One of the most beautiful things of Russia: witnessing couples’ intimate moments during the two-three minutes of a subway escalator trip. I remember them since the earliest of my childhood… This was part of an urban every day life, so common, we never thought much of it. Once the USSR collapsed and Western tourists started visiting, I remember them referring to “kissing Russians” as the landmark and another reason to take a subway trip.
So grateful I had a chance to witness this during my early years and form the early patterns of people relating to one another…
This 1969 film that spoke to Soviets about vulnerability, the masculinity paradox, empathy, and multiculturalism.
I often find myself on YouTube playing the final scene from the 1969 Soviet movie Ne Goryui! (Cheer Up!). In this scene, an elderly doctor, Levan, invites his entire neighborhood for an End of Life party. He cannot recover after his daughter passes away during childbirth. Her love life had put him in a difficult spot and he never […]