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Today's my busy posting day, huh?

Years, years before I discovered the delicious soapiness of Bollywood, there should have been a giant, honking neon sign over my head, indicating that I would fall victim to its blend of costume and melodrama. Why? La Escrava Isaura, the Brazilian telenovela of 1976, shown in USSR in the late 1980s, that swept the country by storm (women would try to change their names to the names of the characters) and made me into its devoted slave. I might have mocked it, but I refused to go to a hospital before finding out that they would have TV there where I could watch it. I awaited each episode with crazy anticipation and discussed the delicious twists (OMG! Did Leoncio really burn Malvina and Tobias to death? OMG! How shall Isaura escape? OMG! How evil is Rosa?) with the other kids my age.

The show was set in 19th century Brazil, where Isaura was a slave of the horrible Don Leoncio who wanted her badly. Both my penchant for melodrama and my love of pretty dresses clearly overruled any sense I had. And oh, the characters were so delicious. There was the hissable Don Leoncio, the main villain who (if he was alive at the time) would have been undoubtedly responsible for the Great Fire of London, the Black Death epidemic of the Middle Ages, and the sinking of the Titanic. As it is, he had to settle for making the heroine's life a living hell. There was Isaura, our heroine, unflichingly noble, pure, and unfortunate. There were Tobias and later Alvaro, handsome (or so it seemed to me then) young men who loved her despite her lack of status. There were...but you get the drift. Heck, this is probably the earliest insance of my shipping and my love for secondary characters, as I fell hard for Malvina's (Leoncio's unfortunate wife) brother Enrique and Tobias' sister Isabella and wanted them to hook up quite badly (which they did).

Heck, I still remember the theme song, all these years later.

I've been trying to find it on DVD/VHS/Download, but have no idea where to look. I did find an on-line Russian translation of the 19th century novel it is based on, and for the very few people on my flist who read Russian and want for some weird reason to take a look:

http://www.litportal.ru/index.html?a=2397&t=11721

Oh, and some pictures of the serial, because after all, what are blabberings without photos (a disclaimer, I have no idea if this is the 1976 or the 2004 adaptation).

So, anyone Russian on my flist. Rememeber the frenzy?

Weepy, weepy, weepy angst under the cut. But full of frou-frou )
dangermousie: (Default)
Today's my busy posting day, huh?

Years, years before I discovered the delicious soapiness of Bollywood, there should have been a giant, honking neon sign over my head, indicating that I would fall victim to its blend of costume and melodrama. Why? La Escrava Isaura, the Brazilian telenovela of 1976, shown in USSR in the late 1980s, that swept the country by storm (women would try to change their names to the names of the characters) and made me into its devoted slave. I might have mocked it, but I refused to go to a hospital before finding out that they would have TV there where I could watch it. I awaited each episode with crazy anticipation and discussed the delicious twists (OMG! Did Leoncio really burn Malvina and Tobias to death? OMG! How shall Isaura escape? OMG! How evil is Rosa?) with the other kids my age.

The show was set in 19th century Brazil, where Isaura was a slave of the horrible Don Leoncio who wanted her badly. Both my penchant for melodrama and my love of pretty dresses clearly overruled any sense I had. And oh, the characters were so delicious. There was the hissable Don Leoncio, the main villain who (if he was alive at the time) would have been undoubtedly responsible for the Great Fire of London, the Black Death epidemic of the Middle Ages, and the sinking of the Titanic. As it is, he had to settle for making the heroine's life a living hell. There was Isaura, our heroine, unflichingly noble, pure, and unfortunate. There were Tobias and later Alvaro, handsome (or so it seemed to me then) young men who loved her despite her lack of status. There were...but you get the drift. Heck, this is probably the earliest insance of my shipping and my love for secondary characters, as I fell hard for Malvina's (Leoncio's unfortunate wife) brother Enrique and Tobias' sister Isabella and wanted them to hook up quite badly (which they did).

Heck, I still remember the theme song, all these years later.

I've been trying to find it on DVD/VHS/Download, but have no idea where to look. I did find an on-line Russian translation of the 19th century novel it is based on, and for the very few people on my flist who read Russian and want for some weird reason to take a look:

http://www.litportal.ru/index.html?a=2397&t=11721

Oh, and some pictures of the serial, because after all, what are blabberings without photos (a disclaimer, I have no idea if this is the 1976 or the 2004 adaptation).

So, anyone Russian on my flist. Rememeber the frenzy?

Weepy, weepy, weepy angst under the cut. But full of frou-frou )
dangermousie: (Default)
Today's my busy posting day, huh?

Years, years before I discovered the delicious soapiness of Bollywood, there should have been a giant, honking neon sign over my head, indicating that I would fall victim to its blend of costume and melodrama. Why? La Escrava Isaura, the Brazilian telenovela of 1976, shown in USSR in the late 1980s, that swept the country by storm (women would try to change their names to the names of the characters) and made me into its devoted slave. I might have mocked it, but I refused to go to a hospital before finding out that they would have TV there where I could watch it. I awaited each episode with crazy anticipation and discussed the delicious twists (OMG! Did Leoncio really burn Malvina and Tobias to death? OMG! How shall Isaura escape? OMG! How evil is Rosa?) with the other kids my age.

The show was set in 19th century Brazil, where Isaura was a slave of the horrible Don Leoncio who wanted her badly. Both my penchant for melodrama and my love of pretty dresses clearly overruled any sense I had. And oh, the characters were so delicious. There was the hissable Don Leoncio, the main villain who (if he was alive at the time) would have been undoubtedly responsible for the Great Fire of London, the Black Death epidemic of the Middle Ages, and the sinking of the Titanic. As it is, he had to settle for making the heroine's life a living hell. There was Isaura, our heroine, unflichingly noble, pure, and unfortunate. There were Tobias and later Alvaro, handsome (or so it seemed to me then) young men who loved her despite her lack of status. There were...but you get the drift. Heck, this is probably the earliest insance of my shipping and my love for secondary characters, as I fell hard for Malvina's (Leoncio's unfortunate wife) brother Enrique and Tobias' sister Isabella and wanted them to hook up quite badly (which they did).

Heck, I still remember the theme song, all these years later.

I've been trying to find it on DVD/VHS/Download, but have no idea where to look. I did find an on-line Russian translation of the 19th century novel it is based on, and for the very few people on my flist who read Russian and want for some weird reason to take a look:

http://www.litportal.ru/index.html?a=2397&t=11721

Oh, and some pictures of the serial, because after all, what are blabberings without photos (a disclaimer, I have no idea if this is the 1976 or the 2004 adaptation).

So, anyone Russian on my flist. Rememeber the frenzy?

Weepy, weepy, weepy angst under the cut. But full of frou-frou )

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