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Tag Archives: Soviet Union

Agony: The Life and Death of Rasputin
7.0

Agony: The Life and Death of Rasputin

Details the life of the Russian monk Rasputin. The film shows his rise to power and how it corrupted him. His sexual perversions and madness ...
Dersu Uzala
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Dersu Uzala

Aug. 02, 1975

Dersu Uzala

A military explorer meets and befriends a Goldi man in Russia’s unmapped forests. A deep and abiding bond evolves between the two men, one ...
The Fall of Berlin
6.1

The Fall of Berlin

Dec. 25, 1949

The Fall of Berlin

Surrounded by a few party officials, Alexei Ivanov, a stakhanovist smelter, is decorated by Stalin. The “Little Father of the ...
War and Peace
8.3

War and Peace

Mar. 14, 1966

War and Peace

War and Peace (Война и мир / Voyna i mir) is a historical epic shot between 1961-1967 and released over 1965–67. This Soviet movie, co-written ...
Welcome, or No Trespassing
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Welcome, or No Trespassing

A satirical comedy about the excessive restrictions that children face during their vacation in a Young Pioneer camp.
Bukovina, a Ukrainian Land
5.9

Bukovina, a Ukrainian Land

Bukovina, a Ukrainian Land (Буковина, зeмля Українськa / Bukovina, zemlya Ukrainskaya) is a 1940 Soviet propaganda documentary film. It was shot ...
Ballad of a Soldier
8.2

Ballad of a Soldier

Dec. 01, 1959

Ballad of a Soldier

Ballad of a Soldier (Баллада о солдате / Ballada o soldate) is a 1959 film directed by World War Two veteran, Grigoriy Chukhray. It’s one ...
In the Town of S.
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In the Town of S.

May. 25, 1967

In the Town of S.

A portrait of a Russian community in the late 19th century based on Chekhov’s stories, featuring the author as observer and narrator.
The Seagull
7.3

The Seagull

Feb. 14, 1972

The Seagull

A story based on the famous play by Anton Chekhov.
Uncle Vanya
7.4

Uncle Vanya

Jul. 26, 1971

Uncle Vanya

Andrei Konchalovsky’s Uncle Vanya surely has the greatest claim as the best screen adaptation of a Chekhov play. Featuring brooding and ...
Three from Prostokvashino
8.2

Three from Prostokvashino

Three from Prostokvashino (Трое из Простоквашино / Troye iz Prostokvashino) is a popular Soviet hand-drawn cartoon series. This first episode is ...
At Home Among Strangers, a Stranger Among His Own
7.6

At Home Among Strangers, a Stranger Among His Own

At Home Among Strangers, a Stranger Among His Own (Свой среди чужих, чужой среди своих / Svoy sredi chuzhikh, chuzhoy sredi svoikh) is a 1974 ...
The Marriage
7.1

The Marriage

Dec. 25, 1977

The Marriage

Deciding that it is time he was married, Podkolyosin, a long-time bachelor (and minor court councillor), engages a matchmaker, Fyokla, to find ...
Planet of Storms
6.5

Planet of Storms

Apr. 13, 1962

Planet of Storms

Four Soviet cosmonauts land on the planet Venus and find it teeming with life, some of it dangerous.
The Dog in the Manger
7.9

The Dog in the Manger

Jan. 01, 1977

The Dog in the Manger

A musical comedy based on classical play by Félix Lope de Vega.
Lady with the Dog
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Lady with the Dog

Jan. 28, 1960

Lady with the Dog

On holiday in Yalta, Muscovite banker Dimitri Gurov contrives to meet a young woman who walks her dog. She’s Anna Sergeyovna, trapped in a ...
The Elusive Revengers
7.4

The Elusive Revengers

Jun. 06, 1966

The Elusive Revengers

Dan’ka’s and Ksanka’s childhood in the village has been brutally ended when their father was killed by the White Guard officer ...
The House on Trubnaya
7.3

The House on Trubnaya

Jan. 01, 1928

The House on Trubnaya

Life is short and full of oppression, but that doesn’t mean Parasha can’t find love and laughter when she leaves her country home to ...
The General Line
7.2

The General Line

Nov. 07, 1929

The General Line

Also known as The Old and the New (Staroye i Novoye), The General Line illustrates Lenin’s stated imperative that the nation move from agrarian ...
Thunderstorm
6.9

Thunderstorm

Mar. 25, 1934

Thunderstorm

The cinematic adaptation of “The Storm” play by Aleksandr Ostrovsky. In a provincial town on the Volga River, the young and sensitive ...
By the Bluest of Seas
7.1

By the Bluest of Seas

Apr. 01, 1936

By the Bluest of Seas

Yussuf and Aliosha are two shipwrecked sailor on an island in the Caspian Sea. They start working has sailor and mechanic for the fishboats of ...
The Youth of Maxim
6.7

The Youth of Maxim

Jan. 28, 1935

The Youth of Maxim

A 1935 USA trade-paper reviewer called it… “an impressive and technically outstanding historical drama dealing with czarist terrorism ...
Three Songs About Lenin
6.5

Three Songs About Lenin

This documentary, made up of 3 episodes, is based on three songs sung by anonymous people in Soviet Russia about Vladimir Ilyich Lenin.
Moscow That Weeps and Laughs
7.3

Moscow That Weeps and Laughs

Young and beautiful girl (Anna Sten), lives near Moscow, earning a making hats for the fashion store in Moscow. Due to the requirements of the ...
Dream
7.2

Dream

Nov. 11, 1941

Dream

The spiritual and material misery of a group of people inhabiting the hotel of the title during the War.
Happiness
7.5

Happiness

Mar. 15, 1935

Happiness

A hapless loser (with the surname of Loser) undergoes misadventures with avaracious clergy, a tired horse, and a walking granary (among other ...
Strike
7.6

Strike

Apr. 28, 1925

Strike

The film depicts a strike in 1903 by the workers of a factory in pre-revolutionary Russia, and their subsequent suppression. The film is most ...
Kino Eye
7.2

Kino Eye

Oct. 31, 1924

Kino Eye

This landmark documentary by cinematic visionary, Dziga Vertov, promotes his then new filmmaking movement of the same name – Kino Eye ...
The Overcoat
6.8

The Overcoat

May. 10, 1926

The Overcoat

Soviet film based on Nikolai Gogol stories “Nevsky Prospekt” and “The Overcoat”.
The Magic Weaver
7.2

The Magic Weaver

Jun. 06, 1959

The Magic Weaver

In The Magic Weaver, two illustrious Soviet storytellers – writer, Yevgeny Schwartz, and director, Alexander Rou – have come together ...
General Suvorov
6.9

General Suvorov

Jan. 23, 1941

General Suvorov

Primarily a biographical documentary about the military career of Alexander Vasilvich Suvorov, who was Field Marshal of the armies of Catherine ...
Kutuzov
7.1

Kutuzov

Jun. 06, 1943

Kutuzov

A biopic about Prince Kutuzov, the defeater of Napoleon Bonaparte.
Masquerade
6.9

Masquerade

Jan. 01, 1941

Masquerade

Taken from a Lermentov play, Sergey Gerasimov’s Maskarad (1941) begins when beautiful Nina (Makarova) loses a bracelet during a masked ...
The Cigarette Girl of Mosselprom
6.9

The Cigarette Girl of Mosselprom

As she works in her tedious office job, Maria Ivanovna dreams about being married, and she has particular hopes that her co-worker Nikodim ...
My Universities
6.6

My Universities

Mar. 01, 1940

My Universities

My Universities (Moi universiteti) is the last installment of Russian director Mark Donskoy’s “Maxim Gorki” trilogy. Having ...
The Hijacking of ‘Savoy’
7.0

The Hijacking of ‘Savoy’

Based on the story, Flight 627, by A. Schepersky, The Hijacking of ‘Savoy’ is a fun, relatively unknown adventure that is a ...
Mashenka
7.5

Mashenka

Apr. 09, 1942

Mashenka

The tumultuous life of a young telegraph operator during the war years.
The Secret of the Iron Door
7.0

The Secret of the Iron Door

The Secret of the Iron Door is a film about your wishes being granted – something we all desire. One day, a bad boy fourth-grader named ...
Storm Over Asia
7.1

Storm Over Asia

Nov. 10, 1928

Storm Over Asia

In 1918 a young and simple Mongol herdsman and trapper is cheated out of a valuable fox fur by a European capitalist fur trader. Ostracized from ...
Road to Life
7.0

Road to Life

Mar. 12, 1931

Road to Life

Young hobos are brought to a new camp to become good Soviet citizens. This camp works without any guards, and it works well. But crooks kill one ...
The New Babylon
7.4

The New Babylon

Jan. 01, 1929

The New Babylon

In the early days of the industrial revolution, a young shop worker falls in love with a soldier before he goes off to war.
Kashchey the Immortal
7.2

Kashchey the Immortal

Jan. 15, 1944

Kashchey the Immortal

A beautiful maiden, Marya Morevna, gives her prospective husband, the mighty warrior Nikita Kozhemyaka, three riddles to solve before ...
My Apprenticeship
6.8

My Apprenticeship

Sep. 12, 1939

My Apprenticeship

My Apprenticeship (V lyudyakh) was the second entry in Russian director Mark Donskoy’s “Maxim Gorki” trilogy. Picking up where ...
The Last Attraction
6.9

The Last Attraction

Sep. 08, 1929

The Last Attraction

A travelling circus troupe during the Civil War. A kommissar tries to transfer the wagon into an agit-prop van. The Whites conquer the town. The ...
The Invincible
7.0

The Invincible

Jan. 01, 1983

The Invincible

The Invincible is a fun Russian movie dedicated to the memory of the legendary Russian wrestling sport – Sambo. The film is dedicated to ...
The Scarlet Flower
6.9

The Scarlet Flower

Aug. 25, 1978

The Scarlet Flower

The Scarlet Flower is a charming, family-friendly fantasy well worth watching. Once upon a time in the fairy tale Russia of hundreds of years ...
Vassilisa the Beautiful
7.4

Vassilisa the Beautiful

Based on a Russian folk tale, Vasilisa Prekrasnaya (Vasilisa the Beautiful) is about a father whose three sons go out to finds themselves brides. ...
The End of St. Petersburg
7.3

The End of St. Petersburg

The End of St. Petersburg (Russian: Конец Санкт-Петербурга, translit. Konets Sankt-Peterburga) is a 1927 silent film directed by Vsevolod ...
An Easy Life
7.3

An Easy Life

Aug. 24, 1964

An Easy Life

After graduating from the Institute of Chemical Industry, Bochkin decides to stay in Moscow and get a job as a dry cleaning manager. Doing a lot ...
Traffic Officer
7.1

Traffic Officer

Oct. 10, 1982

Traffic Officer

Traffic Officer (Инспектор ГАИ) is a fun Soviet comedy about on a perpetual feud between a traffic policeman and a powerful businessman.  One ...
Dima Gorin’s Career
6.9

Dima Gorin’s Career

Jun. 12, 1961

Dima Gorin’s Career

Dima Gorin’s Career is a touching and light tragicomedy that reveals the everyday lives of hard-working Siberians. Shot in the the ...
Outskirts
7.2

Outskirts

Mar. 24, 1933

Outskirts

Outskirts is an internationally renowned masterpiece of early sound cinema. In a remote Russian village during World War I, colorful and nuanced ...
St. Jorgen’s Day
7.1

St. Jorgen’s Day

Aug. 25, 1930

St. Jorgen’s Day

The priests, stock market officials, and police conspire to squeeze income out of pilgrims come to see relics of a Christ like figure. A pair of ...
Trees Grow on the Stones Too
7.1

Trees Grow on the Stones Too

Trees Grow on the Stones Too is an action-packed Russian-Norwegian co-production. After Vikings attack his village, Kuksja is captured and taken ...
Bed and Sofa
7.5

Bed and Sofa

Mar. 15, 1927

Bed and Sofa

Russian writer/director Abram Room never again made anything as good–or as highly individual–as his 1927 silent film Bed and Sofa. In ...
Earth
7.3

Earth

Apr. 08, 1930

Earth

In the peaceful countryside, Vassily opposes the rich kulaks over the coming of collective farming.
Volga-Volga
6.8

Volga-Volga

Apr. 24, 1938

Volga-Volga

Widely claimed to be Joseph Stalin’s favorite movie, this classic musical comedy is a must-see. The action takes place on a steamboat on ...
Little Alexander
7.1

Little Alexander

Jun. 06, 1981

Little Alexander

Little Alexander is a story about the end of WWII. It’s May, 1945 and Soviet soldiers in Germany are making efforts to create conditions ...
The Turning Point
6.3

The Turning Point

Jul. 19, 1945

The Turning Point

A Soviet 1945 film directed by Fridrikh Ermler based on a screenplay by Boris Chirskov. The film was one of the Cannes top prize winners of 1946.
Chapaev
7.3

Chapaev

Nov. 07, 1934

Chapaev

Chapaev (Чапаев) is known as one of the finest cinematic works of the Socialist Realism movement. Based on a real life Red Army commander, ...
Barbara the Fair with the Silken Hair
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Barbara the Fair with the Silken Hair

Barbara the Fair with the Silken Hair is another fun family, fantasy film by prolific director, Aleksandr Rou. The film tells the story of Tsar ...
The Village Teacher
6.6

The Village Teacher

Jun. 06, 1947

The Village Teacher

A life-long story of a romantic school teacher who left imperial St. Petersburg for teaching country children. Driven by noble intentions to ...
The Children of Captain Grant
6.8

The Children of Captain Grant

The son and daughter of a lost-at-sea captain recruit help to find him on the basis of an incomplete note found in a bottle, and encounter ...
The Commissar
7.4

The Commissar

Jun. 06, 1967

The Commissar

Klavdia Vavilova (Nonna Mordyukova) serves as a political officer – a Commissar – in the Red Army during the Russian Civil War. Her ...
The Childhood of Maxim Gorky
7.3

The Childhood of Maxim Gorky

The Childhood of Maxim Gorky (Detstvo Gorkovo) was the first of Russian director Mark Donski’s trilogy based upon Gorky’s memoirs. ...
Cosmic Journey
6.9

Cosmic Journey

Jan. 21, 1936

Cosmic Journey

Soviet cinematographers created a progressively realistic image of a journey to the moon in these early days of special effects. Scientist Pavel ...
Moscow-Cassiopeia
6.8

Moscow-Cassiopeia

Sep. 23, 1974

Moscow-Cassiopeia

This Soviet sci-fi classic by Richard Viktorov is all about a team of teenage astronauts on a cosmic journey to find intelligent life. The reason ...
The Youth of Peter
7.0

The Youth of Peter

Jun. 06, 1980

The Youth of Peter

The Youth of Peter is an epic film adaptation of Alexei Tolstoy’s novel, Peter the First. It tells the story of the rise of Russia’s first ...
The Anna Cross
7.2

The Anna Cross

Jan. 01, 1954

The Anna Cross

The Anna Cross (or Anna on the Neck) is a film adaptation of the short story of the same name by Anton Chekhov. In the story, the beautiful ...
Different Fortunes
7.2

Different Fortunes

Sep. 21, 1956

Different Fortunes

Different Fortunes is a movie about young Leningraders during the 1950s. The film’s young heroes are just leaving high school and entering ...
Three Plus Two
7.4

Three Plus Two

Jul. 03, 1963

Three Plus Two

In Three Plus Two, three male best friends go on an annual seaside camping trip only to have to compete over their favorite spot with two ...
Arsenal
7.2
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Arsenal

Feb. 25, 1929

Arsenal

Set in the bleak aftermath and devastation of the World War I, a recently demobbed soldier, Timosh, returns to his hometown Kiev, after having ...
Pirates of the 20th Century
6.7

Pirates of the 20th Century

Pirates of the 20th Century is an exciting Soviet action movie, full of adventures, stunts, and battles on the high seas. A Soviet cargo ship is ...
To The Stars By Hard Ways
5.8

To The Stars By Hard Ways

To The Stars By Hard Ways (also, Through Thorns to the Stars) is a 1980s Soviet sci-fi film about an intergalactic rescue expedition. It’s ...
The Adventures of the Little Chinese
5.0

The Adventures of the Little Chinese

Prikliouchenia Kitaïtchat (The Adventures of the little Chinese, 1928, directed by Maria Benderskaya). “…Within the initiatory ...
Through Fire, Water and…Brass Pipes
7.1

Through Fire, Water and…Brass Pipes

Through Fire, Water and…Brass Pipes is one of acclaimed director, Alexander Rou’s charming fairy tale classics. The movie is ...
Ivan Brovkin on the State Farm
7.0

Ivan Brovkin on the State Farm

Life on the virgin farmlands of the Soviet Union is difficult. But Ivan Brovkin can do anything! After serving in the Red Army, Ivan returns ...
The Property of Republic
7.1

The Property of Republic

The Property of Republic is a rip-roaring adventure classic from the Soviet Union. At the beginning of the Russian Revolution, a collection of ...
Aleksa Dundic
7.0

Aleksa Dundic

May. 18, 1958

Aleksa Dundic

Aleksa Dundic (Oleko Dundich) is joint Soviet-Yugoslav production that celebrates the life and times of a famous Serbian soldier. Dundic ...
The Little Mermaid
7.1

The Little Mermaid

Dec. 17, 1976

The Little Mermaid

This film adaptation of The Little Mermaid by Vladimir Bychkov breathed new life into the classic story by Hans Christian Andersen. A touching ...
Treasure Island
6.9
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Treasure Island

Dec. 01, 1971

Treasure Island

Brave Jim Hawkins and his friends set off in search of treasure, but the boat they chartered for this journey turned out to be a pirate ship. And ...
Father Frost
6.5
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Father Frost

May. 05, 1964

Father Frost

Father Frost is a traditional Russian fairy tale classic by director, Alexander Rou. The film tells the story of a conceited young man and a ...
Scarlet Sails
7.1

Scarlet Sails

Jun. 07, 1961

Scarlet Sails

A little girl Assol met a wizard and it has been foretold: “… it will be a fine sunny day when a beautiful ship under scarlet sail ...
Forgotten Tune for the Flute
7.4

Forgotten Tune for the Flute

A flutist in the forgotten past, at present the husband of a “big man’s” daughter and head of one of the Chief Directorate’s sections felt unwell ...
The Cossacks
6.7

The Cossacks

Jun. 28, 1961

The Cossacks

Based on a semi-autobiographical novel by the great writer Leo Tolstoy, this engrossing drama is set at the turn of the 20th century and involves ...
A Hunting Accident
7.4

A Hunting Accident

Jul. 31, 1978

A Hunting Accident

An aristocrat falls for a young woman who brings him ruin. Based on Chekhov’s story.
Tractor Drivers
6.5

Tractor Drivers

Jul. 03, 1939

Tractor Drivers

The story takes place in a Soviet placed in what is now Ukraine. A mechanic arrives in the Soviet, lead by a young independent woman driving ...
Cossacks of the Kuban
6.7
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Cossacks of the Kuban

Jun. 06, 1949

Cossacks of the Kuban

In the steppes of the Kuban love is born on two collective farms while wheat is (enthusiastically) gathered. Galina, the energetic chairwoman of ...
Gypsies Are Found Near Heaven
7.5

Gypsies Are Found Near Heaven

This colourful, music-filled and sensual melodrama based on early stories by Maxim Gorky tells the fatal love story between the beautiful and ...
Carnival Night
7.5
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Carnival Night

Dec. 29, 1956

Carnival Night

It is the New Year’s Eve and the employees of an Economics Institute are ready with their annual New Year’s entertainment program. It ...