Many Russians remember old time TV programs and movies with nostalgia. It seems the thing many educated middle-aged Russians miss the most about Soviet TV is the impeccable Russian language -- its 'Moscow norm', to be precise. TV anchors, film directors, theater actors and actresses always were the Russian language role models to follow and would always get the most complicated language points right. But not only that.

In the following episode you are going to listen to an interview with the late Russian renowned film director and learn perfect Russian from him and his colleagues. Every year on December 31 on Russian TV at least one channel will show Ryazanov's the three-hour long 1975 film "Irony of Fate" (Ирония судьбы), a perfect Christmas story, the mixture of the real and unreal, the magic of Russian winter with its snow, fur hats and the smell of Christmas trees, the poetry and the prose of day-to-day life…

Eldar Ryazanov (1927 -- 2015), one of Russia’s most popular filmmakers, made films that picked great fun at the Soviet system in the era when the country sank into a grey decade of bureaucratic state rule and the triumph of mediocrity. His first film, in 1956, was “Night of the Carnival” (Карнавальная ночь) immediately made him famous. He subsequently made a couple of dozen brilliant films, including “Beware of the Car” (Берегись автомобиля) and “Office Romance” (Служебный роман), mostly comedies (although always with a serious, or even tragic, streak) where the satirical exposure of the "Soviet uniformity," “shortcomings” and “diseases” of society (such as alcoholism, bribery, bureaucracy) were wriggled through the censorship and shown as a way of getting rid of these “shortcomings.” 

You are going to listen to fast speech. Your objective should be to get the main ideas.

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