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Strelnikov's Manhood
Forced perspective train and winter landscape.
About this creation

My take on a scene, in the Urals, from the movie DoctorZhivago.

The idea for this came after viewing Nannan's Armageddon.

I exaggerated and rearranged the red coloring, relative to the movie, to accentuate the phallic imagery. I do not know that DavidLean had any such intent, but are there many compelling subjects that cannot be well, or even optimally, treated with a prominent phallus? (Wipe the grin Phipson, this is serious commentary about aesthetics. You'll get your chance on the BrazillianLegoFetishGroup.)





This is the scene in which the ill fated, dilettante revolutionary, Pasha Antipov (now People's Commander Strelnikov, and husband of Zhivago's future mistress) explains to Zhivago that if he needs a village burned, to make a political point about collaboration with the Whites, his manhood allows him to be unconcerned with which particular village is burned. Needless to say, the Whites did the same thing. This is a classic, light hearted, romantic, intimate, chick flick. Recommended for all your significant other's RussianCivilWar cravings (or OmarSharif, whatever floats her boat).

I believe NickBarrett can be engaged to provide the Technic wizardry to make the back of the train enlarge as the train is pulled forward on the track, thus maintaining a constant perspective as the train moves. In fairness to Nick, I should admit beforehand that the wheels are not Lego. Needing gradually smaller wheels toward the back, I whittled them out of hickory. ;^}





Highlighting the forced perspective effect, note that while it is long and imposing
in the imagination, it is short and stubby in reality.





Seriously: I am aware that part of my window is visible on the front of the train.
After 2 days of pics, this is by far the best I got. Thanks to Hans and Leda for getting me this far. While I enjoy building, the photography is strictly a chore for me.





Comments

  September 14, 2013
That FP is crazy! Wow!
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  March 9, 2011
Quoting MSG -- This red, angry thing is really coming at you. The perspective of the motion is excellent. Another detail I like is the snow blown over the rails and ties. Together with the powdery snow on the trees receding in the distance is so suggestive of the frozen landscape. Great piece!
Thank you. I'm glad the perspective and other features worked well enough to suggest motion, but in the scene, the train is actually parked. Strelnikov is interviewing Zhivago on the train to determine if he is a spy/assassin. Zhivago is released, while Strelnikov is left weeping, knowing that others see through his tough exterior, to the heartless coward he truly is.
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  March 9, 2011
This red, angry thing is really coming at you. The perspective of the motion is excellent. Another detail I like is the snow blown over the rails and ties. Together with the powdery snow on the trees receding in the distance is so suggestive of the frozen landscape. Great piece!
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  January 16, 2011
Maybe not so much on other pictures but the second one works very well. Good job!
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  January 10, 2011
Great use of forced perspective. It's extremely convincing, the engine looks at least as long as the #10194 Emerald Night until the side view is provided. Clever use of technic gears on the background pine trees as well.
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  December 17, 2010
Beautiful creation! I love the landscape, and the use of the technich ball as a head was creative. But, why is the fetish group brazilian?
  December 10, 2010
There are few things that do not lend themselves well to phallic imagery. A large red locomotive is not one of those few things. "We're coming to a tunnel, WOOOOO WOOOOO!"
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  December 10, 2010
Nice diorama!
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  December 10, 2010
An incredible scene and a most excellent use of color.
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  December 7, 2010
Very cool. And thanks for all those informative links!
  November 21, 2010
Oh got it thanks for the building tip. Clever I have been noticing the t-bars in a lot of the build. I think it is time to go shopping for some.
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  November 21, 2010
Lol! I love it!
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  November 21, 2010
Wow! This is seriously interesting and well done work. I studied the pictures for a long time to try to find all the different way you enforced the forced perspective. I am so impressed. Great work.
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  November 20, 2010
Wow, very cool.
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  November 20, 2010
Its hard to keep rules like "Thow shall not covet" when there are creations like these on the pages! Tho I have never seen the movie, I have to say, this build is simply amazing! I love the front of the train and, mainly, the trees! I am so inspired by this. But a build like this deserves more pics.
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  November 19, 2010
Quoting Johann Dakitsch But, why is the fetish group brazilian?
Hi Johann, thanks for the comment. First, there is no fetish group, it's a fiction. But that small bit of humor (to the extent it is funny at all) is probably completely mired in U.S. culture. Up north here, we have a caricature image of Brazil as very fun loving, in contrast to our caricatured self image as Puritans (not a totally undeserved self image). The superficial image we have of Brazil is fed by very proscribed media treatment typically showing sun bathers on the beaches. As a result, Brazil comes to mind quickly when we think of where one would feel free to indulge in a favorite passion. Compare that to the background chatter of many AFOLs who feel shunned for their "childish" interest in legos. In any case, I do apologize if I have given any offense.
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  November 19, 2010
Quoting Leda Kat =^..^= My favourite scene in that movie is at the beginning, when he is just a boy and at his parents funeral (I think its their funeral, haven't seen it in years) its a cinematic moment of beauty I have never seen bettered.
You remember well, it is his mother's funeral. And your choice of fav scene highlights your eye for these things. I couldn't agree more. There was the generally stark, frozen landscape and the moment the wind suddenly blows leaves up in the air, as if carrying her soul away. Actually reminiscent of a bit from Kung Fu Panda when the turtle dies. There is also the spooky tree branch tapping on his window while he is trying to go to bed that evening. I suspect you will make a fine director yourself, whether your medium becomes film or lego animation.
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  November 19, 2010
Very clever design. It works really really well, and your photography is excellent! My favourite scene in that movie is at the beginning, when he is just a boy and at his parents funeral (I think its their funeral, haven't seen it in years) its a cinematic moment of beauty I have never seen bettered. You've done great work here with the snow and trees as well as the train and perspective technique. Very awesome.
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  November 18, 2010
Nice work. Can't say much other than that, because I haven't fiddled with landscapes at all this year.
Tom Simon
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Thomas N
  November 17, 2010
The forced perspective is absolutely brilliant, and this seems a near perfect rendition of a truly great film! Brilliant work. ~T
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  November 17, 2010
Wait a second here... There's a Brazillian fetish group?!!? Why wasn't I told? (Kicks the orphan and the old lady out of the way en route to the group...) ~ Chris.
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  November 17, 2010
Quoting amanda F. How did you construct the front (for lack for a better term) bumper on the train. I know the train is coming right at the viewer but the smoke seems a little stagnante at the moment it looks great from the side shot but maybe just a tweak or two to the forced Prospective shot.
Thanks Amanda. The various panels of the front plow are held in place with pneumatic T bars that fit into the holes of headlight bricks. There are enough degrees of freedom to arrange all the rotations and displacements. As far as the smoke, in this scene, the train is parked, not moving. Strelnikov and Zhivago are talking on board before Zhivago is released. The mild steam wafting is just due to wind, while the steam itself is from the engine idling.
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  November 17, 2010
Speaking of forced prospective! What a great example! Gave me a great idea for my Alice in Wonderland moc! How did you construct the front (for lack for a better term) bumper on the train. I know the train is coming right at the viewer but the smoke seems a little stagnante at the moment it looks great from the side shot but maybe just a tweak or two to the forced Prospective shot. Great Build!
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  November 17, 2010
I didn't have to read the description to get all the imagery, you did well at that!
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  November 17, 2010
Awesome train and it's smoke. Cool trees too.
Tom Simon
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Thoy Bradley
  November 16, 2010
That forced perspective is one of the best I've seen, very well done! ~Thoy
Tom Simon
Pascal Schmidt
  November 16, 2010
Insane, what an illusion! The side view was very surprising for me.
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  November 16, 2010
The train alone worth 5 stars, never mind the whole scene.Lovely figure as well.
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  November 16, 2010
Nicely done, wasn't expecting the lateral shot to look as it did. Very nice. Lee.
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  November 16, 2010
Wow - that forced perspective really worked well.
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  November 16, 2010
Excellent work, this is very nice!
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  November 16, 2010
Even if you wouldn't be able to recognize things possibly copied from sets, your building skills are amazing! I'm glad to hear you'll be able to help. I'll send you an invite to the contest group right now.
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  November 16, 2010
Well done indeed!
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  November 16, 2010
Quoting Ethan M. I'm working on getting a forced perspective contest started and was wondering if you would be willing and available to help judge it. I'd appreciate it if you'd reply to this comment to let me know!
I'll certainly say yes. Don't want to withhold contributing to the community. But I must warn you, I'm not a very experienced builder. If someone posts elements copied from a Lego set, I will probably not recognize that, for example.
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  November 16, 2010
Quoting Mr. Xenomurphy Shame on me, but my first thought was Polar Express, not Doctor Zhivago. Sorry, sometimes Im a philistine. Nevertheless I fell in love with the trees. Great atmosphere.
Dude, are you kidding? I'm tickled pink anyone here knows what Dr Zhivago is. Thanks for the comment!
  November 16, 2010
Thats really neat!
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  November 16, 2010
Best trees ever!
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  November 16, 2010
I'm working on getting a forced perspective contest started and was wondering if you would be willing and available to help judge it. I'd appreciate it if you'd reply to this comment to let me know!
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  November 16, 2010
Shame on me, but my first thought was Polar Express, not Doctor Zhivago. Sorry, sometimes Im a philistine. Nevertheless I fell in love with the trees. Great atmosphere.
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  November 16, 2010
An excellent build and the forced perspective is icing on the cake!
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  November 16, 2010
Very nice MOC and photography techniques! I really like how the red boiler sticks out of the scenery.
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  November 16, 2010
Great build! Love the B&W set up and the red boiler. If you're not so into photography, there's an easy way out--photoediting! If you're interested, there's a group, and plenty of help if you want: http://www.mocpages.com/group.php/13655
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  November 16, 2010
Yeah, me too! I thought it was sooooo long! really cool! :D
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  November 16, 2010
Very nice! The forced perspective is good, and the train is cool. I really like the snow blade on the front.
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  November 16, 2010
Well, you had me fooled! VERY nice trees, I must say.
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  November 16, 2010
Until you pointed it out I hadn't even noticed the reflection Tom. Love the image, very clever technique for the perspective and the trees are gorgeous. I'm with you on the photography - I wish I had a clever gnome to pass my MOCs onto to who could light, photograph and edit my piccys will I had a nap. No such luck.
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  November 16, 2010
Amazing!
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  November 16, 2010
Nice, you had me fooled here, that forced perspective worked very well, great job
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  November 16, 2010
Quoting Hans DendauwNPD As for the window reflection
No man, the windows in question are high up in a vaulted room, and I'm not getting the ladder. Besides, I did block some but started losing too much light. And I fought the good fight last night for 5 hours. Yuck!
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  November 16, 2010
I just love your trees! Great scene you created and the blank headed figure adds to the mood. As for the window reflection, and this may sound sarcastic, maybe you could cover it with a blanket? You might also try using your body to block the reflection or you could take your pics in the evening and avoid the issue all together. Regardless, it looks great!~H
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  November 16, 2010
Everything is perfect. The trees are flawless, and I love the emphasis of the red against the black and white.
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  November 16, 2010
Can't believe I forgot to rate this. 5 of course..
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  November 16, 2010
Coooool
  November 16, 2010
This is great. I have dim memories of the book and film but this little scene brings it all back.. and I wasn't ready for just how short the train really is.. a masterful piece of trompe l'oeil.
 
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