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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul F View Post
    A Russian Jew from the Soviet era. Oh, you've had an interesting life.
    One would probably chose to be a character from a Chekhov short story than from a Dostoevsky novel or a Tchaikovsky ballet ... but it was nice to grow up with all three.


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    You might enjoy this guy's videos - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K89GTQ03bCQ


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    DLD, is this you?

    You exercise, right?

    (NSFW)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7FNQuIxyfE


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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul F View Post
    You might enjoy this guy's videos - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K89GTQ03bCQ
    I've seen him mentioned on some Belarusian sites, something like, "what an Englishman likes about Belarus".



    Quote Originally Posted by NorBro View Post
    DLD, is this you?

    You exercise, right?

    (NSFW)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7FNQuIxyfE
    I am way past my prime ... and I don't drink (vodka).


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    Quote Originally Posted by DLD View Post
    One would probably chose to be a character from a Chekhov short story than from a Dostoevsky novel or a Tchaikovsky ballet ...
    Or a Solzhenitsyn character such as Denisovich?

    Unless one wanted to be a Belarusian character of Bykau...


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    Quote Originally Posted by groveChuck View Post
    ... Unless one wanted to be a Belarusian character of Bykau...
    Bykau - or Bykov, as he was known in those days - was an incredible writer, especially considering the era. He was not popular among the Soviet elite because his heroes rarely survived to the end of his novels but, as a front line WWII soldier, he was given more leeway. His early works appeared during the Khrushchev Thaw and were allowed to stay in circulation after that. He probably also had political cover from Petr Masherov, the head of the Belarus communist party of the 60's and 70's, who was a guerilla fighter 1941-44 and had a taste of combat also.

    A bunch of his novels were turned into films. By far the best and the one that should be available via Criterion is Larisa Shepit'ko's "The Ascent". It won the Golden Bear prize at the Berlin Film Festival in 1978.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ascent


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    I'll definitely look into The Ascent, thanks!

    Though I've not read them, I hear Bykau's Sign of Misfortune and The Dead Feel No Pain are also harrowing WWII stories, often based on his own experiences? Brutal, brutal period. Makes questions of these times seem inconsequential...

    But man's inhumanity towards his fellow man is timeless, and will probably remain so. It's our nature.


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    The one I really liked was "To survive till Dawn" (there's a vampire flick with the same name). The Soviets filmed it, Bykov himself wrote the screenplay ... then said he hated the movie. The Russians made a remake in 2015 and, having just watched a few minutes of it, it sucked too. Bykov was incredible with the suspense. The Soviet/Russian directors barely know how to frame a shot.

    PS. I saw the "Ascent" from an unauthorized/pirated upload to YouTube about a decade ago. It's a great, albeit harrowing, film. Here's its legitimate nest.

    https://www.criterion.com/films/561-the-ascent

    PPS. One of the film's main roles is played by Anatoly Solonitsyn, whom Andrei Tarkovky called his favorite actor and who was indeed a star of several Tarkovsky films, "Andrei Rublev", "The Solaris", "The Mirror" and the "Stalker".


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    A clip - two guerilla fighters are scouring villages for food. This village was already burned down by the Germans (normally, a retribution for some sort of an ambush. There were many ambushes and many burned villages)



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    Starting to look closer to pants crapping time.
    "Money doesn't make films...You just do it and take the initiative." - Werner Herzog


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