USSR

Richard Viktorov – Kometa AKA A Comet (1984)

In a small coastal town,in the middle of the summer,the beaches are overcrowded,every piece of land occupied by tents and the cars of the tourists.A small group of filmmakers decide to shoot here a “masterpiece” by putting on a fake bank a ship.Suddenly,the crowd spreads the rumor that a comet will fall to the Earth very soon.At the last moment the most savvy vacationers decide to save themselves from a certain death by making some last minute unexpected changes in the script… Read More »

Abram Room – Serebristaya pyl AKA Silver Dust (1953)

Summary:
Screen version of the play «Jackals» by A. Jackobson about an American scientist-inventor of a mighty weapon of mass destruction. Read More »

Boris Barnet – Ledolom aka The Thaw (1931)

Quote:
The son of a kulak has an affair with a poor girl and an eye within the village council so that his father’s interest could be preserved. But a man reveals how the kulak intend to impoverish more the peasants and workers and get freed from taxes. Read More »

Arunas Zebriunas – Polunochnyk AKA Naktibalada AKA Nightbird (1973)

In his dreams little Tomas escapes from his every day live to experience a lot of thrilling and exciting adventures. Read More »

Kira Muratova – Peremena uchasti AKA Change of Fortune (1987)

Quote:
A lawyer is preparing to defend a rich, respected man’s wife, who killed a friend of the family who was attempting to sexually assault her. The scenario changes abruptly for all involved when the lawyer discovers a love letter from the woman to the murdered man. Read More »

Vladimir Menshov – Moskva slezam ne verit AKA Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears (1980)

Quote:
This is a life story of three girlfriends from youth to autumn ages. Their dreams and wishes, love, disillusions. Different careers. And big late love. Read More »

Yulian Kalisher – History of Soviet Puppet animation 24 – The Art of Yulian Kalisher (1983 – 1993) (DVD)


History of Soviet Puppet animation 24 – The Art of Yulian Kalisher

Yulian Kalisher ( 1935-2007) was a relative late-bloomer in the field of puppet animation. Coming from the field of puppet theatre, where he had worked in Tasjkent, Uzbekistan and in Moscow. He was hired by the Soviet TV organisation Ecran to direct puppet-plays for TV in 1971. In 1974 he was teamed up with Youri Trofimov and co-directed 3 episodes of The Wizard of Emerald City ( see DVD 17) In 1977 he realized his first solo-direction: a feature film puppet animation after a puppet play. From then on his work always stood out for its originality and inventiveness. “A New Year’s Adventure” on DVD 20 is a good example of his work between 1977 and 1982. Read More »