Skip to comments.Who says Russia doesn't have a sense of humour? Closing ceremony mocks opening of Winter Olympics..
Posted on 02/24/2014 8:35:55 AM PST by C19fan
From the opening ceremony with a malfunctioning ring, to police officers singing Get Lucky, the Sochi Winter Olympics have been a games to remember. But tonight marks the end for the highly controversial games, which are also the most expensive in Olympic history. Showing that the country has a sense of humour, dancers during the opening section of the show mocked the moment a ring failed to open during the opening ceremony. The joke was followed by an opulent show of ballet, circus performances and classical music, an ode to the country's rich literary history - before the Olympic flame was finally extinguished.
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Tiomkin worked closely with patriots in Hollywood such as John Wayne, Gary Cooper and Jimmy Stewart to compose most of the best film themes in an illustrious career spanning four decades.
I don't think I heard his name mentioned even once all the time the music he composed was playing.
It looked like summer most of the time ... on TV
Also the ceremony played Rachmaninoff’s 2nd piano concerto. He fled top to the US after the Commies came to power and is buried in Westchester County, NY.
I thought it was great. Russia has so much talent.
i thought it was fantastic that they mocked the failed Olympic rings from the opening ceremonies... witty... i enjoyed these Winter Olympics games in Sochi...
The culture-challenged libtards @ NBC did a poor job throughout of mentioning what was playing. As we were watching the closing ceremonies, my wife asked what the music was. I said "it sounds like some sort of sprawling Edna Ferber epic like Giant". The more I listened, I said "dammit, that is Giant!". I threw on the Blu-ray (which we still have not watched from the James Dean set), and indeed it was Giant. Though Russian born, Dimitri Tiomkin wrote some of the best western scores of all time.
We're doomed as a civilization.
Tiomkin’s movie scores are very recognizable. I’m glad to see that his work was acknowledged in this way.
I must have missed that part of the ceremony. Did the talking heads even mention Rachmaninoff?
9: 23 PM ET: Worlds largest chandelier, probably, descends in the stadium as ballet group performs Scheherezade. Looks as though NBC has cut the 60-something grand pianos playing Rachmaninoffs Piano Concerto No. 2. Ballet is very important in Russia, Pozner begins. Ballet is a great expression of who the Russians really are. It demands incredible discipline but at the same time there is a wildness about it. Where was he during the Opening Ceremony to make sense of it all?
For me the best thing about the Olympics was NOT constantly hearing about 0bama. Putin was mentioned, Putin was shown, and Putin is NOT our friend, but he is sure one hell of lot more effective head of state than our turd in the white house
That;s because Sochi is the Russian San Diego.
So they chose San Diego for the winter games ... brilliant !
That’s where the mountains are. Other than the Caucasus, the Urals, and maybe a few remote places in the east, Russia’s a flat country.
...in my mind comparing it to our cultural heights....the Superbowl halftime show
Good point. Our Superbowl spectacle is usually a vulgar display of egos and coarse behavior.
We have a societal version of ADHD.
I had this generic idea that all of Russia was cold ... thus mountainous.
For me the best thing about the Olympics was NOT constantly hearing about 0bama.
Yes, unfortunately an all too brief respite from the daily barrage of Obama nonsense.
A Canadian lady I know called Sochi the best Winter Olympics ever. That would be high praise considering her not inconsiderable years and the frozen wasteland of a country she comes from.
Two of my favorites...DeBussey and Rachmaninov....GREATNESS personified.
My hat, too, is off to the Russians...they have such a great cultural history...
He’s totally superior to the jackass obama. And I’m not really a fan of Putins....but the enemy of my enemy is my friend...and he IS a better, more effective leader.
I heard rumors that a ring didn’t open on purpose to mock Obama (as Olympic rings are symbolizing continents and unopened one is for America) and to prop VW&Audi group which is a major sponsor of Sochi games (four opened rings made for Audi logo).
Yalta would be more like San Diego. Sochi? Maybe more like Santa Barbara.
LOL! I did NOT know this when I read your post, but I checked out Wikipedia to learn more about both cities. Yalta is a sister city of...
ready for this?...
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