Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Bed and Sofa

I stumbled across this clip from a 1927 silent Soviet film, Tretya meshchanskaya, entitled Bed and Sofa in English. The clip is called, for some reason, "The Abortion", though Liudmila leaves before her turn comes up.

Notice the way the men made the choice.

Notice the impersonal "Take a number" clinic.

Notice the dreary waiting room, and the cross-section of aborters populating it.

Most of all, notice the nurse's reaction when she looks out the window and realizes what it was that prompted Liudmila's departure.

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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