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Yuri Norstein: The Greatest (and Most Overlooked) Animator of All Time

Yuri Norstein: The Greatest (and Most Overlooked) Animator of All Time

Richard Wess September 15, 2021

Today marks the 80th birthday of the greatest animator of all time – Yuri Norstein (Юрий Борисович Норштейн). While Norstein is little known outside the former Soviet ...

The best Russian movies for learning Russian

The best Russian movies for learning Russian

Richard Wess September 6, 2021

Learn Russian by watching movies Russian culture is celebrated around the world for the many gems it has produced across the arts. Naturally, Russian language learners are ...

Long lost Soviet Lord of the Rings adaptation, Khraniteli, rediscovered

Long lost Soviet Lord of the Rings adaptation, Khraniteli, rediscovered

Richard Wess April 5, 2021

Even the most diehard Tolkienites have been surprised to hear last week’s latest revelation in Middle Earth fan lore. Khraniteli (Хранители), a little-known 1991 Soviet ...

The Top 25 Soviet Comedies You’ll Love to Watch

The Top 25 Soviet Comedies You’ll Love to Watch

Richard Wess January 8, 2021

When most people think of Soviet cinema, they picture arthouse classics by directors like Andrei Tarkovsky and Sergei Eisenstein, or they turn to powerful but often depressing ...

The Top Russian Christmas and New Year’s Films

The Top Russian Christmas and New Year’s Films

Richard Wess December 31, 2020

Happy New Year, all! Here are the top nine Russian and Soviet Christmas and New Year’s movies. Starting with The Irony of Fate, which millions of Russians rewatch every ...

Top 10 Russian Sci-Fi Movies

Top 10 Russian Sci-Fi Movies

Richard Wess December 11, 2020

From the earliest days of the Soviet Union, Russian artists wowed the world with some of the first science fiction classics of the 20th century. Yevgeny Zamyatin’s 1920 ...

First 20 James Bond Movies Now Free Online (for Americans)

First 20 James Bond Movies Now Free Online (for Americans)

Richard Wess December 8, 2020

The first 20 movies in the James Bond franchise are now streaming free on YouTube for American viewers. MGM has just released the first twenty James Bond films free on YouTube ...

Top 25 Russian and Soviet War Movies

Top 25 Russian and Soviet War Movies

Richard Wess December 3, 2020

This list contains the top 25 Russian war films of all time. Many of them are not well known to global audiences, but they are all more than deserving of your attention! In ...

Top 10 Russian Horror Films

Top 10 Russian Horror Films

Richard Wess October 31, 2020

Russian and Soviet cinema is famous for having relatively little horror. There are various reasons put forward for why there are so few Russian horror films. Generally the one ...

Top Podcasts for Russian Enthusiasts

Top Podcasts for Russian Enthusiasts

Richard Wess September 4, 2020

In today’s news environment, there’s plenty of media out there intermittently obsessed with all things Russian. However, this sort of coverage cannot satiate the appetite of ...