Wednesday, August 30, 2006

בלתי נכנע

A film about the persecutions and arrest of the FR and Chassidim in the USSR

39 minutes. B&W, Russian, no subtitles (yet)

Lots of historical footage, including some of the October revolution.

I still contend that Russian is a vile-sounding language, suitable for the millions of peasants who spoke and speak it. The Royal family themselves spoke French! That should count for something. I would hope one of our many Russian-speaking readers would do us all a favor and translate some of the film for us.

I'd also like to hear what you people think about the level of directing that happens here. Is it overdone?


Anonymous said...

The film is kinda amateur, It's probably meant to be so, after all it's not Ushpizin. Also, why couldn't they make the "FR" (Izhak Kogan) more realistic, like get a bent-up hat, make him wear a vest and wear his Tallis Koton on toop of his shirt like he did in real life?

A Simple Jew said...

To me Russian sounds a million times more regal than the slushy sound of Polish or the horrid sounds of German.

Hirshel Tzig - הירשל ציג said...

than German, the predecesor of Yiddish? c'mon! You must be confusing common-man German with those rousing Hitler speeches. On Polish you may have a point, it sounds like dragging fingernails on a chalkboard.

Anonymous said...


maybe the revisionists are trying to tell the world that Lubavitch always used a modern code of dress, with even the Rabbeyim themselves?

Maybe there's more whitewashing going on?

Mottel said...

Polish is spoken with broken "L" and a stuffed nose.
Russian is by far the best of the Slavic languages -and while the Royal family spoke may have spoken French, our Royal Family used Russian as well.

Hirshel Tzig - הירשל ציג said...

so maybe it is the best of the Slavics, but does that make it pleasant?

I knew I'd get slack about the Rabbeyim speaking Russian, albeit sporadically, but what does that prove? what else should they speak, they were Russian!

Mottel said...

There were many things that they b'davka said in Russian, songs etc.
Our Yiddish is full of Russian words.
Perhaps I've just grown used to Russian by dent of living around those who speak it most of my life, esp. the last few months.