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Igor Talankin – Chaykovskiy aka Tchaikovsky (1969)

Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) was perhaps the greatest Russian composer of all. This is a two-and-a-half-hour bio-pic telling of the last twenty years of his life, and of his friendship with Baroness Nadezhda von Meck (an outstanding woman of her time, who for many years was Tchaikovsky’s patroness). Read More »

Richard Viktorov – Moskva-Kassiopeya AKA Moscow-Cassiopeia (1974)

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This is, in essence, a Soviet rendition of Star Trek with a teenage crew. The story revolves around a project to send a manned spaceflight to Alpha Cassiopeia to investigate a signal received from there, and, due to the relative slowness of the fastest available engines, the trip is predicted to take something around 27 years in one direction. Therefore, a crew of teenagers is recruited – in hope than when they reach their destination, they will all be aged around 40 and capable of carrying out whatever adult actions necessary to establish First Contact. But, as always, things go awry… The storyline is split up into two parts – this is the first, dealing with the foundation of the plot and the ship’s launch. Read More »

Mikhail Kalatozov – Neotpravlennoye pismo aka The Letter Never Sent (1959)

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This film is based on the eponymous book by Valery Osipov. Four geologists are searching for diamonds in the wilderness of Siberia. After a long and tiresome journey they manage to find their luck and put the diamond mine on the map. The map must be delivered back to Moscow. But on the day of their departure a terrible forest fire wreaks havoc, and the geologists get trapped in the woods. Read More »

Lev Kulidzhanov – Prestuplenie i nakazanie AKA Crime and Punishment (1969)

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This Russian adaptation of Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment packs nearly every pivotal event from the mammoth novel into its 200 minute running time. Georgi Taratorkin stars as Raskolnikov, the impressionable student who believes himself to be above the law-and commits murder to prove his theory. Innokenti Smoktunovskiy, best known for his brilliant interpretation of the title character in the Russian Hamlet (1964), costars as police inspector Porfiry, who humbly but diligently wears down Raskolnikov’s alibi. Most cinemadaptations of Crime and Punishment end with the protagonist’s arrest; this one retains Dostoyevsky’s lengthy post-prison epilogue, in which Raskolnikov learns at long last how to be a human being.

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