Today I’ll show you an example of Russian (Soviet) Jazz — Russian Folk Tale Репка (Turnip). This little video is an episode of a musical movie “Когда песня не кончается” (“When the Song does not end”) 1964
A plot of this Russian fairy tail is very easy:
Once Grandpa planted a turnip. The turnip grew up a very very big one.
Grandpa came to pick the turnip. He pulled and pulled the turnip but couldn’t pull it up!
Grandpa called Grandma. Grandma pulled Grandpa, Grandpa pulled the turnip. They pulled and pulled but couldn’t pull it up!
Granddaughter came and was asked to help. Granddaughter pulled Grandma, Grandma pulled Grandpa, Grandpa pulled the turnip. They pulled and pulled but couldn’t pull it up!
Their doggy came. Doggy pulled Granddaughter, Granddaughter pulled Grandma, Grandma pulled Grandpa, Grandpa pulled the turnip. They pulled and pulled but couldn’t pull the turnip up!
Doggy called kitty came. Kitty pulled doggy, Doggy pulled Granddaughter, Granddaughter pulled Grandma, Grandma pulled Grandpa, Grandpa pulled the turnip. They pulled and pulled but couldn’t pull it up!
Kitty called a mouse came. The mouse pulled kitty, Kitty pulled doggy, Doggy pulled Granddaughter, Granddaughter pulled Grandma, Grandma pulled Grandpa, Grandpa pulled the turnip. They pulled and pulled and pulled the turnip up!
So now you know one more Russian fairy tale and have some ideas about Soviet Jazz of 60s.
Have a good day, Russian Video from Russia Svet and Kyle
Russia Today published the next documentary in “Wayfarer” series. They call this video “Ivanovo. An Englishman in remote parts of Russia“. Martyn Andrews visited Ivanovo (Russian city: 275 kilometers from Moscow) and he’s seen and learned a lot of things there!
We invite our readers who wants to travel or just to know more about Ivanovo to visit the official web-site of Ivanovo city.
Let’s talk today about the weather! I did not tell you yet that we have incredible weather in Moscow at the first half of November. It’s pretty warm and you realize that it’s already the middle of November when you watch shadows at the noon and they are so long. When you see such long shadows you remember that it’s already November and it’s left about 35 days to the shortest day in the year! When you walk on the streets or in the forest you don’t really believe that winter is coming… sooner or later.
Best wishes, Good weather for You, Have fun in Any Weather! Russian Video from Russia Svet and Kyle
This weekend we are watching a movie “The Last Inch”!
The James Aldridge story “The Last Inch” was written in 1957 and translated into Russian the same year, while the first English edition came out in 1960.
We don’t want to retell you the plot but this incredible adventure movie keeps the viewer on the edge of the seat. The musical score is well chosen as well. Shame that this movie was shown only for the Russian Audience!
In 2008 this film celebrates the 50th anniversary.
======================== Directors: Nikita Kurikhin, Teodor Vulfovich. Writers: James Aldridge (story), Leonid Belokurov (writer). Original Music by Moisey Vaynberg.
Cast: Slava Muratov as Davy. Nikolai Kryukov as Ben. Mikhail Gluzsky as Jifford. Aliaga Agayev as Cafe owner. Mukhlis Dzhanni-zade as Mechanic. A. Rozanov as Doctor
Do you believe in fairytale? Today we’ll tell you one about Russian girl who learns she’s an African princess!
It’s the stuff of fairytales and fantasies. Shakespeare dabbled with it too. An abandoned orphan girl discovers she’s a princess after all. But for one girl from a remote Russian village, fact became stranger than fiction.
The everyday routine of 16-year-old Anya Bazanova in the village of Kon-Kolodez near the Ukrainian border does not differ much from that of other villagers: taking care of domestic animals, doing garden work. It’s only that dark-skinned and curly-haired Anya does not look very much like her neighbors. Now it’s turned out she is not a mere mortal but has Royal blood running in her veins.
Life hasn’t been a bed of roses for the girl. Born to a Russian mother and African father, she was abandoned by both when she was six months old. Her father, a prince from Guinea-Bissau in southern Africa, returned to his homeland and her mother fell mentally ill.
Her father recently got in contact and now says he wants Anya to come and live with him when she turns 18. (Read more from Russia Todaday)
All the best for you and let your wishes come true, Russian Video from Russia Svet and Kyle
I think that’s great there are such kindergartens in Moscow! But that’s ashamed that there are too little such kindergartens in Russia….
A groundbreaking kindergarten in Moscow is allowing children with disabilities to enjoy all things equestrian by introducing them to ponies. The pioneering project aims at improving their communication skills and ending any isolation they and their families may feel…
Today we want to introduce you a new thing in our blog Russian video from Russia: Movie for the weekend! We are going to publish here a good Soviet or Russian full-length movies with English subtitles on Friday or Saturday and you will have whole weekend to watch them if you want.
Today I offer you to watch a beautiful fairy-tale movie “Scarlet Sails”. Our regular readers watched a beautiful video about annual festival Scarlet Sails in St.Petersburg and maybe some of our readers have already read a romantic story “Crimson sails” by Alexander Grin.
Today we are watching a movie Scarlet Sails (Russian: Алые паруса; Alye Parusa) is a 1961 Soviet film produced by Mosfilm based on Alexander Grin’s 1923 adventure novel of the same name and starring Vasily Lanovoy and Anastasiya Vertinskaya. The story is a romantic fantasy and is described as a “fairy tale” though it contains no overtly supernatural elements.
Director: Aleksandr Ptushko. Writers: Alexander Green (novel) and Aleksei Nagornyj (writer). Photography by G. Tsekavy, V. Yakushev. Music by Igor Morozov.
Cast Anastasiya Vertinskaya as Assol Vasili Lanovoy as Arthur Grey Yelena Cheremshanova as Young Assol Aleksandr Lupenko as Young Arthur Ivan Pereverzev as Longrene Sergei Martinson as Philip Nikolai Volkov as Egl Sergei Romodanov as Captain Hopp Oleg Anofriyev as Letika Pavel Volkov as Poldychoke Zoya Fyodorova as Governess Yevgeni Morgunov as Policeman Pavel Massalsky as Arthur’s father Emmanuil Geller as Zimmer Grigori Shpigel as Menners Jr.
This was the film debut of Anastasiya Vertinskaya, who celebrated her 16th birthday during the filmin. She went on to star in such Soviet classics as The Amphibian Man and Hamlet. Locations used in the filming include Koktebel and Yalta in Crimea (Ukraine), Baku in Azerbaijan, and Pitsunda in Abkhazia (Georgia). Grey’s ship, “Secret”, was actually the training ship “Alfa” from the Rostov Naval School. It was outfitted with 2,500 meters of scarlet parachute silk procured to satisfy Ptushko’s demand for authenticity.