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Catherine (2014) subtitles [Sep. 21st, 2015|02:33 am]
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OMG guys! I'm finally done with my subtitling for the Catherine (2014) miniseries. (It's a Russian miniseries about Catherine II - aka Catherine the Great - and Peter III of Russia. A period/costume drama. It's lots of fun, even if the historical accuracy is kinda meh at times. i've mentioned it here before.) I spent like my entire summer on this project and now it's finally done!

You can watch it here.
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[User Picture]From: your_insomnia
2015-09-22 05:05 pm (UTC)
I don't need subtitles but I'm still using your links to watch because the video quality is so nice. ;D That said, I think you did a great job with the subs. You streamlined some of the phrases but I think that's the only way to deal with certain turns of phrase and idioms that are simply untranslatable. Overall, my impression is that your translation is clear and on point.

About the show itself...I'm up to episode 7 now but I still can't decide if I like it or not. I like the way it's shot--that dreamy, soft focus and I like the aesthetics--the costumes and the makeup and the sets but I'm pretty much unimpressed with everything else. The plot is cheesy at times (I mean...that scene where Elizabeth reveals what she's going to do with Peter once he's married WHILE he's sleeping on her lap...And then the camera pans to show that he's actually awake....dun dun dun...is anyone surprised?). I also think the acting is a bit weak in parts, especially from the actress playing Elizabeth. She's veering way too much into стерва category and there isn't enough charm and royalty in her to balance it out.

But I do like the actress playing Catherine and find myself really sympathetic to all her struggles so I guess that's a reason to keep watching.

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[User Picture]From: alley_skywalker
2015-09-22 08:49 pm (UTC)
Oh, wait, you know/are Russian? *did not know* EDIT: Ok I stalked your journal and have my answer now. BTW, congrats on the citizenship :)

Yea, the streamlining was necessarily sometimes. (and sometimes I was a little lazy...) Some turns of phrase, which sound find in Russian, come out really cumbersome and convoluted or just awkward in English (so much passive voice!). The idioms were a nightmare. There are definitely a few typos in there which I missed agh.

LOL yea, the storyline gets forced into a "formula" from time-to-time. I think the more I watch this, the more I see it. Although, I can take most of the corny-ness ok. The one thing that bugs me is how they obviously tried their absolute hardest to whitewash Catherine, make her into this little innocent victim. Like no.

I liked Elizabeth (IIRC Ауг is the actress) in this, but you're right. She is very...Russian, but not very royal. (She didn't strike me as bitchy though...Mildly emotionally abusive maybe.) Also I don't have enough historical background knowledge on her to make up an independent opinion on what she really should be like. Catherine's struggles are understandable, for sure. But I could never quite...identify with her? IDK. Like objectively, I get it, but I could never work up the seemingly appropriate amount of empathy for her. This is totally Peter's fault, I'm sure.

Because Peter remains my favorite thing about this. (Александр Яценко is just awesome in this part IMO.) Of course, after reading a bunch of actual historical stuff on Peter (the other thing I was doing this summer...) I can't help but wince at all the inaccuracies and stuff. (I'm still bitter at the incorrect motives given for the war with Denmark and how they neither completely ignored the reforms nor gave them their due, either.)

Basically, I have major reservations about this show, but I still enjoy it. It's going to be one of my Yuletide requests this year.


Edited at 2015-09-22 09:09 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: electricsheep82
2017-03-04 03:17 am (UTC)
The videos don't work anymore. :(
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[User Picture]From: alley_skywalker
2017-03-05 08:34 am (UTC)
Agh you're right. Youtube took them down and I forgot to re-link in this post. But you can still watch them here.
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[User Picture]From: Manole Margareta
2017-10-13 09:32 am (UTC)

episodes 10, 11, 12

Hello,

First of all, may God bless you for these subtitles! :)

And secondly, have you also done episodes 10, 11 and 12 for season 2? I cannot find them.

Thank you again for your work!
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[User Picture]From: Valerie Silleck
2017-12-31 02:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks for all your work doing this . I have watched all the videos posted .#12 is Missing. Don't leave me hanging ! Where can I see #12 w English subtitles? Thanks again
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[User Picture]From: Valerie Silleck
2017-12-31 02:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks for all your work doing this . I have watched all the videos posted .#12 is Missing. Don't leave me hanging ! Where can I see #12 w English subtitles? Thanks again
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