in soviet russia film makes you

i wanted to make a post about why  i love the soviet film series  about sherlock holmes and why you should watch it since the new year, but i’m lazy and bad at writing (but here it is anyway)

i have too many feelings for it, i literally want to scream every time i hear the opening theme
i’m not sure of how popular this adaptation already is? i don’t see it mentioned very often but maybe i just haven’t been looking for it
this series is so popular in russia that when people hear “sherlock holmes” they think not “conan doyle, 19th century england” but “livanov, solomin, lenfilm” (and possibly start humming the opening tune)
i find the whole thing quite amusing
for most russians livanov is, like, the one and only true sherlock holmes, and i don’t think they’re even aware that he was portrayed by tons of other actors before and since (although cumberbatch is also very popular, of course, he’s everywhere)
i’ve rarely been a really devoted fan of someone or something, but i absolutely adored this series as a child and at the time i was nine or ten i was most obsessed with sherlock holmes. why, i swallowed all the books about him although i positively hated reading. so yeah, there’s a huge nostalgic factor contrubuting to my excitement
guess i’ll just list some things about it (???)

- the atmosphere is very warm and cosy, very easy to fall in love with
there is adventure, there is thrill, but in the end everything goes back to its essential homeliness

i think the cordiality of this series is precisely the reason why most russians tend to perceive other adaptations as cold and bleak, and almost always dislike them strongly
- it’s full of light good-hearted humour; some scenes and characters are made humorous even if they aren’t supposed to cause much laugh

conan doyle wrote somewhere that lestrade looked like a weasel and i think they found a perfect match
he’s just ludicrous

as it was made in the soviet union, everyone is very decent and no controversial subjects are mentioned, no drugs, not much talk about holmes’ personal life, no watson dancing merrily with the ballerinas, but it goes pretty well anyway
some lines from “the hound of the Baskervilles” have actually become popular catchphrases, like “porridge, sir” (when sir henry asks barrymore what this weird thing on his plate is)
- the soundtrack is beautiful and expressive even by itself, and it really enhances the mood and the atmosphere of the series. the opening theme is very catchy and will probably get stuck playing in your head for a couple of days

- the best dr watson, in my opinion

just look at his face when he hears sherlock’s voice outside the cave

- men displaying affection and tenderness towards each other
it’s just nice.

i believe you can find some sweet gifsets here on tumblr

- i have no idea if the settings are accurate (it seems like in soviet union all the scenes that were supposed to take place somewhere in europe were shot in latvia or someplace similar so i guess it looks quite different from england), but they are definitely beautiful, i especially love the landscapes in “the hound of the baskervilles”

i haven’t found “the bloody inscription” but here are the links to the rest of the episodes (god i hope they work )

“acquaintance” pt1

“acquaintance” pt2

“the king of blackmailers” pt1

“the king of blackmailers” pt2

 “the mortal fight” pt1

“the mortal fight” pt2

“the hunt for the tiger” pt1

“the hunt for the tiger” pt2

“the hound of the baskervilles” ep1 pt1

“the hound of the baskervilles” ep1 pt2 

“the hound of the baskervilles” ep2 pt1

“the hound of the baskervilles” ep2 pt2

“the treasures of agra” pt1

“the treasures of agra” pt2

“the twentieth century approaches” pt1

“the twentieth century approaches” pt2

“the twentieth century approaches” pt3 

please watch it (qq)

i’ll be really glad if someone likes it as much as i do

BuckyNat in the 1950s (Playlist)

Dear @king-queen-and-ace this gift #1 (of 4) dedicated to you. 

I know there are a ton of playlists out there for BuckyNat, but I noticed that none seemed to incorporate music from the Red Room era. So here’s gift #1. It’s my first attempt at making a playlist (and it took the whole day to research… which leads me to conclude that I am, in fact, a human sloth).

I hope you like it! 

Bucky and Natasha met in the Red Room circa. late 1950s. During that period Soviet Russia was at its communist height and music with any sort of Western influence was, for obvious reasons, banned. There was an underground Jazz scene, however, and resourceful people would convert old x-ray film into records

I like to think that when Natasha and Bucky used to meet up secretly in their hotel rooms, they’d spend a little time listening to bootleg x-ray records of music from the USA in between all their torrid love-making.

“In the Mood” (1940) - Glenn Miller Orchestra

One of the most iconic pieces of the 1940s, Bucky used to hear this all the time in the US. As the Winter Soldier he can’t quite put his finger on the reason why he’s so drawn to it, but it gives him a great excuse to swing dance with Natasha and that’s a good enough reason for him to love it.

“Johnny B. Goode” (1958) - Chuck Berry 

Having missed the years where the Rock and Roll craze began to take over from Swing and Big Bands, Natasha is totally the one to introduce the Winter Solider to the young, energetic sounds of Chuck Berry. 

“Night Time (Is the Right Time)” (1958) - Ray Charles

No surprises: Ray Charles sings about sexy times and it’s awesome. Natasha and the Winter Solider totally take his advice, like, a lot…

“Let’s Face the Music and Dance” (1956) - Anita O’Day

I figure this encapsulates the BuckyNat relationship in the Red Room. They don’t know how long it can last, they do know that danger lurks around every corner, and they boldly go for it anyway. 

“Fever” (1958) - Peggy Lee

It’s a suave, smoldering song about passionate and forbidden love. If that’s not BuckyNat in the 1950s, I don’t know what is…

“Today I Sing the Blues” (1948) - Helen Humes

Bluesy, easy to listen to and slightly melancholic, it’s a great reminder for the couple of how quickly their love affair could be terminated T_T

 “Blue in Green” (1959) - Miles Davis

Can’t you just see them slow dancing to this… holding each other close, swaying to the music, content and enveloped in the fantasy of being together for those few moments? 


‘There’s never been such a beautiful night! Will you look at that moonlight? Oh, it’s marvelous! It makes me want to sit down on my heels, like this, put my arms around my knees and hug them tight, as tight as I can, and then I’d fly up. Like this!’

DAY 2639

Jalsa, Mumbai             July 4/5,  2015              Sat/Sun  1:29 am

Music and dance … !!

They have the capacity to drain the brain of all that which belongs to the drain ..

The snatches of dance in Tashkent during one of my earlier visits to Russia, Soviet Russia .. just could not imagine how I was able to perform this feat as shown in the picture .. dance has a way of making you feel awkward .. !!

Then there is that pseudo pose with a ‘shehnai’ from a film that I cannot seem to remember … but perhaps the Ef that sent me this will .. white shoes and all ..

And lastly at the recording studio with Pancham - RD Burman for the song recording of ‘jidhar dekhoon’ from MAHAAN .. such trying efforts to get me to sing right .. most frightening … !!!

Originally posted by butlerm

Amitabh Bachchan