the story, apparently, is set in the Bollywood of the 1950s (!!!!!). It is the story of two talented people. 'There's an actor-director (Shiney Ahuja) who liberates an actress (Soha Ali Khan) from the stranglehold of a powerful actor (Rajat Kapoor), and then begins to use her himself. In the end, he realises the folly of his ways and atones for it.'

I looooove movies about movies, and period flicks are even better. And if it's a love story? JACKPOT. Plus, the trailer looks incredible. Here is the trailer.

Plus, the pics are adorable.



a cornucopia of pics )

Last but not least, watching Bednaya Nastya indirectly reminded me of a book I like but haven't reread in a while. It's one of Dumas' less-known works, The Fencing Master, but it was translated and in print in the USSR because it was about the Decembrist revolt (short summary: a bunch of aristocrat officers revolted on death of Alexander I and demanded reforms. It was suppressed, the leaders were executed, and the rest to Siberia).

Book blather )

ETA: I lied. I have a book rec, too. It's Wuthering High by Cara Lockwood. I don't read YA really often, but this is priceless. It's about a 15 year old Miranda who ends up being sent to delinquent school. Turns out the school is being run by ghosts of famous authors. It's snarky, and funny, and the heroine is adorable, and I like the little lit allusions.
dangermousie: (Dr Who: Rose by miss_strawberry)
I am leaving today to go on vacation to Scandinavia and won't be back until next Sunday. Net time will probably non-existent when I am there, so this is one large catch-all post.

Pretty excited though. Also, since I only have one small backpack (we are going to 17 billion places and lugging suitcases is unappealing), I solved the reading problem by printing out a bunch of books from an on-line library. That way I can throw each page away once I read it :)

So. First topic? The super-awesome Korean drama Time Between Dog and Wolf. I am only on ep 5 but I read spoilers through 14 and OMG. Seriously. Could it get any better? Also, have the makers been reading Lymond or what? Vague spoilers ) He better have a happy ending and get therapy and live happily with JW and have cute kids. Or else. Seriously, all that angst and hurt with no happy ending will be horrible. The poor woobie has suffered enough.

On that note, here is a huge picspam of episode 4, the first one where hurt/comfort really reaches crazy levels: there is cuteness on the beach, and his capture and torture, and rescuing, and a bed scene and...LOVE.



Enter here for the pics )

Hmmm, what else? I know. Bollywood movie. One of the ones I am really looming forward to is Khoya Khoya Chand with Soha Ali Khan and Shiney Ahuja. Not only do I love both of them to bits, but the story, apparently, is set in the Bollywood of the 1950s (!!!!!). It is the story of two talented people. 'There's an actor-director (Shiney Ahuja) who liberates an actress (Soha Ali Khan) from the stranglehold of a powerful actor (Rajat Kapoor), and then begins to use her himself. In the end, he realises the folly of his ways and atones for it.'

I looooove movies about movies, and period flicks are even better. And if it's a love story? JACKPOT. Plus, the trailer looks incredible. Here is the trailer.

Plus, the pics are adorable.



a cornucopia of pics )

Last but not least, watching Bednaya Nastya indirectly reminded me of a book I like but haven't reread in a while. It's one of Dumas' less-known works, The Fencing Master, but it was translated and in print in the USSR because it was about the Decembrist revolt (short summary: a bunch of aristocrat officers revolted on death of Alexander I and demanded reforms. It was suppressed, the leaders were executed, and the rest to Siberia).

Book blather )

ETA: I lied. I have a book rec, too. It's Wuthering High by Cara Lockwood. I don't read YA really often, but this is priceless. It's about a 15 year old Miranda who ends up being sent to delinquent school. Turns out the school is being run by ghosts of famous authors. It's snarky, and funny, and the heroine is adorable, and I like the little lit allusions.
dangermousie: (HofD: sword by winterspel)
Has anyone on my flist read the Dumas novel The Fencing Master? It's a minor novel of Dumas but it was translated into Russian (which is how I read it) because it dealt with The Decembrists. I have a hankering to reread it. The narrator, the fencing master, is hired on as a teacher in Russia, where he meets and befriends Pauline, a modiste at a fancy dress shop. The narrator is a bit interested in her, but she is very much taken, being the mistress of a young Russian aristocrat who is one of the Decembrists. And the narrator gets drawn into their circle and peripherally involved. It's mainly an excuse for Dumas to write about two topics the man reveled in: angsty passion (between Pauline and her bf) and doomed causes (the Decembrist revolt). Interestingly, both Pauline (though her real name was something else) and her bf are real people, and after the revolt failed, the historical Frenchwoman (just like the fictional Pauline) followed her bf into exile in Siberia and married him. Also interestingly, a lot of the wives of the Decembrists (who were all young aristocrats) decided to follow their husbands into exile and prison (well, they waited outside prison, much as having pretty women IN prison would have been appreciated). I guess love matches are a good thing. Why am I rambling about this? No idea. But I am going to dig up that book.

In completely unrelated news, I've been thinking about Battlestar Galactica. We see Pegasus and Galactica orbiting New Caprica, with a skeleton crew. But why? Is it impossible to land battlestars? Because it's not as if they can either prevent or warn about Cylons, as we see, so the whole thing seems a bit futile.

Also, the awesome [livejournal.com profile] fireball_says got fandom-wanked. Check it out, it's hilarious.

And because no post is complete without a dorama mention, I decided I simply must get my hands on Sang-Doo, Let's Go To School. 'Aha,' you will say. 'It's because it has Rain! Playing an angsty gigolo!* Who rediscovers his lost love! Exclamation mark!' And you would be almost right. But what has actually convinced me was this single, exerpted post from the d-addicts forums: Yes, don't get me wrong, I thought the rest of the show was tight ... 'Cause it was the perfect vehicle for Rain's debut ... "See Rain playing with children" ... "See Rain cutting onions for children" ... "See Rain in killer suits and ties" ... "See Rain on dates with girl u can relate to" ... "See Rain sitting next to u in school, flirting with u as if he was a pedophile" ... And yes, as a "man," I should be jealous ... But I'm not, 'cause we secretly all luv him, ladies ... Wish we were as stylish and cool haha. He's a MACHINE ... A machine designed by Korean Hollywood to take over the world ...

If Korea was the center of the world (which it is for me), Rain would be the Anti-Christ, Jesus, and Usher wrapped into one perfect package ... Man, I almost sound gay like Min-suk ......... I'M NOT!!! REALLY, I'M NOT!!!


How can I resist?

*The wiki says it's with his uncle and I really want to know how that works. The family that whores together, stays together? Huh? That's a highly unusual form of family unity.
dangermousie: (HofD: sword by winterspel)
Has anyone on my flist read the Dumas novel The Fencing Master? It's a minor novel of Dumas but it was translated into Russian (which is how I read it) because it dealt with The Decembrists. I have a hankering to reread it. The narrator, the fencing master, is hired on as a teacher in Russia, where he meets and befriends Pauline, a modiste at a fancy dress shop. The narrator is a bit interested in her, but she is very much taken, being the mistress of a young Russian aristocrat who is one of the Decembrists. And the narrator gets drawn into their circle and peripherally involved. It's mainly an excuse for Dumas to write about two topics the man reveled in: angsty passion (between Pauline and her bf) and doomed causes (the Decembrist revolt). Interestingly, both Pauline (though her real name was something else) and her bf are real people, and after the revolt failed, the historical Frenchwoman (just like the fictional Pauline) followed her bf into exile in Siberia and married him. Also interestingly, a lot of the wives of the Decembrists (who were all young aristocrats) decided to follow their husbands into exile and prison (well, they waited outside prison, much as having pretty women IN prison would have been appreciated). I guess love matches are a good thing. Why am I rambling about this? No idea. But I am going to dig up that book.

In completely unrelated news, I've been thinking about Battlestar Galactica. We see Pegasus and Galactica orbiting New Caprica, with a skeleton crew. But why? Is it impossible to land battlestars? Because it's not as if they can either prevent or warn about Cylons, as we see, so the whole thing seems a bit futile.

Also, the awesome [livejournal.com profile] fireball_says got fandom-wanked. Check it out, it's hilarious.

And because no post is complete without a dorama mention, I decided I simply must get my hands on Sang-Doo, Let's Go To School. 'Aha,' you will say. 'It's because it has Rain! Playing an angsty gigolo!* Who rediscovers his lost love! Exclamation mark!' And you would be almost right. But what has actually convinced me was this single, exerpted post from the d-addicts forums: Yes, don't get me wrong, I thought the rest of the show was tight ... 'Cause it was the perfect vehicle for Rain's debut ... "See Rain playing with children" ... "See Rain cutting onions for children" ... "See Rain in killer suits and ties" ... "See Rain on dates with girl u can relate to" ... "See Rain sitting next to u in school, flirting with u as if he was a pedophile" ... And yes, as a "man," I should be jealous ... But I'm not, 'cause we secretly all luv him, ladies ... Wish we were as stylish and cool haha. He's a MACHINE ... A machine designed by Korean Hollywood to take over the world ...

If Korea was the center of the world (which it is for me), Rain would be the Anti-Christ, Jesus, and Usher wrapped into one perfect package ... Man, I almost sound gay like Min-suk ......... I'M NOT!!! REALLY, I'M NOT!!!


How can I resist?

*The wiki says it's with his uncle and I really want to know how that works. The family that whores together, stays together? Huh? That's a highly unusual form of family unity.
dangermousie: (HofD: sword by winterspel)
Has anyone on my flist read the Dumas novel The Fencing Master? It's a minor novel of Dumas but it was translated into Russian (which is how I read it) because it dealt with The Decembrists. I have a hankering to reread it. The narrator, the fencing master, is hired on as a teacher in Russia, where he meets and befriends Pauline, a modiste at a fancy dress shop. The narrator is a bit interested in her, but she is very much taken, being the mistress of a young Russian aristocrat who is one of the Decembrists. And the narrator gets drawn into their circle and peripherally involved. It's mainly an excuse for Dumas to write about two topics the man reveled in: angsty passion (between Pauline and her bf) and doomed causes (the Decembrist revolt). Interestingly, both Pauline (though her real name was something else) and her bf are real people, and after the revolt failed, the historical Frenchwoman (just like the fictional Pauline) followed her bf into exile in Siberia and married him. Also interestingly, a lot of the wives of the Decembrists (who were all young aristocrats) decided to follow their husbands into exile and prison (well, they waited outside prison, much as having pretty women IN prison would have been appreciated). I guess love matches are a good thing. Why am I rambling about this? No idea. But I am going to dig up that book.

In completely unrelated news, I've been thinking about Battlestar Galactica. We see Pegasus and Galactica orbiting New Caprica, with a skeleton crew. But why? Is it impossible to land battlestars? Because it's not as if they can either prevent or warn about Cylons, as we see, so the whole thing seems a bit futile.

Also, the awesome [livejournal.com profile] fireball_says got fandom-wanked. Check it out, it's hilarious.

And because no post is complete without a dorama mention, I decided I simply must get my hands on Sang-Doo, Let's Go To School. 'Aha,' you will say. 'It's because it has Rain! Playing an angsty gigolo!* Who rediscovers his lost love! Exclamation mark!' And you would be almost right. But what has actually convinced me was this single, exerpted post from the d-addicts forums: Yes, don't get me wrong, I thought the rest of the show was tight ... 'Cause it was the perfect vehicle for Rain's debut ... "See Rain playing with children" ... "See Rain cutting onions for children" ... "See Rain in killer suits and ties" ... "See Rain on dates with girl u can relate to" ... "See Rain sitting next to u in school, flirting with u as if he was a pedophile" ... And yes, as a "man," I should be jealous ... But I'm not, 'cause we secretly all luv him, ladies ... Wish we were as stylish and cool haha. He's a MACHINE ... A machine designed by Korean Hollywood to take over the world ...

If Korea was the center of the world (which it is for me), Rain would be the Anti-Christ, Jesus, and Usher wrapped into one perfect package ... Man, I almost sound gay like Min-suk ......... I'M NOT!!! REALLY, I'M NOT!!!


How can I resist?

*The wiki says it's with his uncle and I really want to know how that works. The family that whores together, stays together? Huh? That's a highly unusual form of family unity.

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