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Tribute to the Art and Culture of the USSR

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I begin with the splendor of the Bolshoi. Sparticus by Adam Khachaturian, choreographed by Yuri Grigorovich. It was ballets like these that made Soviet ballet the high point of the art, which has fallen into a sad state of disrepair since the tragic loss to humanity of the USSR:

 

 

YouTube - Spartacus Act II - Spartacus and Phrygia (Bolshoi)

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Next to Sergei Eisenstein's great masterpiece, Ivan the Terrible, with music by Sergei Prokofiev:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y17JfkAsXvg&feature=related

 

YouTube - IVAN THE TERRIBLE - 1944 - Sergei Eisenstein

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKNoqlIP5Dg&feature=related

 

YouTube - The dance of the oprichniks

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Next, the greatest film director of all time, Andrei Tarkovski. Where to begin. Every minute of his film is trancendent brilliance. Almost randomly, I choose two clips from his 1979 masterpiece, Stalker:

 

 

YouTube - Stalker with the dog

 

 

YouTube - Stalker-Final Scene

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In its short history, the Soviet Union brought art and culture to unheard of heights. After it's fall, the world fell into a dark age of crass blandness, in which it still ails. We cannot forget the wonderful heights to which Soviet athletes soared. None more than the gymnasts. Here is the unsurpassable Olga Corbut at the 1972 Munich Olympics:

 

 

 

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