Filming everyday life near the end of the Soviet Union
May 29, 2015 12:32 PM   Subscribe

Oops, should have included, via Real USSR.
posted by Rumple at 12:34 PM on May 29, 2015

Oh my God. Thank you, a thousand times thank you, for this.
posted by staggering termagant at 1:05 PM on May 29, 2015 [2 favorites]

I miss "Feeding the informers on Kalinin Prospekt."
posted by jfuller at 1:13 PM on May 29, 2015

That's a pretty rockin' multi-family apartment.
posted by Kabanos at 1:35 PM on May 29, 2015 [6 favorites]

Trabbies!! Trabbies everywhere!!
posted by You Can't Tip a Buick at 1:36 PM on May 29, 2015 [1 favorite]

That State of The Soviet Union report is pretty awful. Apparently, homosexuality & heavy metal music are signs of a society in decay and those poor Soviet women have to resort to prostitution, unlike the United States where such things never happen.
posted by snottydick at 2:49 PM on May 29, 2015 [1 favorite]

The grocery store... Can anyone provide some narration, so to speak? At the checkout line are they paying or just turning over ration coupons? The cashier doesn't seem interested in actually seeing everything they have.

And why did those women look so worried waiting for the bottles? That one young girl looked fearful. Was it wine or alcohol of some sort? Seems like a small bottle.

And what were the various grocery items that were shown?
posted by sio42 at 3:11 PM on May 29, 2015 [1 favorite]

The nightclub one was not what I expected. Seemed life a wedding aftermath. And no one seemed to be having much fun except the one girl near the end.

It just seemed like a banquet Hall or a bfw not a place where young folks would go, which is what I would expect from a nightclub. Maybe this was the norm for the not well - connected?

All of these really remind me if how Inspector O describes NK in those books.
posted by sio42 at 3:28 PM on May 29, 2015

The multi family apt goes to the night club one.
posted by sio42 at 3:38 PM on May 29, 2015

How was he able to film this? Didn't the ussr not like usa? Camera equipment of the time was large and obvious and everyone knows he's filming.

I don't know my history well enough to understand how normal or odd any of this is for the time or for the country.
posted by sio42 at 3:59 PM on May 29, 2015

In the subway video there's a guy w a giant poster talking about ufos and attracting quite a gathering. There's a comment that explains this. So awesome.
posted by sio42 at 4:04 PM on May 29, 2015

Moscow buskers preform "That's All Right Mama" at 6:26 of subway segment.
posted by telstar at 4:38 PM on May 29, 2015 [1 favorite]

I was trying to figure out what that song was!
posted by sio42 at 5:29 PM on May 29, 2015 [1 favorite]

I like the way that the sign above the wine store just says "Wine." Although, come to think of it, since I live in one of the many U.S. states where liquor is a state monopoly, that's basically what the sign above the place where I buy my wine looks like too.
posted by sy at 6:19 PM on May 29, 2015 [2 favorites]

Yeah, it made me very faintly nostalgic about Seattle's old state-run liquor stores.
posted by You Can't Tip a Buick at 7:02 PM on May 29, 2015

For a rather extreme contrast: "2:30am at a 7-11 near Disney World - 1987" (previously on MeFi)
posted by One Second Before Awakening at 10:42 PM on May 29, 2015 [4 favorites]

My Dog, the Soviet Union was one huge shit hole.
posted by InsertNiftyNameHere at 5:06 PM on May 30, 2015

How was he able to film this?

By this time, Gorbachev's Glasnost was in full swing and the USSR was basically open to visitors from outside. Freedom of speech & the press were slowly becoming established and cultural & business exchanges with the outside world were encouraged.
posted by snottydick at 8:50 AM on June 1, 2015

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