Monthly Archives: December 2009

Peculiarities of the National Hunt (Russian movie)!

Peculiarities of the National Hunt

Peculiarities of the National Hunt (Особенности национальной охоты в осенний период) is a bright comedy of modern time (1995).

Finn Raivo studies Russian habits and writes a book about Russian hunting traditions. He comes to Russian and to look at the hunting traditions closely joins a group of Russian men (Army general, a police detective, a local forest ranger (a devotee of Zen Buddhism) and some big-city types from St. Petersburg) who is going to hunt. And the comedy starts: You’ll see all stereotypes about Russia bears, bathhouse (sauna) and vodka, that will be too much, but if you have been in Russia you will think there is something from reality in this comedy or at least it could be or it could happened.

Directed by Aleksandr Rogozhkin
Produced by Aleksandr Golutva
Written by Aleksandr Rogozhkin
Music by Vladimir Panchenko
Cinematography Andrei Zhegalov
Editing by Tamara Denisova

Ville Haapasalo – Raivo (as Ville Khaapasalo)
Viktor Bychkov – Kuzmich
Sergei Ruskin – Sergei Olegovich
Aleksey Buldakov – General
Semyon Strugachyov – Lyova Soloveychik
Sergei Kupriyanov – Kachalov
Sergei Guslinsky – Semyonov
Igor Sergeyev – Count
Igor Dobryakov – Nobleman
Yuri Makusinsky – Hunter
Boris Cherdyntsev – Commandant
Aleksandr Zavyalov – Ensign

Lenfilm, 1995

Russian Video from Russia
Svet and Kyle

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Potatoes (Картошка): An Old Soviet Pioneers Song!

Recently we watched one of the most favorite movies of my childhood “The Elusive Avengers“. I don’t know why but that day I remembered a very good song of my Mom pioneer’s childhood Potatoes (Картошка), found an archive of pictures 1937 of young pioneer camp. And made this video for you. Enjoy!

Russian Video from Russia
Svet and Kyle

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Through the Thorns to the Stars (Soviet Science Fiction Movie)!

Recently Kyle and me watched an old Soviet sci fi movie “Through the Thorns to the Stars” (Через терни к звездам). I did not watch the movie since my childhood and now I watched it like the first time. I was so impressed by this movie and the actors job Sometimes their play seemed exaggerated but it did not irritate, we felt like in the theater and all character were so clear expressed on the screen.

This movie made by Kir Bulychev novel looks like a dream, dream of community of future dream about people who has interesting job and enjoy this job a lot (and yes, in Soviet Union a lot of people lived like that). Sci fi plot was very interesting also. So I strongly recommend you to watch the movie.

Directed by Richard Viktorov
Written by Richard Viktorov (screenplay)
Kir Bulychyov (novel)
Music by Aleksei Rybnikov
Sergei Skripka (conductor)
Cinematography Aleksandr Rybin
Editing by Lyubov Pushkina (ed.)

Distributed by Gorky Film Studio

Release date(s) 1981

Yelena Metyolkina as Niya
Vadim Ledogorov as Cadet Stepan Lebedev
Uldis Lieldidz as Sergei Lebedev
Yelena Fadeyeva as Maria Pavlovna
Vatslav Dvorzhetsky as Petr Petrovich
Nadezhda Semyontsova as Professor Nadezhda Ivanova
Aleksandr Lazarev as Professor Klimov
Aleksandr Mikhajlov as Dreier
Boris Shcherbakov as Navigator Kolotin
Igor Ledogorov as Ambassador Rakan
Igor Yasulovich as Torki
Gleb Strizhenov as Glan
Vladimir Fyodorov as Turanchoks
Yevgeni Karelskikh

I was very pleased to read such opinion about this movie: Summing up I want to say this film is not a cheap entertainment as some comments here suggest. It is a very kind, heartful, gentle, touching and thought-provoking movie. It is about love – love to people, love to the Earth. Of course there is certain naivity about the film, but it only adds positive to its atmosphere. I see everything quite balanced in it. Some may see flaws in film’s imperfect setting (compared with “Alien” or “Star Wars” for example)- of course Holliwood was much more advanced in Sci-fi making (and a lot richer besides), than the Soviet cinema. But that does not seem too important.

Russian Video from Russia
Svet and Kyle

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Russian Video: Vladimir Turchinsky in the Circus!

Vladimir Turchinsky died today. The doctors said he died from heard attack. He was 47 years old, one of the strongest man in the world, president of fitness club, showman, actor and famous person of Russian TV. He died and doctors will discover how it could happen with such man…. and I want to show you one beautiful clown show “Box” Anton Franke and Vladimir Turchinsky. I want to remember him this way!

Rest in peace, Vladimir.

Russian Video from Russia
Svet and Kyle

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Russian Video: A Serious Accident in Nikulin Circus in Moscow!

Wednesday night acrobats of the Nikulin Circus in Moscow Yulia and Alexander Volkov fell during a rehearsal from 6 meters (almost 20 feet) height. Yelena Volkova received a severe brain injury and presumably broke her vertebrae, underwent leg. Alexander Volkov got heel bone fracture and other damages. They were taken to the hospital and necessary surgeries were done. Now they condition is still considered serious.

They both are very experienced circus actors (They got “Silver Elephant” on the 7th Moscow International Circus Festival of Young Artists). The circus act the artists were rehearsing is considered very difficult and dangerous. It includes 330 seconds of performing in the air and wrapping their limbs in long swaths of cloth without using safety wires, similar to performances on a flying trapeze.

What can I say… In Soviet Union we hardly had any circus accidents cause…. It was forbidden to act without any safety equipment. And even we were told in this video that it was impossible to use safety belts in this act. why they did not have a safety net over the flow? What it is? Like always we save money on our safety or that is stupidity of modern Russia? (Perm’s night club fire was one of this also.)


Russian Video from Russia
Svet and Kyle

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