Puttin’ On The Ritz in Moscow

02 Jul

Cropped screenshot of Gary Cooper from the tra...

“Million Dollar Trooper” from the trailer for the film Morocco (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Russian flash mob dancing to an 83-year old song written by American Jew, Irving Berlin.  Hard to imagine that these people’s parents and our own could ever have had reason for a Cold or nuclear war.  It shows what happens when governments fall into the hands of gangsters.

Do you see any hint of a former “evil empire” here?

I do not.

What fun.

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And here’s something similar:  a video of a “flash orchestra” somewhere in Spain:

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Every once in a while, we see moments where people look to be decent and even noble and the world seems to be a wonderful place.  I don’t remember seeing such moments in association with any government.  Did the flash mob in Moscow or the “flash orchestra” in Europe have permits from government to perform in public?

A recent storm knocked out the power in Washington DC.  It’s still off.

I hope it never comes back on.


Posted by on July 2, 2012 in Video


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5 responses to “Puttin’ On The Ritz in Moscow

  1. dev

    July 2, 2012 at 8:13 PM

    Wow, this is fantastic!!! Thank you so much for posting this.

  2. Yartap

    July 2, 2012 at 8:52 PM


    One of my favorite pass times is watching PBS’s Rick Steve’s Travel Program. I have always noticed how the locals of each county, he travels, try to live a non-intrusive, wholesome, simple life filled with as much joy and happiness as possible.

    I do love the people of the world! Man, do I hate governments.

  3. charles

    July 3, 2012 at 2:03 AM

    Reminded me of this. Sigh….

    It makes me laugh anyway.

  4. tim

    July 3, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    Very evil bunch.

  5. Rex Mundi

    July 10, 2012 at 11:51 PM

    This performance was filmed professionally on the outskirts of Moscow.

    In Russian, the screen tells us: “Moscow, Sparrow Hills, 26 February 2012.” This is a common location for tourists and sightseers to visit. In the misty background you can see the faint outline of the socialist-realist architecture of Moscow State University (in Russian, MGU), and when the camera swings around to show the vista of the city’s outskirts, you can see the circular expanse of Luzhniki Stadium below.

    When the newleyweds are preparing for their champagne toast, you can hear the crowd shouting, “Gor’ko! Gor’ko!” which means “Bitter, bitter!” The YouTube clip doesn’t show this, but after the newlyweds kiss, the crowd would have shouted, “Ah, teper’ sladko!” or, “Oh, now it’s sweet!” This is a Russian wedding tradition, sort of like when American wedding guests clink their dinner forks against their wine glasses to entice newlyweds to kiss.

    One thing’s for certain after watching this clip: Those of us who reside on this planet have much more in common than we commonly believe.


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