Dear friends, last week some of the brave souls came together to participate in the first event of these monthly series and started a conversation about Russian literature. We discussed some ideas for future meetings, including watching movies, listening to Vysotskiy's songs, reading more works of Russian literature, and even combining it all with pelmeni/vareniki making. A few people even generously offered their homes for our get-togethers. I also will be happy to host our group in the future, but for one more month I hope to take advantage of the beautiful weather before it gets too hot and humid, as we know it always does in DC in summer. So how about an outdoor gathering in a pleasant cafe setting?
For our May discussion I suggest a Russian/Soviet classic movie "Osseniy Marafon" ("Autumn Marathon") - a sad comedy set in a beautiful city of St. Petersburg (then Leningrad), a story of an intellectual translator torn between his wife, mistress, daughter, colleagues, and all other people who need something from him and whose feelings he is afraid to hurt. Set against the background of St. Petersburg's beautiful architecture, drawbridges, communal apartments, and other realities of daily life, the movie provides a good insight into the Soviet life of late 70s-80s that many of us know well and others will be interested in learning about. It's a universal story and there is a lot we can discuss about it on top of enjoying the movie itself.
The link to the full movie on youtube with close captions is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmGxGHQH9lY. Hope you enjoy watching this movie before our discussion.
So let's get together at the outdoor patio of Paul Cafe (http://www.paul-usa.com/) at the Navy Memorial on Friday, May 10th at 6pm to discuss "Autumn Marathon". Enjoy the movie and hope to see you there!