Thanks to my son-in-law in Atlanta, I watched the 1939 film “Ninotchka” starring the famous Greta Garbo. What a treat, so funny. Set in the pre WWII Paris, three goofy Bolsheviks come from Moscow to sell jewels taken from a famous Grand Duchess and help reduce the Soviet debt. When it is learned in the Kremlin that the three have been tricked out of the jewels, Moscow sends a stern-faced woman Bolshevik official (Ninotchka) to straighten things out. But, it is the strict, non-nonsense Comrade Ninotchka that is seduced by the pleasures of Paris.
I found some great comments in the dialog and script, which reminded me of my own observations when I first came to Russia in the early 1990’s. Although the Soviet Union was gone, daily life under the communist regime was still being endured. And often it was discussed in the satirical humor so common amongst the Russians who suffered the comfort of the autocracy for 1000 years.
I am going to comment on several of these scenes and lines in several posts to this website- maybe one each week for a few weeks. Stay tuned!