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A Family that lived so remotely from human contact, it missed WWII

In my never ending search for the next bit of knowledge or information that will blow my hair back, I finally came across that most interesting bit I have read in five years when a friend posted a link to an article on Smithsonian.com about a Russian family that fled religious persecution, so it retreated into the wilderness of Siberia where for two generations it ultimately live so remotely from the world that this family made no contact with humans other than themselves for 40 years. This story has great sacrifices, determination, and loneliness. It shows what is within us all. A must read, about 10 minutes.

For 40 Years, This Russian Family Was Cut Off From All Human Contact, Unaware of World War II | History & Archaeology | Smithsonian Magazine

The King’s Speech movie review

I just watched The King’s Speech for which Colin Firth won an Academy Aware for Best Actor. The was nominated for dozens of other awards, and I can see why. It was a very intriguing story about King George IV who overcame his stammer through the help of an unorthodox speech therapist Lionel Logue who is played by Geoffrey Rush.

The film depicts many obstructions through which Albert, the Duke of York before he became king, lives through before and during he becomes king. Never being expected to be king, he becomes a king when his older brother, King Edward VIII, chooses to marry his lover Wallis Simpson. So, not only was Albert made fun of growing up for his stammer, but he then becomes a king who main purpose is to speak for a nation. The personal difficulties through which Albert lived are heart-warming and relatable, and just watching him overcome his obstacles as much as he could, stand up to his responsibilities with his best intentions, and grow through all of that and gain confidence is inspiring.

The special features are definitely worth watching the producers and director wanted to make this film as accurate as possible, and listening to how the actors prepared for the roll really shines a new appreciation from me for these actors. What really stuck to my mind was how methodical and passionate the director Tom Hooper was in making the film, and even though the film won so many awards, the director did not speak with much confidence recalling just how lucky he felt that he managed to get the cast that he got. I guess things sort of aligned for him, but it also sounds like he was very tenacious. I also should mention that this film was important to make for Hopper because he is half Australian and half English, so the Anglo-Australian relationship between the king and therapist was very important for Hopper to display.

It is also important to state that the writer of this film, David Seidler grew up with a stammer, and managed to overcome it. This inspired him to write this story because Seidler regarded King George VI as his hero because …

if the he could overcome his stated stammer with the entire world listening to every syllable that he utters, then [he] could overcome his stammer too.

The special features contain a public service announcement from The Stuttering Foundation.

I think that I could own this movie because I have a feeling that watching it many times over will reveal a new depth or nuance that was not previously uncovered.