We all have lost something
In this senseless war
I felt nostalgic and re-watched two Russian films with Sergey Bodrov and Oleg Menshikov at the weekend, both touching the theme of Chechen's war.Thank you very much ginger001
for recommending a seller on E-bay who has the good collection of Russian films.Prisoner of the Mountains
I absolutely love this anti-war movie. Very simple, but powerful and moving.
Film’s idea is based on Lev Tolstoy’s story. It tells about Chechens war - a "sore spot" of Russia for about two centuries already. Two Russian soldiers are taken hostage in attempt to exchange them for the son of one of the village elders, Abdul-Murat. Two soldiers are played by Sergey Bodrov Jr. and Oleg Menshikov (my totally favourite pair of Russian actors). Because of non-judgmental way of telling the story and amazing attempt to understand the culture of both Russian people and especially people of Caucasus, film never fails to make me cry. What are we doing in Chechya? What is the purpose of this war? Why soldiers and civilians are dying there for so many years? Why don’t we ever understand each other? If you haven’t seen this film before I can’t recommend it enough. ( Screencap of Sergey . Sergey’s nickname is ‘a babe’ – he is so cute )Brother or 'Brat' in Russian
Betrayal and brotherly love, Russian mafia and Sanct Petersburg. Sergey Bodrov plays Danila, a young boy who is freshly demobilized from the Chechen's war.
I love this film because for me it is a story about "Russian national character" (if there is one). I don’t know if I am right but I notice difference in attitudes and approaches between Russian and English people. Saying this I I believe it is totally wrong to measure individuals with prejudice. (Sorry I am running away on a rant)
I like this film also because it shows one of the great movements of Perestroyka - Russian rock music
, and in particular one most famous groups, Nautilus Pompilius Russian rock
Voice of change, voice of freedom.. Musically it is not “rock” in a sense this word means in the West, melodies often have Russian influence. The main emphasis is always on lyrics. Russian rock started in the 80-s as half-underground movement in the Sanct Petersburg rock club
and lyrics tell stories of that generation. Because many groups are from Sanct Petersburg, music and lyrics often are influenced by this great city, it’s grandeur, history, sadness and strange weather. One of the poets named Sanct Petersburg “The Beast”Nautilus Pompilius
. This group was founded in one of the large cities on Ural mountains, Ekaterinburg, but spend much time in Sanct Petersburg later.Nice melodies. Great lyrics.
I have uploaded two of Nautilus songs and their lyrics to share. It is always so difficult to find good translation for the poetry, ginger001
was saying about synergy, poems somehow are more then just straightforward sum of translated phrases.. ;(
I don’t know what you think about downloading music, but it must be not so easy to get Russian music in some of the places in the world you guys live. If we lived in one city, you could have borrowed this music to listen. I guess i am just dying to know what do you think about these songs, that is all;)1. Wings
– this song is from the “Brother”
movie. I love this song, and the lyrics just describe the way I feel sometimes. And sometimes i think this song is about Russia and Chechen's war ..Link for ‘Wings’( Wings lyrics )2. Farewell letter or Good by America
– this is probably one of my favourite songs EVER. It describes perfectly how i felt in late 80's early 90’s after the lifting of the iron curtain. Before that time it was almoust impossible for me to go abroad, especially to non-Soviet countries, it was like to go to the moon. (Little did i know of my future! I would have been studing English rather then Computing if I did ;) )Link for ‘Farewell letter’( Farewell letter lyrics )
And also - I aM so glad koalathebear
is back safely!