Happy Holidays from Beyond Apollo: Disguising Spaceships

Interesting Read. There are a lot of soviet postcards out there that try to incorporate all this space stuff into it. All these spaceships look completely different though…why? Because the public had no idea what they actually looked like.

Poster “For the socialist homeland, for the happy life - votes the full fledged soviet woman!”Content: In the background we see a School / школа (‘Shkola’), to the left we see a nursery / ясли (‘Yasli’). In soviet times there were a type of kindergarten for even younger children. Much like today’s day care, except these were funded by the government. Perhaps I shall go into more detail about those in another post.On another note, notice how ‘bulky’ the woman looks. In the soviet times, it was the promoted/ideal figure (again will explore in a different post) to look fit and be healthy rather than the west counterparts of being model skinny.

Poster “For the socialist homeland, for the happy life - votes the full fledged soviet woman!”

Content: In the background we see a School / школа (‘Shkola’), to the left we see a nursery / ясли (‘Yasli’). In soviet times there were a type of kindergarten for even younger children. Much like today’s day care, except these were funded by the government. Perhaps I shall go into more detail about those in another post.

On another note, notice how ‘bulky’ the woman looks. In the soviet times, it was the promoted/ideal figure (again will explore in a different post) to look fit and be healthy rather than the west counterparts of being model skinny.

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I like how in Russian the world for ‘Peace” (мир/”Meer”) is the same word for “World” (spelling and pronunciation)

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Operation ‘Y’ & Other Shurik’s Adventures / Operatsiya ‘Y’ i drugie priklyucheniya Shurika ( Операция „Ы“ и другие приключения Шурика ) Click on the CC for English subtitles.

This is a comedy about Shurik (consisting of three different stories). Shurik is one of the well known comedic characters of this time. Shurik is a good-natured but somewhat clumsy student who gets into all sorts of adventures. He is in several more films with this one being the first.

There’s even a statue http://goo.gl/LA0cGU

3 10.27.13

From “Operation Y and other stories” (see my next post for the film). Studying.

That’s how ‘Tetratki’ (plural) looked like. A “tekratka” (singular) is a notebook. They used to be much smaller than they are now, most often than not with squares rather than just lines. For children it would be common to have the lines being diagonal for easier writing (since writing is done in cursive and is at a slight angle). 

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backtotheussr:

youwillbeassimilated:

Soviet schoolboy Alexey Kutskov, Moscow, 1958. Background at English Russia.


For a student, it was (and probably still is, but with less strictness perhaps) expected to have a certain neatness about oneself. Other than the typical things such as uniform, students are expected to write in the same style and it was normal to wrap their notebooks/textbooks up in order to avoid any creases and stains.

backtotheussr:

youwillbeassimilated:

Soviet schoolboy Alexey Kutskov, Moscow, 1958. Background at English Russia.

For a student, it was (and probably still is, but with less strictness perhaps) expected to have a certain neatness about oneself. Other than the typical things such as uniform, students are expected to write in the same style and it was normal to wrap their notebooks/textbooks up in order to avoid any creases and stains.

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Epic animation “The Golden Antelope” / ЗОЛОТАЯ АНТИЛОПА (Soyuzmultfilm - 1954) 

By Lev Atamanov who also did: The Yellow Stork, The Scarlet Flower, The Snow Queen.

I simply adore how they drew the jewels shimmering. I think I will be spamming more of these animated features.

4 10.26.13

Space Disco was something that had it’s spot in the 80s mainly in Europe (starting in the late 70s, it only reached Eastern Europe a bit later). It reached Quebec though since it was popular in France.

So what’s Space Disco you ask? Think the grandparents of Daft Punk - robots, astronauts, synthetic futuristic sounds, and anything sci-fi. It’s the good kind of cheesy. Check it out, this popular French band ‘Space’ to get an idea http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_ukfGAd8T4 (and I mean check out the guy who started this, swoon amrite? http://fr.space.tm.fr/wp-content/gallery/pochettes/didier_marouani.jpg)

Anyways, so here’s a song of a popular Soviet-Latvian band “Zodiac” from their album “Disco Alliance”

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sovietpostcards:

The street of Kreschatik in Kiev, Ukraine (1979)

sovietpostcards:

The street of Kreschatik in Kiev, Ukraine (1979)

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belovedrussia:

Soviet Union of 60s, Moscow at 8:37 of morning.

belovedrussia:

Soviet Union of 60s, Moscow at 8:37 of morning.

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One of my older posts is of this film (The Snow Queen, 1957).

Recently I saw Disney’s latest trailer of their rendition of this tale…maybe it’s not so bad who knows…but the trailer..just oh man, I felt disappointed :/

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One of my fave films. Я шагаю по Москве / Ya shagayu po Moskve / Walking the streets of Moscow / Step Through Moscow / I step through Moscow / I Walk Around Moscow . Set in 1963, a feel good movie full of nostalgia - ‘A day in the life of’ type of film about a young construction worker. Click on the CC for English subtitles.

11 01.06.13
The last post was of a film that took place in a “Palace of Culture”. So I figured I’d explain that.In short: it’s like a YMCA + theatre + library building funded by the government..minus pools, those are expensive to uphold. Long story version: Basically a ‘palace of culture/culture house/club house’ was in every town as a sort of recreational community centre for various ‘clubs’, performances, competitions and festivals. Some of these establishments began as “People’s houses” and were built in the lower social class areas around factories before the Soviet Union came to be, the first one being in 1882. The point of them was to let ‘culture’ flourish and for people to pursue their hobbies, and primarily distract them from things like consuming alcohol (yey for being well rounded individuals with no vices). 
After the revolution the term changed to ‘palace of culture’ and in the 1920s more of them started to pop out everywhere (Some were probably even houses that used to belong to rich people and were transformed into these.. communism). They were designed as these awesome huge places to hold a space for every kind of activity having rooms for various rehearsals, sports clubs, cinemas, etc etc. It was free to use for everyone since most of them were run by various unions and organizations. In the example of the movie, all the characters were employees of an economics institute. Of course most of these buildings still exist today but no longer used in the same way since the government no longer can support them and the ones that do are those that were/are probably funded certain organizations/factories, etc. 

The last post was of a film that took place in a “Palace of Culture”. So I figured I’d explain that.
In short: it’s like a YMCA + theatre + library building funded by the government..minus pools, those are expensive to uphold. 
Long story version: Basically a ‘palace of culture/culture house/club house’ was in every town as a sort of recreational community centre for various ‘clubs’, performances, competitions and festivals. Some of these establishments began as “People’s houses” and were built in the lower social class areas around factories before the Soviet Union came to be, the first one being in 1882. The point of them was to let ‘culture’ flourish and for people to pursue their hobbies, and primarily distract them from things like consuming alcohol (yey for being well rounded individuals with no vices). 

After the revolution the term changed to ‘palace of culture’ and in the 1920s more of them started to pop out everywhere (Some were probably even houses that used to belong to rich people and were transformed into these.. communism). They were designed as these awesome huge places to hold a space for every kind of activity having rooms for various rehearsals, sports clubs, cinemas, etc etc. It was free to use for everyone since most of them were run by various unions and organizations. In the example of the movie, all the characters were employees of an economics institute. Of course most of these buildings still exist today but no longer used in the same way since the government no longer can support them and the ones that do are those that were/are probably funded certain organizations/factories, etc. 

4 01.01.13

Карнавальная ночь/Karnavalnaya noch/Carnival Night  is a new years eve film that came out on Dec 29, 1956 from the largest soviet film studio - Mosfilm. They released some of their classics on youtube for free viewing in 2011, yey for finally having access to these hard to find films. Click on the CC for English subtitles.

A bunch of young folks try to put on a show for new years at their community centre/palace of culture/entertainment centre. The whole film is about that day when everyone is bustling around to get everything prepared. The new director of this culture house disapproves of the entertainment and prefers things to be more serious which is what adds to the comedy of this film as everyone tries to get him out of the way.

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Here’s the Soviet animation of the Snow Queen (Снежная королева/Snezhnaya koroleva) which was a story by Hans Christian Anderson and this particular film was produced by Soyuzmultfilm. Click on CC to have English subtitles.

On a side note (why this video is relevant today): Disney’s next film in the works is about the Snow Queen! It will be called ‘Frozen’ (it shall be in the CG style like Tangled was, rather than the old school 2D).

*Soyuzmultfilm (Союзмультфильм) was an amazing animation studio which during the soviet era had showcased animations that displayed skills at a very high level (I mean while Disney was still playing around with black and white mickey mouse just walking around, these guys had created characters who moved smoothly with intricate drawn details, it was just wow..one could see this was not just a sloppy job). It fell apart along with the collapse of the Soviet Union. (I shall definitely post some of their other works at later dates).

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