Good Bye Lenin!
Good Bye Lenin!
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As they readied themselves for last Sunday’s 25th anniversary of the Berlin Wall coming tumbling down, city officials admitted that something was missing: they had somehow “lost” Berlin’s giant Lenin statue. The monument torn down in 1991, was carved up into pieces, and buried no one knows where, so it missed out in being part of a major exhibition for the 25th anniversary celebrations.


But this was no ordinary statue of Marxist revolutionary Vladimir Ilyich – this one was a movie star. It was the unwitting star of Good Bye Lenin!, Wolfgang Becker’s wonderful tragicomedy set around the fall of the Berlin Wall, and suspended from a helicopter, seemingly waving goodbye to the crumbling socialist republic.


And I also recently said my good byes to Lenin – to the Lenin statue in Fremont. And Fremont Lenny has also had a rough time of it of late. He’s had his hands daubed with red paint (presumably for the blood he’s had on them), and, more recently, someone has painted in gold “JESUS IS LORD” on his ever-striding right thigh. And if that isn’t enough, with Christmas coming, he’ll also soon be suitably decked out for the Holidays (see previous blog entry Red Christmas). I think there’s a glass mausoleum in Moscow with something spinning profusely in it by now.


Olympus OM4T & Zuiko 21/2
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