Crimea: The Way Home - Full Documentary
~ with English subs, audio and video are a bit out of sync. Interesting to hear the Russian side of the story.
And for those who are having their moments of schadenfreude, it is actually disingenuous to gloat over this film. As they say, if you point your finger at somebody else, four other fingers are pointing back at you.
~ Well, who knew that the Russians made, among other things, some light romantic movies in the old Soviet days, which in this case is a period piece (or what looks like a period piece) based on Alexander Grin's 1923 adolescent romantic novel Scarlet Sails?
This film by director Alexandr Ptushko is very beautiful to look at. The cinematography is just gorgeous! It tells the story of young Assol who, as a child, was told a "prophecy" by a man whom she encounters by the road while on the way to the village. This "prophecy" concerns a "knight in shining armor" who will one day come to swoop her away. And so she grows up, with her head aloft, believing in the prophecy, and hoping. All this, in spite of her poverty and the ridicule she gets from other people.
Simply put, this is a film about dreams and expectations. Some cling to their dreams/expectations, like the father who was angry when the portrait fell, and some make their own dreams, while others make other people's dreams come true. The premise is so simple, it verges on being indulgent, actually. It has a fairy-tale naivete to it, because this is basically what it is, a fairy tale. However, the message at the end is clear and inspiring, and rings true whatever age we are in.
If only we ourselves made other people's dreams come true, and in the process change ourselves.....
*Watch on Youtube and turn on the English captions.
Already in February 2012 (two years ago!) Putin was warning Russians about exactly the kind of false flag which we just saw happening with the murder of Nemtsov. See for yourself:
Note: the Russian word “provocatsiia” is often translated as “provocation” which is not incorrect as long as you are aware that in Russian “provocation” can mean “false flag”, as it does in this context. Putin is clearly warning about a false flag “sacrifice”. ...........
~ via The Saker
~ Sadko is a Russian fantasy film based on the Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov opera of the same title, which in turn was based on a medieval Russian bylina (an epic tale). It follows the adventures of a minstrel called Sadko and his somewhat misguided desire to impart happiness to his fellow Novgorodians. He and his crew embark onto foreign lands in search of the mythical Bird of Happiness, a phoenix that eventually proved to be not what it seems.
A gorgeously thrilling score that only vintage films can deliver, plus exotic, eye-popping visuals, and a story that is basically a simple social commentary, mark this fantasy film above many others. This was "repackaged" in the States as The Magic Voyage of Sinbad (1962).
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