Tag Archives: 1930s

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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Chapaev
7.3

Chapaev

Nov. 07, 1934

Chapaev

This film is based on the book about Vasili Ivanovich Chapaev (1887 – 1919) who was in real life the Commander of the 25th Division of the ...
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 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 ...
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 ...
Prometheus
6.2

Prometheus

Jan. 01, 1936

Prometheus

A film based on works and biography of the Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko (1814 – 1861).
A Severe Young Man
6.8

A Severe Young Man

Dec. 04, 1934

A Severe Young Man

The film’s content makes no concessions to the usual expectations of Soviet audiences of the 1930s. The cast of characters is extremely unlikely ...
Circus
6.8

Circus

May. 25, 1936

Circus

Circus tells the story of an American named Marion who is banished from the US because a black man impregnates her. Marion escapes to Russia to ...
¡Que Viva Mexico!
7.6

¡Que Viva Mexico!

Oct. 01, 1931

¡Que Viva Mexico!

¡Qué viva México! was a film project undertaken in 1931-32 by Soviet film-maker Sergei Eisenstein for American socialist author Upton Sinclair ...
Alexander Nevsky
7.7

Alexander Nevsky

Nov. 24, 1938

Alexander Nevsky

Alexander Nevsky (Александр Невский) is a 1938 Soviet classic directed by Sergei Eisenstein. The film depicts famed Russian historical figure, ...
Salt for Svanetia
7.8

Salt for Svanetia

May. 24, 1930

Salt for Svanetia

An ethnographic treasure that documents with visual bravado the harsh conditions of life in the isolated mountain village of Ushkul.