Monday, January 21, 2013

There Will Come Soft Rains (film)

There Will Come Soft Rains is a 1984 Russian animated short film based on the 1950 Ray Bradbury short story by the same name. The story can be read online here and as part of the book The Martian Chronicles. You can listen to Leonard Nimoy read it here.

The short story takes its title from the WW1-inspired Sara Teasdale poem:
There Will Come Soft Rains
There will come soft rains and the smell of the ground,
And swallows circling with their shimmering sound;

And frogs in the pools, singing at night,
And wild plum trees in tremulous white,

Robins will wear their feathery fire,
Whistling their whims on a low fence-wire;

And not one will know of the war, not one
Will care at last when it is done.

Not one would mind, neither bird nor tree,
If mankind perished utterly;

And Spring herself, when she woke at dawn,
Would scarcely know that we were gone.

The film, directed by Nozim To'laho'jayev can be viewed online here:

I remember when I first read this story. I am still affected by it. My first exposure to the film was back in 2007, and I'm reminded of it now by the blog Need Coffee.

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