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Seasonal movie-watching traditions

Post  pinhedz on Sat Dec 17, 2011 12:13 am

In the US of A, we have to watch "It's a Wonderful life" every Christmas, but in Russia, they watch "The Irony of Fate."


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Post  pinhedz on Sat Dec 17, 2011 12:17 am

And now--since a sequel was released in 2007 (the 30th anniversary of the original film)--the Russians now watch "The Irony of Fate 2).

In the sequel, the original romantic leads get back together--but the real hi-jinks are their kids hooking up.


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Post  pinhedz on Sat Dec 17, 2011 12:18 am

Snegurochka also plays a key role:


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Post  pinhedz on Sat Dec 17, 2011 12:24 am

In the original film, the romantic leads (lacking iPhones and the internet) play musical instruments and sing songs. The songs are all settings of poems my Marina Tsvetaeva, including my favorite "I'm Glad (that we are not in love ...)"

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Post  eddie on Sat Dec 17, 2011 8:54 pm

This is a bizarre New Year tradition in Germany and elsewhere:



Dinner for One, also known as The 90th Birthday, or by its corresponding German title, Der 90. Geburtstag, is a comedy sketch written by British author Lauri Wylie for the theatre in the 1920s. German television station Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR) recorded a performance of the piece in 1963, in its original English language. This short comical play subsequently went on to become the most frequently repeated TV programme ever (according to the Guinness Book of Records, 1988-1995 eds.; later editions no longer have the category).

The 18 minute single take black-and-white 1963 TV recording featuring British comedians Freddie Frinton and May Warden has become an integral component of the New Year's Eve schedule of several German television stations, Danish, and Swedish national television, a December 23 staple on Norwegian national television, and a cult television classic in Finland, Estonia, Faroe Islands and Austria; on New Year's Eve 2003 alone, the sketch was broadcast 19 times (on various channels). As of 2005, the sketch has been repeated more than 230 times. It is famous in other countries as well — including German-speaking Switzerland and South Africa. It is a New Year's Eve staple in Australia on the SBS network.

(Wikipedia)

Here it is:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9rhMWC4mqQ

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Post  Guest on Mon Dec 19, 2011 12:39 am

pinhedz wrote:In the US of A, we have to watch "It's a Wonderful life" every Christmas
When I was a kid I watched that movie every Christmas on TV

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Post  pinhedz on Mon Dec 19, 2011 3:14 am

And we mustn't forget this one:


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