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Watching a Movie – Falcon Posted by on Oct 12, 2012

In my previous post about Georgia (and why we, the students of the Russian language and culture should care about Georgia), I promised that come weekend we’ll be watching a movie and gave you a few hints as to which one. The famous Georgian director, Георгий Данелия (Georgiy Danelia), directed and the famous Georgian…

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It Is Always Timely to Sing About Hares Posted by on Aug 23, 2012

Have you had a chance to watch Бриллиантовая рука (The Diamond Arm) yet? Since the first post about it, I got to watch it again AND I watched a documentary called Бриллиантовая рука 2. It was fascinating and full of interesting trivia. If you like trivia, love the original movie and want to challenge your…

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Ivan the Fool of Our Times Posted by on Aug 21, 2012

Today let’s watch one of the best, most beloved Soviet comedies, The Diamond Arm. Almost every single line uttered by the all-star cast became a source of one-liners, анекдоты (jokes), крылатые выражения (catch phrases). The movie was so successful and entered быт (everyday life) so firmly, that it is still frequently quoted and referenced. The…

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A Geek, His Wife, A Thief, and a Super (or, my favorite Soviet film) Posted by on Jul 2, 2012

George the burgler finds a hidden stash of rubles

The first full-length Soviet movie I watched in the original language was the 1973 comedy «Иван Васильевич меняет профессию» — Ivan Vasilyevich Changes Careers — which my 2nd-year college Russian instructor screened for the class on a grainy VHS tape with English subtitles. Later, it would be the first Russian-language movie I bought on DVD…

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