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Never heard of this, but it was interesting in a historical way...


...all I could think watching this was, they don't make 'em like that any more, and they never will again. Gorgeous actors, sets, costumes. This is such a piece of film history, just consider the subject matter! Would any young people go see a movie about the Russian Revolution? Would they even know what that WAS? Ancient history! This kind of film could never be made today. (now I'm not saying it was either good or bad, but it wasn't shallow. again - those COSTUMES! )

Today it's all horror movies, toy movies, Pixar movies, fat guys getting drunk and/or lugging some baby around, lame romantic comedies. Some good, some bad.

We'll never see the great spectacles again, or films such as Knight Without Armor.

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Yeah, I see what you're saying, and I agree... the Russian Revolution, and its many and various shock waves, were felt around the world for literally decades... but those decades are now fading into the past, fading into an obscurity pasted over by more modern considerations of things such as global warming, the War on Terrorism, global economic rivalries, Dancing with the Stars, Paris Hilton, etc. etc. So I think that today's generation (barring those relatively few members who are up on Russian history and literature) will find this movie boring and largely meaningless. They'll have no intellectual grounding on which to fathom or judge it. The Cold War has come and gone, and I suppose it, and the Russian Revolution, merit only a footnote in today's shcool curricula.

It's too bad that all those people who toiled and/or died in Soviet gulags are now nothing more than "ghosts of history." But time marches on, and people forget. I can't help but recall how Hitler said something to the effect, Who still talks nowadays of the extermination of the Armenians?




And good does not always triumph. Sometimes the Dark Side overcomes what Lincoln called 'the better angels of our nature.' – Apocalypse Now

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Well, things change, of course. Major world events are only words in a history book. Today's generation DOES find this kind of movie boring and meaningless. My very own 20 something daughter came in one day and said, "there you are watching another old boring black and white movie!" I said, "it's a part of movie history. It's a musical about Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria!" Talk about eyeballs rolling! "Who of where??? Mom, the people watching that thing when it was made probably KNEW this emperor guy personally!" LOL!

So? Someday there might be a 3-D computerized biography of ... I dunno, Paris Hilton, and then my daughter's daughter can laugh at her!

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That's not true. Well, I'm 22 and adore films such as these and most old films. I don't have any time to enjoy modern ones because I'm so keen on making my way though '20s-'60s ones; 3D and whatever doesn't interest me in the slightest but hey each to their own.
I only watched it because of Donat, admittedly. What gorgeousness :D No, seriously, besides being so beautiful he must be one of the greatest British actors ever.
Marlene was great of course, I liked her in this. I'm surprised this hasn't recieved a better rating because I think it is a wonderful film. There is something about the cinematography of those older films which appeal to me far more than a CGI-obssessed film such as Avatar would. They're more like a work of art.
I just lent a friend my Gone With The Wind and Some Like it Hot DVDs in an attempt to introduce her to older films and I think she likes them so hurrah!

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Inoft97 says > ...all I could think watching this was, they don't make 'em like that any more, and they never will again. Gorgeous actors, sets, costumes. This is such a piece of film history, just consider the subject matter! Would any young people go see a movie about the Russian Revolution? Would they even know what that WAS? Ancient history! This kind of film could never be made today.
A movie so steeped in history probably should be re-made. It would likely draw in new generations of viewers; those who are probably unfamiliar with this time in history. Unfortunately, the cost associated with making such a movie would likely be prohibitive. Modern filmmakers tend to focus a lot of attention on visual and special effects and actors would be chosen mostly on the basis of popularity rather than talent. Those things, while very costly, add very little, in my opinion, to the story being told.

If that movie was ever made, audiences would be dazzled by the look and the sound of it. They would be thrilled by the chase scenes. They'd marvel at the awesome stunts and blush during the explicitly sexual scenes. But, would the notice or understand the plot; probably not. In order to work in all those other components, the plot would be so watered down, so convoluted, or both it wouldn't make any sense. Sadly, most viewers would barely notice or care.


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I just saw this yesterday, and was very impressed with it. I am replying to you since your comment was only 4 days ago. I think it's important to remember that when this movie was made, the Russian Revolution was only 32 years past. The same as the mid 1980s would be to us today. So it's not fair to say young people wouldn't be interested in it. There are plenty of movies set in the 1980s that young people have enjoyed. I'm pretty sure if something as momentous as a huge revolution happened in the 1980s, there would be lots of movies still being made around it.

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