Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Girl from the Future

It's been a week of remembering childhood and I was really wondering how I could bring it all to life somehow. When it occurred to me: ALISA!!! 

Alisa: Guest from the Future was every communist kid's favorite show in 1985. It's a Russian TV series about Alisa Seleznyova who travels to the present to find her father's long lost friend. The show is very cute and quirky. The bad characters are grotesque, funny and the good ones are kind, humble and good-natured. It's a show for kids, you know, but the cinematography is very adult. The whole thing is pure Soviet pleasure -  the costumes, the soundtrack, the cinematography - aesthetically, I think, it's divine. 

The main character Alisa, of course, steals the show. She is sweet, smart, strong, powerful and VERY serious. All boys were in love with her and all girls wanted to be her. She may have been my first feminist role model. I seriously thought I was JUST like her. Although, come to think of it, it probably mostly had to do with the fact that I had {and, how embarrassing, still have} a very similar mushroom-haircut. 

I was You Tube-ing earlier tonight when I came across this video of the theme song "Прекрасная далеко" that sent all sorts of chills down my spine. 

The lyrics are a bit grown-up and almost morbid... the girl is begging the future "not to be cruel to her" as she sets off on an unknown path that she's called to by a solemn voice she does not recognize. o.0 I sort of remember hearing at some point that the song is actually a traditional folk song but I have not been able to confirm that. So, if you know anything about it, please spill it. I've got to know! 

Now, the Internet may faint a little after the announcement I am about to make so please brace yourselves, ok: 

I FOUND ALL 5 EPISODES OF ALISA ON YOU TUBE! With English subtitles!!! 

For your viewing pleasure, here they are: 

Episode 1 (Part 1, 2, 3)
Episode 2 (Part 1, 2, 3)
Episode 3 (Part 1, 2, 3)
Episode 4 (Part 1, 2, 3)
Episode 5 (Part 1, 2, 3)

Wouldn't it be so awesome to host a dinner party, make your guests take their shoes off, serve borscht, pour drinks in mason jars and play this show in the background as a video art installation? 


P.S. Confession: this post was actually inspired by this interview.

1 comment:

  1. Oh, I'm totally going to watch this. And my 11yo daughter will love it. Thanks!