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Dziga Vertov – Tri pesni o Lenine AKA Three songs about Lenin (1934)

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The legendary Dziga Vertov’s most personal and deeply felt film, as well as the touchstone of his brilliant career. Three Songs of Lenin reveals the Russian leader as seen through the eyes of the Russian people represented in three songs. The first, “In a Black Prison Was My Face,” concerns the life of a young Muslim woman. “We Loved Him” deals with the life and death of Lenin himself. The third song, “In the Great City of Stone” shows the accomplishments of his glorious rule. Read More »

Igor Alejnikov & Gleb Alejnikov – Tractors and other shorts (1984 – 1987)

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From an article by Natasha Drucbek-Meyer:

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Russian Parallel Cinema is a unique tradition. It appeared in the Soviet Union in the beginning of the 80s and existed as if there were no strong system of official film. It appeared when world experimental film had 50 years history, but never gave a glance at it.

In the end of the 80s, Parallel Cinema came into fashion, as a part of underground culture. The next decade started with strong desire to bury it, as a part of perestroika fashion. Today the third generation of Parallel Cinema is active. <…>

Social identification of the Parallel Cinema group of film and video makers started in underground and close to CINE FANTOM (historically incorrect name) magazine, the first and only Russian independent selfprinted magazine devoted to cinema. It was founded in Moscow in 1986 by Igor Aleinikov and existed until 1991.

In 1987 the first CINE FANTOM festival was held in Moscow. Since 1995 the CINE FANTOM club exists. If you type you”ll find the CINE FANTOM site. If you type in net search “Russian film”, you”ll find the CINE FANTOM site again.
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Tatyana Lioznova – Semnadtsat mgnoveniy vesny aka Seventeen moments of spring (1973)

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Stirlitz is a soviet spy who infiltrated in the Hitler’s headquarters from many years ago. Now, with the enemy at gates, in the days previous to the Berlin’s fall, in one country not prepared for the defeat, Stirlitz is confronted with his final task, discover a secret encounter in Switherland between the americans and a Himmler’s man to plan the destiny from a postwar new German, with Hitler dead, the soviet out, and the SS like principal actor into the shadows. In seventeen days that shock the world, Stirlitz, cornered, moves cautelously in a world of suspicion and fear, with the sounds of bombs day after day more and more closer, involved in a dangerous investigation about his person from one of his superior more closer everyday from discover his real identity. Read More »

Yevgeni Karelov – Tretiy taym aka The Third Half (1963)

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At the heart of the film is a real fact: a football match between a team of German invaders and our prisoners of war. This happened in Kiev in 1942. The price of victory for the Soviet team is death. In the event of the victory of the Germans, freedom was promised to the Russians …- The prize for the heroic-patriotic decision of the sports theme at the 1st WCF of sports films in Moscow (1966) Read More »

Aleksey Batalov – Shinel AKA The Overcoat (1959)

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Adapted from a story by Nikolai Gogol, Rolan Bykov plays Akakiy Akakiyevich, a civil servant whose purchase of a new overcoat results in a more active social calendar. On the way home from a party, his coat is stolen, and Akakiy dies of hypothermia; shortly thereafter, his ghost returns to Earth to steal the coats of St. Petersburg’s most influential citizens.
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Andrei Tarkovsky – Andrey Rublyov (1966) DVD

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Presented as a tableaux of seven sections in black and white, with a final montage of Rublev’s painted icons in color, the film takes an unflinching gaze at medieval Russia during the first quarter of the 15th century, a period of Mongol-Tartar invasion and growing Christian influence.

Commissioned to paint the interior of the Vladimir cathedral, Andrei Rublev (Anatoli Solonitsyn) leaves the Andronnikov monastery with an entourage of monks and assistants, witnessing in his travels the degradations befalling his fellow Russians, including pillage, oppression from tyrants and Mongols, torture, rape, and plague. Faced with the brutalities of the world outside the religious enclave, Rublev’s faith is shaken, prompting him to question the uses or even possibility of art in a degraded world. After Mongols sack the city of Vladimir, burning the very cathedral that he has been commissioned to paint, Rublev takes a vow of silence and withdraws completely, removing himself to the hermetic confines of the monastery. Read More »

Ali Khamrayev – Sedmaya pulya aka The Seventh Bullet (1974)

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Classic movie….
2 July 2009 | by drakon_ultra (Israel)

Classic post Russian civil war movie. The movie is based on the conflict between the new atheistic communist government that ruled in Uzbekistan after the 1917 revolution in Russia and the traditional laws of Islam that Uzbek people believing for thousand years. The main character is communist officer Maksumov that organized an local communist squad for fighting with anti-government Islamic elements powered by international aid lead by England. The main anti hero is Hairulla the leader of this elements… The movie starts when Maksumov back from an capital and finding that all his squad abandon the post and moved for Hairula forces, Maksumov starting to get out a plan for backing his squad to explain them that Islamic way of life is past and the Soviet rules are much better for them… Read More »