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September 26, 2009

Ukraine's Got Talent

By: Bernard Chazelle

Watch this. It's amazing. (h/t)

— Bernard Chazelle

Posted at September 26, 2009 04:42 PM


Posted by: Mike Meyer at September 26, 2009 08:08 PM

Jesus that was great.

Posted by: Guest at September 26, 2009 09:17 PM

a really amazing performance. the music helped a lot, too but really captivating story...

Posted by: almostinfamous at September 27, 2009 09:03 AM

Thank you posting Prof Chazelle.

Posted by: Rupa Shah at September 27, 2009 09:36 AM

Sorry about that! It should have been, "Thank you for posting Prof Chazelle".

Posted by: Rupa Shah at September 27, 2009 10:08 AM

Yep, that's superawesomefantastic. Maybe the only possible improvement would have been to play Bach's St. John's Passion with it!

Posted by: N E at September 27, 2009 10:21 AM

That was really great...obviously the story she was telling with her art was a very powerful one which meant a great deal to the people in the audience....I wish I knew what it was about...also if I am not mistaken, the melody from the Metallica song "Nothing Else Matters" was the song you heard near the end of her performance...all in all very powerful even not knowing what it was about which in my book makes it great art.-Tony

Posted by: tony at September 27, 2009 06:56 PM

I can not stop watching this video again and again and it is amazing beyond words and Tony, I was also curious about the history so googled and found this story.

ps Thank you again Prof Chazelle. This is a great post.

Posted by: Rupa Shah at September 27, 2009 07:05 PM

Thanks for that link Rupa...I kinda knew it had something to do with WWII...when I watched it a second time i saw she wrote 1945 at the end of her performance so I assumed it was related to WWII....really a terrific performance.-Tony

Posted by: tony at September 27, 2009 07:14 PM

Based on the article Rupa Shah found and provided, this young woman is also possibly the best person in the world:

"I only entered because there was a child I know who needed an operation and I wanted to help," she said. "I did not mean to make the whole country cry."

Posted by: N E at September 27, 2009 10:09 PM

We can all be thankful that she's safely ensconced in the Ukraine where Simon Cowell can't get his hands on her.

Posted by: NomadUK at September 28, 2009 01:56 AM

Ukraine lost one in four of its population during the Second World War, the largest losses of any country and about 20% of the total deaths.

Ah, so that's what it takes for a nation to truly appreciate the horrors of war, to the point where masses of people can be moved to tears by a sand painting.

A generation from now, on "Iraq's got talent", will we witness a moving sand-animation portrayal of the horrors of the American occupation? They certainly don't lack for sand.

Posted by: SteveB at September 28, 2009 12:41 PM

Picasso's Guernica depicted the horrors of War and this absolutely amazing "sand art" depicted the horrors of their war. THERE IS NO JUST WAR. War is WAR and it is a crime and must be stopped.

Posted by: Rupa Shah at September 28, 2009 02:27 PM

With your permission Prof Chazelle..
To commenters and readers:
Please sign the petition to stop the War in Afghanistan. Thanks.

Posted by: Rupa Shah at September 28, 2009 03:14 PM

You guys are forgetting something, those were Nazi bombs, Afpakiraq is getting serenaded by smooth, freedomloving Obombs. You can't compare the two or you hates Jews and Democracy.

Seriously though, her performance is staggering. The only thing I would put in the same class, of live art, is the documentary, Le Mystere de Picasso. (I probably screwed up that basic French.)
I would guess I'm not the only fellow who is fantasizing about flying to the Ukraine and proposing.

Posted by: Marcus at September 28, 2009 11:27 PM

cyrllic character guy just cracked me up

Posted by: N E at September 29, 2009 01:11 AM

beautiful.. thanks.

Posted by: hv at September 29, 2009 03:47 AM

For anyone interested in the above mentioned documentary, "Le Mystère Picasso.......

Posted by: Rupa Shah at September 29, 2009 07:16 PM

I watched the whole 74+ minutes of the documentary. Beautiful! Many thanks for the suggestion.

Posted by: Rupa Shah at September 29, 2009 09:13 PM

Glad you enjoyed it, Rupa. I liked Picasso before I saw that, but that gave me a better understanding of his genius. I won't even try to use words to describe it for people who haven't watched it. The directing is excellent too.

Posted by: marcus at September 30, 2009 12:00 AM