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Tag Archives: Soviet Union

Karlson Returns
8.1

Karlson Returns

Jan. 01, 1970

Karlson Returns

Karlson Returns is the sequel to the beloved Russian cartoon, Junior and Karlson. The housekeeper, Freken Bock, appears in Junior’s ...
A Necklace for My Beloved
6.7

A Necklace for My Beloved

A Necklace for My Beloved (Samkauli satrposatvis) is a 1971 lyrical comedy by legendary Georgian director, Tengiz Abuladze. It is based on the ...
Brief Encounters
7.4

Brief Encounters

Dec. 13, 1967

Brief Encounters

Brief Encounters is a beautiful rom-com by famed director, Kira Muratova. In the film, Nadia leaves her village for the big city where she meets ...
The Communist
7.1

The Communist

Feb. 03, 1958

The Communist

The Communist is an ideologically-ridden, but also beautifully created film. Hugely popular in the Soviet Union, the movie also won its director, ...
Rock
7.0

Rock

Jan. 19, 1988

Rock

Rock (Рок) is a cult documentary by acclaimed director, Alexei Uchitel. Better than any other film, it shows the life of the underground rock ...
Ashik Kerib
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Ashik Kerib

Jul. 03, 1988

Ashik Kerib

Ashik Kerib is a Georgian film that is acclaimed director, Sergei Parajanov’s final work. Parajanov dedicated the film to his good friend, ...
The Legend of Suram Fortress
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The Legend of Suram Fortress

The Legend of Suram Fortress is legendary director, Sergei Parajanov’s first film since his release from the Soviet Gulag prison system. ...
Fragment of an Empire
7.3

Fragment of an Empire

Oct. 28, 1929

Fragment of an Empire

Fragment of an Empire is an extraordinarily impressive classic and the epitome of the Soviet propaganda film. It tells the a story of a Russian ...
No Path Through Fire
7.5

No Path Through Fire

Dec. 25, 1967

No Path Through Fire

No Path Through Fire is acclaimed director Gleb Panfilov’s first feature film. It tells the interesting story of a talented nurse trying to ...
Dead Man’s Letters
7.6

Dead Man’s Letters

Dec. 12, 1986

Dead Man’s Letters

Dead Man’s Letters is the first feature film of the masterful director, Konstantin Lopushansky. It deals with a popular theme of the late ...
A Visitor to a Museum
7.3

A Visitor to a Museum

Mar. 14, 1989

A Visitor to a Museum

A Visitor to a Museum is a 1989 film directed by Konstantin Lopushansky. Like his earlier 1986 work, Dead Man’s Letters, it explores what a ...
There Will Be No Leave Today
6.5

There Will Be No Leave Today

This short film is a stylishly constructed thriller that will appeal to a wide range of viewers. It tells the story of a small Soviet town that ...
Boule de suif
7.4

Boule de suif

Sep. 15, 1934

Boule de suif

Boule de Suif (Пышка) is a 1934 Soviet drama by Mikhail Romm. An adaptation of the eponymous short story by Guy de Maupassant, Boule de Suif is a ...
Trial on the Road
7.9

Trial on the Road

Apr. 01, 1971

Trial on the Road

Trial on the Road (Проверка на дорогах) is the directorial debut of acclaimed director, Aleksey German. In English, it is also sometimes known as ...
My Grandmother
7.5

My Grandmother

Dec. 01, 1929

My Grandmother

The protagonist, a lazy pen-pusher, gets the sack for his bureaucratic idleness, and learns that the way back into the job market depends on ...
Days of Eclipse
7.1

Days of Eclipse

Jan. 01, 1988

Days of Eclipse

This bleak late soviet-era drama follows the career of Malyanov, a young medical school graduate who has been sent to work in Turkmenia. Here he ...
The Killers
6.6

The Killers

Jan. 01, 1956

The Killers

The Killers (Убийцы) was Andrei Tarkovsky’s first film. He co-directed this short film along with his classmates, Alexander Gordon and ...
Bezhin Meadow
6.7

Bezhin Meadow

Mar. 04, 1968

Bezhin Meadow

Bezhin Lug (Bezhin Meadow) was to be a Soviet film about a young farm boy whose father attempts to betray the government for political reasons by ...
Beginning of an Unknown Era
6.9

Beginning of an Unknown Era

Two young directors adapted the short stories of two Russian authors whose works had been banned for decades, and so their film ended up in the ...
Migrants
6.1

Migrants

Aug. 03, 1991

Migrants

Pavel and Pavelina leave their rural countryside homes and move to Moscow to find work. Once there, they find that urban life is not what they ...
Mother
6.9

Mother

Dec. 01, 1990

Mother

The social ferment in late 19th century Russia which led to the 1917 Russian Revolution is movingly portrayed in this lengthy historical drama, ...
Assassin of the Tsar
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Assassin of the Tsar

Feb. 02, 1991

Assassin of the Tsar

A new doctor from Moscow arrives at a provincial mental institution. His interest is the peculiarities of the psyche of a patient who believes ...
The Shining Path
6.2

The Shining Path

Oct. 07, 1940

The Shining Path

Tanya Morozova, an illiterate but industrious textile factory worker, finds happiness through her education and the Stakhanovite movement. She ...
Boris Godunov
6.7

Boris Godunov

May. 01, 1986

Boris Godunov

Praised for its fine photography and production design if not its narrative, Sergei Bondarchuk directed this adaptation of the tale by Alexander ...
Anna Karenina
7.1

Anna Karenina

Jan. 01, 1967

Anna Karenina

The plot of the film is the love of a married woman, Anna Karenina, and a young officer, Alexei Vronsky. Anna leaves the family in search of ...
Shine, Shine, My Star
7.6

Shine, Shine, My Star

Jun. 06, 1969

Shine, Shine, My Star

This late 60s Russian films is set in 1920, just 3 years after the October revolution. Folks had the choice between red and white, revolution and ...
Winnie-the-Pooh and a Busy Day
8.3

Winnie-the-Pooh and a Busy Day

This is the third and final episode in the three-part Russian Winnie-the-Pooh series. In this episode, Pooh searches for a tail for his friend, ...
Winnie-the-Pooh Goes Visiting
8.3

Winnie-the-Pooh Goes Visiting

This is the second episode in the three-part Russian Winnie-the-Pooh series. In this episode, Pooh and Piglet visit Rabbit for a meal with honey. ...
Winnie-the-Pooh
8.3

Winnie-the-Pooh

Jan. 01, 1969

Winnie-the-Pooh

This is the first episode in the three-part Russian Winnie-the-Pooh series. In this episode, Pooh attempts to take honey from a beehive with the ...
Triumph Over Violence
8.2

Triumph Over Violence

Dec. 31, 1965

Triumph Over Violence

Romm’s “Ordinary Fascism” pulls out all the stops in its selection of documentary material to draw the viewer not only into ...
Tchaikovsky
6.6

Tchaikovsky

Aug. 31, 1970

Tchaikovsky

The film is dedicated to the great Russian composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893). It tells of the last twenty years of the great master’s life, ...
The Dog In Boots
7.5

The Dog In Boots

Oct. 03, 1981

The Dog In Boots

The Dog in Boots by is yet another interpretation of the immortal Dumas novel, “The Three Musketeers.” What makes it special, beyond ...
A Flying Ship
8.0

A Flying Ship

Jan. 01, 1979

A Flying Ship

A story about the young princess Zabava and a poor chimney sweep named Ivan. The two are in love, but their different social status stands in ...
Fate of a Man
8.0

Fate of a Man

Aug. 01, 1959

Fate of a Man

The story of a man (Andrey Sokolov) whose life was ruthlessly crippled by World War II. His wife and daughters were killed during the bombing of ...
Waterloo
7.3

Waterloo

Oct. 26, 1970

Waterloo

After defeating France and imprisoning Napoleon on Elba, ending two decades of war, Europe is shocked to find Napoleon has escaped and has caused ...
Moscow Strikes Back
6.9

Moscow Strikes Back

Feb. 23, 1942

Moscow Strikes Back

This movie, the Soviet Union’s first Academy Award, is still the only Russian-language winner of the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature. The ...
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 ...
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
7.4
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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 ...