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In the life of Leo Tolstoy once there was a strange case when the writer either became a victim of an attack, or met face to face with something otherworldly, not from the world of the living. It happened in Arzamas, the town where Tolstoy stopped for the night, heading in the Penza province. At that moment the writer was forty-one years old – by a strange coincidence, it was exactly half of his earthly journey.
Overnight in Arzamas
It was the autumn of 1869, and most recently saw the light of the novel “War and peace”, quickly won success with readers despite the mixed reviews of critics. Continue reading
History sometimes makes fun of people. The lack of reliable information about the heroes of ancient legends and the habit of ancient chroniclers to repeat these legends, gave rise to a lot of pseudo-historical personalities that look “just like the real thing.” Modern mass culture has completed this process, adding them purely human traits and making the main characters of works of art. Unfortunately, the question of whether king Arthur, Robin hood, and many other popular heroes actually existed remains debatable today.
The famous ancient Chinese philosopher left behind a convincing cultural heritage, becoming the founder of Taoism. In the religious and philosophical teaching of most Taoist schools Lao Tzu is traditionally revered as a deity. Continue reading
Vladimir Mayakovsky’s love for cinema began when the poet was just 13 years old. In 1906 his family moved to Moscow. The capital struck the boy with noise and brilliance, but the main impression was the cinema. For the sake of touching this miracle, he was ready for anything – he got the cherished penny or made his way into the halls with a hare, risking being caught. Many years later, already being a successful poet, he never neglected the opportunity to participate in the filming, not only as a screenwriter, but also as an actor.
The first work Mayakovsky, associated with movies, became the film “drama in cabaret futurists # 13.” Mute tape was released in 1914 and now, unfortunately, is considered lost. Continue reading