Monthly Archives: February 2013
A nominee for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short, and a beautiful little film. h/t Jordan Bloom.
I’ve added several books to the Library, including an article on the development of the Elvish languages by J. R. R. Tolkien, the Voynich Manuscript (subject of this documentary), The Mystical Qabalah. by Dione Fortune, The Last Ringbearer, which retells Lord of the Rings from the perspective of Mordor (!), the Kebra Nagast, a semi-mythological history of the kings of Ethiopia, the King James Bible, and more. Have a look!
The well-known science fiction novel Solaris, by Stanislaw Lem has been filmed three times. The best known, and most critically successful, was filmed in Russian in 1972 by the great Andrei Tarkovsky. Thirty years later, Stephen Sonderbergh made an English-language version starring George Clooney. The first filmed version, however, was the made-for-Soviet TV version posted here.
Readers fluent in Russian may enjoy it as is, as it lacks subtitles. Alas, my Russian is very, very weak, certainly not up to watching a movie without subtitles (in fact, if I’ve made any errors in the Russian I’ve posted here, corrections are welcome). However, non-Russian speakers may do the following work-around, which I did earlier tonight:
1. Go here, paste the movie URL into the address bar of the website, and click “download”, specifying MP4 format. The movie will be downloaded to your computer (it took about 15 minutes for me–YMMV).
2. Go here and download the appropriate subtitles (you may have to clean some extra crap off your computer afterwards, but it wasn’t too hard to deal with).
3. Save the video and the subtitle file in a common folder.
4. Go here to get the VLC player; download and install it (like the previous downloads, this is free).
5. Select the movie file to play from the VLC player and then click “Video” at the top. From the drop-down menu, select “Subtitles Track”, and from the menu, select “Open File”. From the dialogue box, select the subtitle file you’ve previously saved. Then you can watch the entire movie with English subtitles.
So, if you do all this, enjoy; and if you don’t need to because you speak Russian, наслаждайтесь!
Charlie Chaplin plays very much against type in this very dark comedy.