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    Re: Favorite movie/book phrases or quotes??

    At the beginning of the film, as the jurors are getting ready to leave the courtroom and go to the school, the neighbor asks the bailiff if she can have her photos back that she gave to the judge and he tells her no. So the neighbor herself gave them over as evidence.
    Aha... I see. I didn't remember that, thank you. But I still think that she wouldn't have any reasons to give herself those photos to the court (and she could did it only herself as she's just a witness), and I do find it very strange.

    As for that a wing of a house under construction can't be planned on a place of another habitable house, it's not a question of my experience or unexperience – it's just a LAW. You would never get a permission on building until another house is demolished.

    As for that no one says a word about the guy's testimony – it's not a question of my experience either, it's just the simplest logic.

    And, you know, I actually don't mean that a viewer can't "enjoy" this film. Of course he can. Because this film actually is a show. I don't mean anything humiliating here. I just mean it's a show, with a good picture, popular actors, some effects like throwing a knife, and so on. So yes, of course, one can enjoy it. Why not enjoy a show? But don't tell me there is truth about people in that film.
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    Re: Favorite movie/book phrases or quotes??

    Quote Originally Posted by Оля
    But don't tell me there is truth about people in that film.
    Please help me to understand. Please educate me.

    Are you saying that you are in no way, shape or form prejudice? And that you have never witnessed or experience any prejudice in your entire life? No racial, religious, political or sexual bias? That this does not exist in Russia at all?

    Is this the experience of others in Russia as well?

    When I ask this, I am NOT being accusatory or sarcastic; I am genuinely wanting to know because I find it astonishing if this is the case.
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    Oh, no, rockzmom, you didn't understand me well. If you mean that the movie is about prejudice, that it tries to touch upon that problem, I completely agree with you. When I said there is no "truth" in the movie, I did not mean that there is no prejudice in life. I meant that too many details in the movie seemed completely false to me, and that the attempt to make a good movie about prejudice was not successful (in my opinion). The characters, the events, the logic, the circumstances - a lot of them seemed untruthful to me, and the movie itself didn't touch me.
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    Unfortunately I didn't watch the original movie, but while watching the Mikhalkov's one I had a feeling that the whole plot is dragged for ears. So I agree with Оля. But may be it's for people who like psychological (fiction ) drama with good actors.
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    Re: Favorite movie/book phrases or quotes??

    Quote Originally Posted by Basil77
    plot is dragged for ears
    «И всё, что сейчас происходит внутре — тоже является частью вселенной».

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    Re: Favorite movie/book phrases or quotes??

    Quote Originally Posted by Rtyom
    Quote Originally Posted by Basil77
    plot is dragged for ears
    Я хотел сказать что сюжет за уши притянут, просто буквально на английский перевёл. Просто настолько всё надуманно, что лучше бы было переносить действие куда-нибудь в будущее на Марс, и на таком антураже делать римейк.
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    Re: Favorite movie/book phrases or quotes??

    Quote Originally Posted by Оля
    If you mean that the movie is about prejudice, that it tries to touch upon that problem, I completely agree with you.
    To steal a quote from another movie, "Yes. Yes, a thousand times, yes!" That was exactly what I was trying to express.

    Quote Originally Posted by Basil77
    But may be it's for people who like psychological (fiction ) drama with good actors.
    Basil77, Welcome to the Thread! And... nicely worded comment and smiley to boot!!!


    Next movie review.... Day Watch & 17 Moments of Spring coming up soon....


    Also, has anyone seen any of the movies from the Golden Globe Awards?

    Slumdog Millionaire http://www.foxsearchlight.com/slumdogmillionaire/ (won Best Motion Picture - Drama)
    Frost/Nixon http://www.frostnixonthemovie.com/
    Revolutionary Road http://www.revolutionaryroadmovie.com/
    The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button http://www.benjaminbutton.com/
    The Reader http://thereader-movie.com/
    Waltz With Bashir http://waltzwithbashir.com/ (won Best Foreign Language Film)

    If so, even though they aren't "Russian" films, I would love to hear what you thought about them!!
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    Re: Favorite movie/book phrases or quotes??

    Quote Originally Posted by Basil77
    Я хотел сказать что сюжет за уши притянут, просто буквально на английский перевёл.
    Lingvo says it's "far-fetched" in English.

    Quote Originally Posted by Basil77
    Просто настолько всё надуманно, что лучше бы было переносить действие куда-нибудь в будущее на Марс, и на таком антураже делать римейк.
    I'll translate it for rockzmom since she asks us to write in English in this thread and since I want to second your opinion:
    It's just so much farfetched that it would be better to move the action to the future and to Mars and to make a remake in that environment.
    Actually that's exactly what I think, too.
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    Re: Favorite movie/book phrases or quotes??

    rockzmom, I think the movies in your list are too "fresh" to be familiar to a Russian viewer. Most probably they're not even translated yet.

    I must say I am very much impressed you have seen the whole "17 Moments of Spring" film. You are truly a hero. I think I never was able to watch it entirely, and to make out all those clever intelligence agents' plot lines.
    But if you are able to make such heroic deeds, then I strongly recommend you a VERY popular Russian five-parts film "The Meeting Place Cannot Be Changed" (Место встречи изменить нельзя).
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Meetin ... Be_Changed

    By the way, a very famous "cult" Russian singer and actor Vladimir Vysоtsky plays there.
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    Re: Favorite movie/book phrases or quotes??

    Quote Originally Posted by Оля
    Quote Originally Posted by Basil77
    It's just so much farfetched that it would be better to move the action to the future and to Mars and to make a remake in that environment.
    Actually that's exactly what I think, too.
    Ouch! Et tu, Basil77?

    You know, IF my book ever gets published and turned into a movie, I really hate to think which planet you will send my plot to. Or maybe it would be a black hole???

    I am seeing a pattern here.... Russians against (correction WAY against), Non-Russians pro.

    With that, here might be a really short and sweet (tounge in cheek) review of the movie "12"

    If you are Russian, don't expect to enjoy this film. The plot is awful and filled with too many impossible situations that in no way could it ever happen. Russian film makers trying to make Hollywood style movie while also trying to make a political statment.

    If you aren't Russian, expect to that you will be able to suspend belief and enjoy this film with good acting and an interesting psychological view of prejudice in Russian that can easily mirror the prejudice in our society as a whole.

    Does that about sum it up???
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    Re: Favorite movie/book phrases or quotes??

    im looking foward to the Russians' review of обитаемый остров
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    Re: Favorite movie/book phrases or quotes??

    Quote Originally Posted by Lt. Columbo
    im looking foward to the Russians' review of обитаемый остров
    You know, it has been a subject of some VERY heated debates. Basically, most people who have seen it are split in two camps.
    People from camp one typically say: "This movie sucks because... <a very, very long list or reasons follows>"
    People from camp two listen to all those reasons and reply: "So what? It is still good!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by translationsnmru
    You know, it has been a subject of some VERY heated debates. Basically, most people who have seen it are split in two camps.
    People from camp one typically say: "This movie sucks because... <a very, very long list or reasons follows>"
    People from camp two listen to all those reasons and reply: "So what? It is still good!"
    The thing "To be continued... IN THREE MONTHS" is not good, I think.
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    Re: Favorite movie/book phrases or quotes??

    i came very close to watching it yesterday but went for сказки на ночь instead (which, to my surprise, i actually quite enjoyed).
    i think ill wait until i can download it and see if it's any worse than груз 200 which currently is the worst russian movie i have ever seen
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    Re: Favorite movie/book phrases or quotes??

    Quote Originally Posted by Lt. Columbo
    груз 200 which currently is the worst russian movie i have ever seen
    Еще есть "Морфий" того же режиссера. =)

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    Re: Favorite movie/book phrases or quotes??

    rockzmom
    Since you've already started reading russian books I realy recommend "The Master and Margarita" by Mikhail Bulgakov.
    This is a novell about the Devil visiting Moscow. Bulgakov was sure that it would never be published. And he had been writing it for 10 years just for fun.
    But the shortend version of the novell was first published in 1966 (Bulgakov died in 1940)

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    Re: Favorite movie/book phrases or quotes??

    Quote Originally Posted by BappaBa
    Quote Originally Posted by Lt. Columbo
    груз 200 which currently is the worst russian movie i have ever seen
    Еще есть "Морфий" того же режиссера. =)
    BappaBa,

    After viewing that lovely graphic clip (thank goodness the girls were not here... you should have put a rating on that thing ) and having absolutely no clue as to what this movie is about, I seriously doubt that I will watch this artistic masterpiece!

    Lt. Columbo, I'll let you watch this one for me FIRST, and let me know what you think!
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    Re: Favorite movie/book phrases or quotes??

    Quote Originally Posted by Waterlaz
    rockzmom
    Since you've already started reading Russian books I really recommend "The Master and Margarita" by Mikhail Bulgakov.
    This is a novel[s:za9a5akr]l[/s:za9a5akr] about the Devil visiting Moscow. Bulgakov was sure that it would never be published. And he had been writing it for 10 years just for fun.
    But the shortened version of the novel[s:za9a5akr]l[/s:za9a5akr] was first published in 1966 (Bulgakov died in 1940)
    Waterlaz,

    Thanks. 10 years you say and just for fun... So there is hope that I might one day finish my book and have it published? I hope it won't happen AFTER I die; but, then again... if my plot line is not believable enough...

    I found a copy at my local library that was translated by Burgin/Tiernan O'Connor. Accroding to a review on Amazon, that is actually the best translation.
    http://www.amazon.com/Master-Margari.../dp/0679760806

    There is also a copy online available to download on Scribd with the translation by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, http://d.scribd.com/docs/1hvmrod47havddplanto.pdf


    I did get my copy of Ilf & Petrov's, The Twelve Chairs that I found on eBay. The copy is from 1961 and was originally $1.25. It has a very interesting introduction written by Maurice Friedberg from Hunter College that speaks about Russo-American relations. Here is a "small" part of that introduction ...

    "It has long been my considered opinion that strains in Russo-American relations are inevitable as long as the average American persists in picturing the Russian as a gloomy, moody, unpredictable individual, and the average Russian in seeing the American as childish, cheerful and, on the whole, rather primitive. …

    ...There are two ways to correct these misconceptions. One would be to import into Russia a considerable number of sober, serious-minded, Russian-speaking American tourists, in exchange for an identical number of cheerful, logical, English-speaking Russians who would visit America. The other, less costly form of cultural exchange would be for the Russians to read more of Hawthorne, Melville, Faulkner, and Tennessee Williams, and for us to become better acquainted with the less solemn- though not at all less profound- Russians. We would do well to read more of Gogol, Saltykov-Shchedrin, Chekhov (the short stories and the one-act plays) and – among Soviet authors – to read Mikhail Zoshchenko and Ilf and Petrov. Thus, in its modest way, the present volume – though outwardly not very “serious” – should contribute to our better understanding of Russia and the Russians and aid us in facing the perils of peaceful coexistence.”
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    Re: Favorite movie/book phrases or quotes??

    Thanks. 10 years you say and just for fun... So there is hope that I might one day finish my book and have it published? I hope it won't happen AFTER I die; but, then again... if my plot line is not believable enough...

    After one of Bulgakov's plays were banned he burned the first version of "The Master and Margarita".

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    Re: Favorite movie/book phrases or quotes??

    Quote Originally Posted by rockzmom
    thank goodness the girls were not here... you should have put a rating on that thing
    sorry, my fault.

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