Wednesday, 28 November 2007

The Irony of Fate, or Enjoy Your Bath!

The original name of this film is Ironiya sudby, ili S legkim parom!. It is a film from 1975 made in the old USSR. It was a difficult film to get hold of, specially to get accurate subtitles, but it was worth the effort. A romantic drama with chunks of funny moments. A bit slow but full of incredible dialogues and poetry.
The main idea was to take the piss off the soviet city planning. To ease the architects from the pain and hassle of creating new buildings, a master plan was created and reproduced in every major soviet town. At the end of it, many cities suburbs looked exactly the same, a street in one town had exactly the same name as the same street in another town. The theatres, shops and recreational centres were located in exactly the same place in correlation to the big apartment blocks. And the houses inside looked the same too; same furniture, the walls painted with the same colours. Even the same key locks! Obviously that is a bit of an exaggeration but the point is well made. It is amazing to think to what extend the idea of every body being equal got propagated and put into practice.
I have heard of people taking the trans-siberian train falling asleep in one city and waking up in complete shock and confusion as 12 hours have passed by since they went to bed, but the city where they were the night before is the same one where they woke up. Even getting off the train to take a quick walk in the surroundings does not help to realise that it is a different city. A sort of Deja Vu feeling along the train ride. How bizarre.

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