Lost track of the days, and 2001…

(Friday 30th September 2011, written Saturday 1st October)
After the film on Thursday, I came home and fell asleep. I barely managed to complete the homework that I wanted to do for the next day.
At school, things are OK but I would have like to have memorised more of the “Perfective/Imperfective” pairs. I realised that I had lost track of the days. We were supposed to be going on a trip on the River Ob on Saturday. Unfortunately that has been cancelled, but I signed up for the substitute “Tour of Historic Novosibirsk”.
In the evening to unwind, I borrowed a film from the Landlady’s bookshelf. “2001: A Space Odyssey“, with Russian subtitles. If ever there was a film which doesn’t rely on dialogue, 2001 is certainly one. Released in 1968 I think. Actually I would have preferred it dubbed into Russian, with English subtitles. There was a surreal moment, near the beginning in the space station, when the American “investigator” meets a group of Russians, including one played by Leonard Rossiter. After the American leaves, Rossiter’s character says a few words in Russian (“It’s very difficult…”, I think). I found that I understood the gist of what he said. I expect that Rossiter didn’t understand himself, but just learned the few words from a coach.
After that, I settled down to sleep early, and slept like a log!

“Afonia”, a Soviet slant on “Alfie”?

(Thursday 29th September 2011, written Saturday 1st October)
Work continues. It’s relentless. I find it interesting. but it’s hard to describe except there are lots of exercises. I certainly understand Russian a lot better than I did. I find written easier than spoken, but that isn’t surprising.
In the evening I watched a film called “Afonia” (1975). It’s about a plumber who is a bit of a rogue, but by the end of the film it looks like he might be settling down.
It was described to me as “an industrial drama”. I would describe it as more light-hearted than drama. As I was watching it I thought that the leading man looked a little like Michael Caine, and that there might be some parallels with the plot of “Alfie” (1966).
It is definately nowhere near as hard hitting as “Alfie”. I still am wondering if there is some connection. The name of the film, and the dates, make it possible that the producers of “Afonia” were trying to make an oblique reference to “Alfie”.