- Actors: Vadim Jendreyko, Svetlana Geier
- Directors: Vadim Jendreyko
- Producers: Vadim Jendreyko, Hercli Bundi, Thomas Tielsch
- Format: Subtitled, NTSC, Import
- Language: Russian, German
- Subtitles: English
- Number of discs: 1
- MPAA Rating:
- Studio: Cinema Guild
- Release Date: Feb. 7 2012
- Average Customer Review: Be the first to review this item
- ASIN: B005V3XDCI
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Amazon.com: 4 reviews
How to be human
July 29, 2012 - Published on Amazon.com
9 people found this helpful.
I ordered three copies of this documentary after watching a rented version. The film is so profoundly good that I wanted immediately to own it - and to give it away to friends I knew would like it, or more likely, love it. It's a beautifully filmed piece, beautifully edited, too. It is gentle in tone, moves relatively slowly, but is utterly absorbing. The five elephants are the German translations of Dostoevsky's novels, the woman is Svetlana Geier, a brilliant translator whose later life has been dedicated to the books. We see Geier in her house in Germany - the country that has been her home since the end of the Second World War when she and her mother left Russia; we see her at work with her amanuensis and her reader; we see her cooking and eating with her extended family. And then we are taken back to Russia with her and her granddaughter (an achingly beautiful rendering of the relationship between young and old) and learn the story of her early life, her experiences of the War and her path to translation. This is perhaps the most moving and nuanced documentary I've ever seen...I've now watched it four times and know I will continue to re-watch. As a study of character and the complexities of language and culture it is unparalleled. Geier is dead now, but the documentary - and the Dostoevsky translations - remain as powerful testament to an extraordinary woman
Priscilla A. Meyer
Translation taken seriously! At last!
January 20, 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
The elephants in question are five great Russian novels that the Woman translates. The documentary is beautifully done and evokes the world of Russians who dedicate themselves to literature.
An amazing woman
March 15, 2013 - Published on Amazon.com
5 people found this helpful.
The film has a slow, contemplative pace. Don't get discouraged if at first it feels as though not much is happening. I truly enjoyed learning about this lady's life story; her courage, independence, intelligence, and depth. She is an inspiration. There are very few people in the world who can make such big contributions to universal culture.
ONe more perspective on the horrors of Russian-German relations of that era.
December 26, 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
Delightful and poignant.