Russians really have no concept of defensive driving. They run red lights like it is a law that they are suppose to run them. They drive right through any intersection like they have closed their eyes and hope God drives for them. This short video is so common to experience while you drive Moscow. This video is about St. Petersburg but as I see they drive the same there also…
In Russia I look both ways three times before I take off from a stop light and it has saved us multiples of time from having what you see in the video as a wreck. The light could be red and sometimes 20 cars will continue through it and not stop. The people with a green light have to either wreck there car or wait. It is the person that runs a red light after everyone is stopped that gets you. I have seen people drive up on the sidewalk and around the cars stopped at a red light and drive into the intersection and wreck…
All you can do is wonder are they really that bad of drivers?
Today we are watching one more very beautiful video about Saint Petersburg, Russia. This video is named “A walk on the last night of October”. Is it about Halloween in Russia? Not really, just a very good video.
Today you could hear sound of metronome and the wail of the sirens in St.Petersburg. Leningrad remembers the Blockade – 900 days and nights of artillery attacks and terrible starvation. A worker got 250 grams of bread a day all others got twice less. Leningrad outstayed but the price was incredible. There were more than 500 000 people buried only on Peskarevsky cemetery…
Sound of metronome is symbol of the Blockade of Leningrad – metronome sounded during the Blockade 24 hours a day on the radio. The siren wailed 3740 times during the blockade.
Today we are watching Day of Memory from St.Petersburg:
Blockade – the name of the movie made by Sergei Loznitsa. No name of war no name of city what was blockaded. No music, no words or subtitles – just some sounds sometimes. Black and white documentary chronicles – they show ordinary days of the dieing city.
This film was dedicated to the Day of the blockade of Leningrad. The premiere took place in St. Petersburg at the International Festival of documentary, animation and short film “Message to man”.
There are one director of movie, 40 operators and 2 and a half million characters. in this movie… According to statistics, there were 2 992 000 people in 1941 lived in Leningrad and there were just half of million people by 1944.
Awards of the movie Blockade:
Jury Award International Film Festival ‘Stalker’ in Moskau, Russia, 2005
Critics Prix International Film Festival ‘Stalker’ in Moskau, Russia, 2005
“White Elefant” National cinemacritics prix for best documentary film, Russia, 2005
Best Documentary 2005 National academy prix ‘NIKA’ for best documentary film, Russia, 2005
Grand Prix International Film Festival ‘Kontakt’ in Kiew, Ukrain, 2005
Second Prix International Film Festival Madrid, Spain, 2006
St. Petersburg’s Government prix for 2005
Grand Prix ‘Gold Dragon’ International Krakow Short Film Festival, Poland, 2006
Best Documentary Film from archive Jerusalem International Film Festival, Israel, 2006
Jury Avard International Film Festival ‘Message to man’ St.Petersburg, Russia, 2006
Grand Prix for Best Dokumentary Film Film Festival Viborg, Russia, 2006
Best Documentary Film Open Documentary Film Festival ‘Russia’ , Ekaterinburg, Russia, 2006
Best Documentary ‘Golden laurel’ National documentary film prix, Russia, 2006
Arie&Bozena Zweig Innovation Award Chicago International Documentary Festival, 2007
Russian Video from Russia Svet and Kyle
PS Blockade – the name of the movie made by Sergei Loznitsa. No name of war no name of city what was blockaded. Of course, we all know this movie is about Seige of Leningrad.
After the premiere of “Blockade” at the Rotterdam Film Festival the audience was stunned and did not want to leave the room. ‘Did you know, – an old Dutchman asked Sergey Loznica – that you told the story not only of Leningrad but Rotterdam also? Our city was destroyed, but, unfortunately, there were no operators, who could capture this tragedy.”
Every year the night 20-21st of June is one of the most beautiful celebrations in St. Petersburg – “Алые Паруса” (Scarlet Sails). Pupils who just finished school are celebrating the end of school and the start of new life.
Every year we are looking for the most beautiful videos of this performance and share them with our readers.
Let’s watch the best videos of Scarlet Sails – 2009:
If you like the videos maybe you want to find out more about this festival and watch Scarlet Sails – 2008!