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Post by jeroeno » March 31st, 2018, 8:19 pm

60. Dorogoy tsenoy (1957)

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Post by psychotronicbeatnik » March 31st, 2018, 8:44 pm

Final Total: 29 (& that's it for me, comrades. Thanks for hosting, Funky. :cheers: )

25 – 29. Shorts (Russian Female Animation) {302 minutes total = 5 points}
a. Gusi-lebedi (1949) Aleksandra Snezhko-Blotskaya, Ivan Ivanov-Vano / FTV / Rating: 8 {19 min.}
b. Crane’s Feathers (1977) Ideya Garanina / FTV / Rating: 8+ {10 min.}
c. Cabaret (1981) Ideya Garanina / FTV / Rating: 7+ {21 min.}
d. Bednaya Liza (1978) Ideya Garanina / FTV / Rating: 8+ {19 min.}
e. Songs of the Year of Fire (1971) Inessa Kovalevskaya / FTV / Rating: 7 {19 min.}
f. Snegir (1983) Inessa Kovalevskaya / FTV / Rating: 7+ {9 min.}
g. Kostroma (1989) Inessa Kovalevskaya / FTV / Rating: 7+ {9 min.}
h. Kartinki s vystavki (1984) Inessa Kovalevskaya / FTV / Rating: 8 {7 min.}
i. Detskiy albom (1976) Inessa Kovalevskaya / FTV / Rating: 8 {18 min.}
j. Skazka o pope i o rabotnike ego Balde (1973) Inessa Kovalevskaya / FTV / Rating: 7+ {19 min.}
k. Door (1986) Nina Shorina / FTV / Rating: 8+ {11 min.}
k. About Buka (1984) Nina Shorina / FTV / Rating: 7+ {9 min.}
l. The Canterbury Tales – Leaving London (1998) Aida Zyablikova & 9 others / FTV / Rating: 8 {27 min.}
m. The Canterbury Tales – Arriving at Canterbury (1998) Aida Zyablikova & 9 others / FTV / Rating: 8 {27 min.}
n. The Canterbury Tales – The Journey Back (2000) Aida Zyablikova & 9 others / FTV / Rating: 8 {28 min.}
o. Persey (1973) Aleksandra Snezhko-Blotskaya / FTV / Rating: 8 {19 min.}
p. Pudel (1985) Nina Shorina / FTV / Rating: 7+ {10 min.}
q. Dream (1988) Nina Shorina / FTV / Rating: 8 {11 min.}
r. The Room of Laughter (1985) Nina Shorina / FTV / Rating: 7+ {10 min.}

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1. The Cat Who Walked By Herself (1988) Ideya Garanina / FTV / Rating: 8+
2. The Night Before Christmas (1951) Valentina & Zinaida Brumberg / FTV / Rating: 7+
3. The Lost Letter (1945) Valentina & Zinaida Brumberg / FTV / Rating: 8+
4a. Sindbad-morehod (1944) Valentina & Zinaida Brumberg / FTV / Rating: 8+ {21 min.}
4b. Skazka o Saoldate (1948) Valentina & Zinaida Brumberg / FTV / Rating: 8 {20 min.}
4c. Chudesnyy kolokolchik (1949) Valentina & Zinaida Brumberg / FTV / Rating: 7 {19 min.}
5a. Fedya Zaytsev (1948) Valentina & Zinaida Brumberg / FTV / Rating: 7 {20 min.}
5b. Devochka v tsirke (1950) Valentina & Zinaida Brumberg / FTV / Rating: 7 {20 min.}
5c. Den rozhdeniya (1959) Valentina & Zinaida Brumberg / FTV / Rating: 7+ {20 min.}
6. It Was I Who Drew the Little Man (1960) Valentina & Zinaida Brumberg / FTV / Rating: 6+
7a. Shakespeare: The Animated Tales – A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1992) Robert Sahakyants / FTV / Rating: 8 {26 min.}
7b. Shakespeare: The Animated Tales – The Tempest (1992) Stanislav Sokolov / FTV / Rating: 8+ {26 min.}
7c. Polkan i Shavka (1948) Aleksandr Vasilyevich Ivanov/ FTV / Rating: 7 {9 min.}
8a. Ostrov Oshibok (1955) Valentina & Zinaida Brumberg / FTV / Rating: 7 {26 min.}
8b. Tri tolstyaka (1963) Valentina & Zinaida Brumberg / FTV / Rating: 8 {34 min.}
9a. Shakespeare: The Animated Tales – Macbeth (1992) Nikolai Serebryakov / FTV / Rating: 8 {26 min.}
9b. Shakespeare: The Animated Tales – Romeo and Juliet (1992) Efim Gamburg/ FTV / Rating: 8+ {26 min.}
9c. The Tree and the Cat (1983) Evgeniy Sivokon / FTV / Rating: 8 {10 min.}
10a. Shakespeare: The Animated Tales – Hamlet (1992) Natalia Orlova / FTV / Rating: 9 {26 min.}
10b. Shakespeare: The Animated Tales – Twelfth Night (1992) Maria Muat / FTV / Rating: 8 {26 min.}
10c. The Hare Tailor (1937) Valentina & Zinaida Brumberg / FTV / Rating: 7 {10 min.}
11a. Flight to the Moon (1953) Valentina & Zinaida Brumberg / FTV / Rating: 7 {30 min.}
11b. The Brave Tailor (1964) Valentina & Zinaida Brumberg / FTV / Rating: 8 {30 min.}
12a. Shakespeare: The Animated Tales – As You Like It (1994) Alexei Karayev / FTV / Rating: 8+ {26 min.}
12b. Shakespeare: The Animated Tales – Julius Caesar (1994) Yuri Kulakov / FTV / Rating: 9 {26 min.}
12c. Mountain of Dinosaurs (1983) Rasa Strautmane / FTV / Rating: 7+ {10 min.}
13a. Shakespeare: The Animated Tales – Richard III (1994) Natalia Orlova / FTV / Rating: 8+ {26 min.}
13b. Shakespeare: The Animated Tales – The Taming of the Shrew (1994) Aida Ziablikova / FTV / Rating: 8+ {26 min.}
13c. Krasnaya shapochka (1937) Valentina & Zinaida Brumberg / FTV / Rating: 7+ {10 min.}
14a. Styropa-moryak (1955) Valentina & Zinaida Brumberg / FTV / Rating: 7 {26 min.}
14b. Za chas do svidaniya (1965) Valentina & Zinaida Brumberg / FTV / Rating: 8 {16 min.}
14c. Pro Zluyu Machekhu (1966) Valentina & Zinaida Brumberg / FTV / Rating: 8 {18 min.}
15a. Shakespeare: The Animated Tales – The Winter’s Tale (1994) Stanislav Sokolov / FTV / Rating: 8+ {26 min.}
15b. Shakespeare: The Animated Tales – Othello (1994) Nikolai Serebryakov / FTV / Rating: 8+ {26 min.}
15c. Vinni-Pukh (1969) Fyodor Khitruk / FTV / Rating: 9 {10 min.}
16 – 20 a. Czar Duranday (1934) Valentina & Zinaida Brumberg / FTV / Rating: 8 {20 min.}
16 – 20 b. Bolshie nepriyatnosti (1962) Valentina & Zinaida Brumberg / FTV / Rating: 7+ {10 min.}
16 – 20 c. Novie Bolshie nepriyatnosti (1973) Valentina & Zinaida Brumberg / FTV / Rating: 7+ {10 min.}
16 – 20 d. The Tale of Tsar Saltan (1943) Valentina & Zinaida Brumberg / FTV / Rating: 7 {35 min.}
16 – 20 e. The Magic Wand (1972) Valentina & Zinaida Brumberg / FTV / Rating: 7+ {16 min.}
16 – 20 f. From Each Pine Forest a Tree (1974) Valentina & Zinaida Brumberg / FTV / Rating: 7+ {16 min.}
16 – 20 g. Puss ‘n’ Boots (1938) Valentina & Zinaida Brumberg / FTV / Rating: 7 {11 min.}
16 – 20 h. Ivashka i Baba-Yaga (1938) Valentina & Zinaida Brumberg / FTV / Rating: 7+ {12 min.}
16 – 20 i. Mashinka vremini (1967) Valentina & Zinaida Brumberg / FTV / Rating: 7+ {22 min.}
16 – 20 j. Kot v sapogakh (1968) Valentina & Zinaida Brumberg / FTV / Rating: 7+ {18 min.}
16 – 20 k. Ogon (1971) Valentina & Zinaida Brumberg / FTV / Rating: 7 {15 min.}
16 – 20 l. The Fulfillment of a Wish (1957) Valentina & Zinaida Brumberg / FTV / Rating: 7 {29 min.}
16 – 20 m. Tayna dalekogo ostrova (1958) Valentina & Zinaida Brumberg / FTV / Rating: 7 {28 min.}
16 – 20 n. Palka virychalka (1956) Valentina & Zinaida Brumberg / FTV / Rating: 7 {20 min.}
16 – 20 o. Kapriznaya printsessa (1969) Valentina & Zinaida Brumberg / FTV / Rating: 8 {19 min.}
16 – 20 p. The Canterville Ghost (1972) Valentina & Zinaida Brumberg / FTV / Rating: 8+ {19 min.}
21. Zakoldovannyy malchik (1955) Aleksandra Snezhko-Blotskaya, Vladimir Polkovnikov / FTV / Rating: 8
22. Snegurochka (1952) Aleksandra Snezhko-Blotskaya, Ivan Ivanov-Vano / FTV / Rating: 8
23a. Argonavty (1971) Aleksandra Snezhko-Blotskaya / FTV / Rating: 6+ {20 min.}
23b. Skazka o myortvoy tsarevne i o semi bogatyryakh (1951) Aleksandra Snezhko-Blotskaya, Ivan Ivanov-Vano / FTV / Rating: 7+ {30 min.}
23c. Verlioka (1957) Aleksandra Snezhko-Blotskaya / FTV / Rating: 8 {10 min.}
24. Dikie Lebedi (1962) Vera Tsekhanovskaya, Mikhail Tsekhanovskiy/ FTV / Rating: 8

25 – 29. Shorts (Russian Female Animation) {302 minutes total = 5 points}
a. Gusi-lebedi (1949) Aleksandra Snezhko-Blotskaya, Ivan Ivanov-Vano / FTV / Rating: 8 {19 min.}
b. Crane’s Feathers (1977) Ideya Garanina / FTV / Rating: 8+ {10 min.}
c. Cabaret (1981) Ideya Garanina / FTV / Rating: 7+ {21 min.}
d. Bednaya Liza (1978) Ideya Garanina / FTV / Rating: 8+ {19 min.}
e. Songs of the Year of Fire (1971) Inessa Kovalevskaya / FTV / Rating: 7 {19 min.}
f. Snegir (1983) Inessa Kovalevskaya / FTV / Rating: 7+ {9 min.}
g. Kostroma (1989) Inessa Kovalevskaya / FTV / Rating: 7+ {9 min.}
h. Kartinki s vystavki (1984) Inessa Kovalevskaya / FTV / Rating: 8 {7 min.}
i. Detskiy albom (1976) Inessa Kovalevskaya / FTV / Rating: 8 {18 min.}
j. Skazka o pope i o rabotnike ego Balde (1973) Inessa Kovalevskaya / FTV / Rating: 7+ {19 min.}
k. Door (1986) Nina Shorina / FTV / Rating: 8+ {11 min.}
k. About Buka (1984) Nina Shorina / FTV / Rating: 7+ {9 min.}
l. The Canterbury Tales – Leaving London (1998) Aida Zyablikova & 9 others / FTV / Rating: 8 {27 min.}
m. The Canterbury Tales – Arriving at Canterbury (1998) Aida Zyablikova & 9 others / FTV / Rating: 8 {27 min.}
n. The Canterbury Tales – The Journey Back (2000) Aida Zyablikova & 9 others / FTV / Rating: 8 {28 min.}
o. Persey (1973) Aleksandra Snezhko-Blotskaya / FTV / Rating: 8 {19 min.}
p. Pudel (1985) Nina Shorina / FTV / Rating: 7+ {10 min.}
q. Dream (1988) Nina Shorina / FTV / Rating: 8 {11 min.}
r. The Room of Laughter (1985) Nina Shorina / FTV / Rating: 7+ {10 min.}

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Post by OldAle1 » April 1st, 2018, 2:36 am

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1. Sumerki zhenskoi dushi / Twilight of a Woman's Soul (Yevgeni Bauer, 1913)



2. Poema o more / Poem of the Sea (Yuliya Solntseva, 1958)
3. Zacharovannaya Desna / The Enchanted Desna (Yuliya Solntseva, 1964)
4. Pikovaya dama / The Queen of Spades (Yakov Protazanov, 1916)
5. Two half-hour shorts, total run-time 60 minutes

Domik v Kolomne / The Little House in Kolomna (Pyotr Chardynin, 1913)
Proekt inzhenera Prayta / Engineer Prite's Project (Lev Kuleshov, 1918)
6. Povest plamennykh let / The Story of the Flaming Years (Yuliya Solntseva, 1961)

The middle part of the loose trilogy that also encompasses Poema o more and Zacharovannaya Desna, all based on writings by the director's late husband Aleksandr Dovzhenko, memories and reveries and stories of his Ukranian childhood, young adulthood, and World War II. This is a bit more overly propagandistic than the other two I think, and there are also some elements of the narrative (such as it is) near the ending that I didn't really comprehend - poor subtitles and sometimes poor image quality probably had something to do with this, but also perhaps some culturally specific elements. At any rate this has all the virtues of the other films - simply amazing photography and a vastness of scale that put humans as small insects against the power of nature, hugely impressive camerawork including a couple of exceptional tracking shots, an early one that zooms out of a doorway and up and down a hillside through groups of people. I probably like this about as much as Poema and a little less than Desna but in any case watching the rest of Solntseva's films is now a real priority.

7. Voskhozhdenie / The Ascent (Larisa Shepitko, 1977) (re-watch)

I wasn't actually sure I had seen this before, but I had it listed, and I'm pretty sure that I saw it as a double feature with Krylya (which I do remember, though not that well) at the Film Center in Chicago in the late 90s. Most likely I saw both of them in the evening after work and slept through most of the second film; that kind of thing used to happen to me all the time, even during great films. Anyways I remembered bits and pieces while watching, particularly the scene with the village headman and much of the last half hour which also very much recalls Paths of Glory. At any rate this is an extraordinary film fully deserving of it's high rep and I don't know how much I have to say about it that's new or interesting. It's certainly one of the great war films and given that Shepitko's husband Elem Klimov made one of the few war films that might be better, I have to wonder just how much the ghosts of a war neither experienced as an adult stayed with them through their lives. I suppose the signal element that struck me throughout was how real the feeling of cold and desolation were, much more so than most films set in winter or winter war; and the way in which our main protagonist Rybak develops over the course of the film is also remarkably real.

8. Russkaya Lolita / Russian Lolita (Armen Oganezov, 2007)

Sometimes a horny guy just wants to watch some softcore crap about a nubile young lass cavorting around naked and making it with an older dude. Sometimes such a film comes along that fits a challenge. This is one of those films. And there's not really much more to say about it; pure ultra-cheap exploitative crap that has nothing to do with the novel by Nabokov except in the *thinnest* way possible. I have to stop it with this stuff, this was unbearable at 90 minutes even though the lead "actress" was fantastically cute.

9. Vozvrashchenie / The Return (Andrey Zyvagintsev, 2003)

I had previously seen Leviafan a couple of years ago, which I loved, but even the dourness of that film did not prepare me for this utterly bleak and totally mesmerizing chunk of cinema. Essentially a metaphysical journey undertaken by two boys with their father who has returned as if from the dead after more than a decade - they don't even remember him and have to look at photographs - this goes in places that were completely unexpected and continues to build in power and hardness though much is left unexplained and oblique - including the ending. This is also one of those rare cases where a muted, washed-out color scheme really works, in part because the harsh contrast really makes you aware of the reality of the settings - it doesn't feel colorless just for some commercial effect, but as a mirror of the depressing lives we see and the absolute hopelessness endemic in the situations. And...
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1. Bez svideteley/Without Witness - https://letterboxd.com/allisoncm/film/without-witness/
2. Ironiya sudby, ili S legkim parom! aka Irony of Fate or Enjoy Your Bath

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Post by OldAle1 » April 1st, 2018, 5:56 am

Вперед, советскийShow

1. Sumerki zhenskoi dushi / Twilight of a Woman's Soul (Yevgeni Bauer, 1913)
2. Poema o more / Poem of the Sea (Yuliya Solntseva, 1958)
3. Zacharovannaya Desna / The Enchanted Desna (Yuliya Solntseva, 1964)
4. Pikovaya dama / The Queen of Spades (Yakov Protazanov, 1916)
5. Two half-hour shorts, total run-time 60 minutes

Domik v Kolomne / The Little House in Kolomna (Pyotr Chardynin, 1913)
Proekt inzhenera Prayta / Engineer Prite's Project (Lev Kuleshov, 1918)

6. Povest plamennykh let / The Story of the Flaming Years (Yuliya Solntseva, 1961)
7. Voskhozhdenie / The Ascent (Larisa Shepitko, 1977) (re-watch)
8. Russkaya Lolita / Russian Lolita (Armen Oganezov, 2007)
9. Vozvrashchenie / The Return (Andrey Zyvagintsev, 2003)

10. Animated shorts - Vinni-Pukh (Fyodor Khitruk, 1969), Vinni-Pukh idyot v gosti (Fyodor Khitruk, 1971), Vinni-Pukh i den zabot (Fyodor Khitruk/Gennady Sokolsky, 1972), Moya lyubov (Aleksandr Petrov, 2006) 11+10+21+26 m = 67 m total

The Vinni shorts are quite charming, with the last and longest, charting the woods' inhabitants attempts to make cranky Eeyore's birthday special the best. Don't quite get why they are all on the IMDb shorts list, but thinking about IMDb makes my head hurt. The Petrov is excellent, and the first of his films that strikes me as maybe more than just "beautiful" which they certainly all are. The subs on the copy I watched gradually grew out of synch though; a re-watch is in order to see if the story has as much to it as I think it might.
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Post by Mate_cosido » April 1st, 2018, 6:03 am

24. Kukushka - The Cuckoo (2002, Aleksandr Rogozhkin)

25. Gamlet - Hamlet (1964, Grigori Kozintsev)

26. Komissar - The Commissar (1967, Aleksandr Askoldov)

27. Odna - Alone (1931, Grigori Kozintsev, Leonid Trauberg)

28. Ballada o soldate - Ballad of a Soldier (1959, Grigoriy Chukhray) *rewatch

29. Evdokiya (1961, Tatyana Lioznova)
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1. Khlib - Bread (1929, Nikolai Shpikovsky)

2. U samogo sinego morya - By the Bluest of Seas (1936, Boris Barnet, Samad Mardanov)

3. Tri pesni o Lenine - Three Songs About Lenin (1934, Dziga Vertov)

4. Mashenka (1942, Yuli Raizman)

5. Tretya meshchanskaya - Bed and Sofa (1927, Abram Room)

6. Zamri, umri, voskresni! - Freeze Die Come to Life (1990, Vitali Kanevsky)

7. Posle smerti - After Death (1915, Yevgeni Bauer)

8. Lursmani cheqmashi - Nail in the Boot (1931 Mikhail Kalatozov)

9. Krylya - Wings (1966, Larisa Shepitko)

10. Oligarkh - Tycoon: A New Russian (2002, Pavel Lungin)

11. Dolgie provody - A Long Goodbye (1971, Kira Muratova)

12. V ogne broda net - No Path Through Fire (1968, Gleb Panfilov)

13. Kavkazskaya plennitsa, ili Novye priklyucheniya Shurika - Kidnapping, Caucasian Style (1967, Leonid Gayday)

14. Potomok Chingis-Khana - Storm Over Asia (1928, Vsevolod Pudovkin)

15. Baby ryazanskie - Women of Ryazan (1927, Ivan Pravov, Olga Preobrazhenskaya)

16. Nachalo nevedomogo veka - Beginning of an Unknown Era (1967, Larisa Shepitko, Andrey Smirnov)

17. Chapaev (1934, Sergey Vasilev, Georgi Vasilyev)

18. Zemlya - Earth (1930, Aleksandr Dovzhenko)

19. Tri topolya na Plyushchikhe - Three Poplars at Plyuschika (1968, Tatyana Lioznova)

20. Dom na Trubnoy - Parasha (1928, Boris Barnet)

21. Motociklu vasara (1975, Uldis Brauns)

22. Korol Lir - King Lear (1971, Grigori Kozintsev, Iosif Shapiro)

23. Durak - The Fool (2014, Yuriy Bykov)

24. Kukushka - The Cuckoo (2002, Aleksandr Rogozhkin)

25. Gamlet - Hamlet (1964, Grigori Kozintsev)

26. Komissar - The Commissar (1967, Aleksandr Askoldov)

27. Odna - Alone (1931, Grigori Kozintsev, Leonid Trauberg)

28. Ballada o soldate - Ballad of a Soldier (1959, Grigoriy Chukhray) *rewatch

29. Evdokiya (1961, Tatyana Lioznova)
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Post by sebby » April 1st, 2018, 6:39 am

03. The Forty-First - 3.5/10

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Post by funkybusiness » April 1st, 2018, 12:16 pm

14. Ivan's Childhood (1962) [2nd viewing, increased rating]
15. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson: Part One (1980)
16. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson: Part Two (1980)
17. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson: Part Three (1980)
18. The Hound of the Baskervilles: Part One (1981)
19. The Hound of the Baskervilles: Part Two (1981)
20. The Treasures of Agra: Part One (1983)
21. The Treasures of Agra: Part Two (1983)
22. The Twentieth Century Approaches: Part One (1986)
23. The Twentieth Century Approaches: Part Two (1986)
24. Bronenosets Potemkin (1925) [2nd viewing]
25. Vesyolye rebyata (1934)
26. Zolushka (1947)
27. Viy (1967)
--. Vinni Pukh shorts 2 [2nd viewing] & 3

The Sherlok Kholms series was a hoot. Vitaly Solomin might be my favorite Watson. interesting restructuring of the stories, at times, while remaining very faithful to the text.

Moscow Laughs was very technically achieved (by Eisenstein's co-director, no less) but it was like if you made people who were raised in a closet and had never experienced comedy watch the worst five minutes of WC Fields oeuvre, and told them to go make a movie of mistaken identities about a shepherd, a gold digger and her housemaid and basically the only jokes are either 1. beat someone up or 2. the shepherd is a goat fucker. Monty's favorite film basically.

I finished the month off with Viy, which is how every month should end.

I've got a ton of stuff left to watch so I'll probably keep posting my viewings in a film log (search elsewhere~~)

I also did some reading this month.
Robert Bird - Andrei Rublev (BFI Film Classics, re-read)
Fyodor Dostoyevsky - Notes from the Underground
Jay Leyda - Kino (~40%)
David Bordwell - The Cinema of Eisenstein (~30%)
Leo Tolstoy - War and Peace (~1/3rd)
The New Penguin Russian Course (~1/10th спасибо)
I meant to read Oblomov but my copy took forever to arrive and and finally showed up like 5 days ago. so, next month.
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02. Kinonedelya eps. 25, 31, 31v2, 32, 32v2, 33, 34
03. Kinonedelya + Kino Pravda [ep. 35]+[eps. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 13]
04. Kino Pravda eps. 15, 17, 18, 19
05. Kino Pravda eps. 20, 21, 22
06. Kino Pravda ep 23+ Sovietskie igrushki (1924) + Dnevnik Glumova (1923) + Ubiytsy (1956) + Vinni-Pukh (1969) [2nd viewing]
07. Semnadtsat mgnoveniy vesny (1972) Ep. 01
08. Semnadtsat mgnoveniy vesny (1972) Ep. 02
09. Sherlok Kholms i doktor Vatson: Znakomstvo (1979)
10. Sherlok Kholms i doktor Vatson: Krovavaya nadpis (1979)
11. Stachka (1925) [2nd viewing]
12. Segodnya uvolneniya ne budet (1959)
13. Katok i skripka (1961)
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Post by funkybusiness » April 1st, 2018, 12:17 pm

and I'll wait until later Sunday before posting the final results in case there are some latecomers for their final posts.

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Post by Nopros » April 1st, 2018, 12:45 pm

4. Vozvrashchenie Maksima (1937)
5. Vyborgskaya storona (1939)

Didnt even manage to complete my goal of six movies. :D Better take a break from challenges for a month or two.
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2. Gori, gori, moya zvezda (1970)
3. A zori zdes tikhie (1972)
4. Vozvrashchenie Maksima (1937)
5. Vyborgskaya storona (1939)

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Post by Fergenaprido » April 1st, 2018, 2:55 pm

3. Elena (2011) - 7.8
4. Konyok-Gorbunok [The Humpbacked Horse] (1947) - 7.2 - also animation challenge
5. Zakoldovannyy malchik [The Enchanted Boy] (1955) - 7.4 - also female director & animation challenges
6. Nezhnost [Tenderness] (1967) - 7.8
7. Alenkiy tsvetochek [The Scarlet Flower] (1952) - 7.4 - also animation challenge
8. Blokada [Blockade] (2006) - 7.2
9. Astenicheskiy sindrom [The Asthenic Syndrom] (1989/1990) - 5.6 - also female director challenge
10. Strasti po Andreyu [Andrey Rublev/Andrei Rublyov] (1966) - 7.6
11. Shorts part 1 &
12. Shorts part 2 (148 minutes total) - The Story of One Crime; There Lived Kozyavin; Bolero; Milk; The Flying Boat; A Bag Full of Apples; Wow, a Talking Fish!; In the Blue Sea, White Foam; Krokodil Gena; Cheburaska; Tayna [Mystery] - all of which were also animated except for Tayna

I got off to a slow start, but caught up in the end. Also managed to finally watch the one film from each Andrey that was holding me back from completing their filmographies in chronological order. I enjoyed both (Elena & Andrei Rublyov), but I'm more looking forward to their next efforts.
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1. Tikhiye stranitsy [Whispering Pages] (1994) - 3.0 - this was so incredibly boring; another reviewer called this pretentious and I'm inclined to agree. Too long, yet blissfully short. Not a fan of this director.
2. Bronenosets Potyomkin [Battleship Potemkin] (1925) - 8.0 - silent masterpiece that has earned it's place in the pantheon.

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Post by St. Gloede » April 1st, 2018, 6:24 pm

I had not expected to see this many, so very happy with the results, I also caught a Soviet film this morning (The Devil Wheel, 1926) but I am not counting it. Always good to focus on Russia/Soviet, though this time I sadly just got one new favorite (Swan Lake - The Zone).
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The strange thing about my "Russian" challenge so far is that it is only a minority of the below Soviet films that are from the Russian provinces.

1. Sedmoy sputnik / The Seventh Moon (1968, Grigori Aronov & Aleksey German)
Stark and brave, German's debut (granted as a co-director) has the same level of visual strength and the same mellow tone as his closest follow-ups. However, it feels a little aimless, moving through several stories, coming back to one, before throwing us out on the battlefield. The emotional core however is great. We follow a lost previous general (teacher of law), as he tries to navigate the new communist rule. The scenes in the "prison" are the strongest, and I love how it keeps showing the communists in an equally bad light as "the whites", but it could have been even more powerful. The look of our leads tired and lost face is however a vision of incredible power. 8/10


2. Nezhnost / Tenderness (1967, Elyer Ishmukhamedov)
With Tenderness and his 1970 effort The Lovers Elyer Ishmukhamedov emerges as one of the great young directors and potential future masters of his age. The new wave atmosphere, lose flowing stories, brief character portrays, en-capsuled love and beauty and fantastically serene visuals makes his films incredible experience. He could be compared to Gay Gilles or Istvan Gaal, but he is entirely his own creation. Sadly there were smaller things stopping his films from climbing up to be utterly brilliant, but both are great, and seeing a director clearly better than his work is incredibly promising. I hope more of his films become available, though they do seem less impressive. 8/10.


3. Znoy (1963, Larisa Shepitko)
A wonderful but small portrait of a team of tractor drivers doing their duty at the outskirts of society. The overdramatization of their job seems inline with soviet silent cinema, and feels slightly off, but the focus on the individuals, the importance of their actions and the sense of duty still makes it an intriguing portrait. It manages to catch something truly sensual and human, I just wish it had gone a little further. 7.5/10.


4. Bilyy ptakh z chornoyu vidznakoyu / The White Bird Marked with Black (1971)
Starting with the best experience of the 4, The White Bird Marked with Black made me want to run to rewatch "The Eve". It's surrealistic stylings and spectacularly colorful fable invoked all the greatness and strengths of his previous efforts. It's largest victory was it's attention to set-design, and colour. It seemed each part of the background was expertly designed, and the nature shots were incredible as well. Taking us through the Soviet arrival in Ukraine, Ilyenko creates a plateau of brothers against brothers in a violent and unfair world. It feels like a violent dance, much like a 70s Jancso, but far more expressive. It plays with outbursts and excessive mannerisms, is often off key, but this adds to the atmosphere. Movement is still, at times, his slight downfall, and he doesn't reach the height of contemporaries like Parajanov and Tarkovsky, but it is still a phenomenal experience. 8-8.5/10.


5. Poloska neskoshennych dikikh tsvetov (1980)
This does not actually have an english title, and only has 14 votes on IMDb, which is a shame as it is quite the experience. It does however feel nothing like the previous efforts I had experienced, aside from still feeling slightly off when it comes to blocking. Poloska is a roughly shot and edited film covering an equally rough soul - a young restless child sent to reformery school. The bluntness of the cinematic language here fits incredibly well and adds a lot of feeling. It is almost as if his inner state is explored. Clearly low budget and you feel it, we still get a film with incredible emotion. It's key flaw is it's naive bluntness, which somehow also transforms into a bit of a pushed message, and the ending somply seemed too forced on this note. However, seeing the way the child is chased, his close captures, jumps, and dreams of freedom in such a fashion as expressed here, is almost spellbinding. If only it was a little more refined and altered in places it could truly have been something. 7-7.5/10.


6. Lesnaya pesnya. Mavka / Mavka - Song of the Forest (1981)
I was really exited to see Mavka as it seemed like a return to fantastical, surrealistic form - and it is, however, in a bit of a weakened state. This film also had spellbinding visuals, but they were a bit more rare, with a lot of it feeling far more plain and ordinary. He takes a far more minimalist approach, with minimal dialog and sound as he explores legends of wood nymphs and other magical creatures living in a forest and interacting with humans. The main failing here is the attempts at humor, and some of the costumes simply feeling a bit cheap/silly. In fact I'm sad to say I was a little reminded of Rou's atrocious Baba Yaga. No, not as silly, in fact it is still a good film - but a tougher sell. There is still a lot of creativity, a couple of scenes even feeling proto-Malick in camera movement - but it could have been done so much better. 6/10.


7. Mechtat i zhit (1974)
Another small and forgotten Ilyenko, and here with just 10 votes, so I'm not sure if anyone else has seen it. Like Poloska it does not have en English name, and it is not set in the past, but it is still remarkably striking. Larisa Kadochnikova seems to essentially star as herself, with pictures from several of her previous films, and interestingly Ilyenko himself plays a love interest. The print is poor, but so many visual ideas work, as the film forms a strange meta-commentary on life, acting and fascism. It actually feels a lot like the post new-wave leftist films popping up around the same time in France. Frequently creative, borderline surreal, the portrait is simply lovely. 7.5-8/10.


8. Saba (1929, Mikheil Chiaureli)
Beautifully directed and shot, but absolutely ridiculously overdramatisized cautionary tale against alcoholism. As it falls short of being a style exercise it ends up in murkier waters. 5/10.


9. Magdanas lurja / Magdana's Donkey (1956, Tengiz Abuladze & Rezo Chkheidze)

A lovely little film about a poor family's love for the donkey they nurse back the health. It is a little thin and overdramatic, but is still very beautifully done. 7/10.


10. Obyknovennoe chudo / Ordinary Wonder (1979, Mark Zakharov)
Overuse of music that just doesn't fit, but me off from the very beginning, though it does pick up somewhat it just didn't strike me as well directed, and the tame musical jokes and general plot all fell somewhat flat. 5/10.


11. Lebedyne ozero. Zona / Swan Lake - The Zone (1990, Yuri Ilyenko)
This is such a beautifully ugly wonder, filled with striking symbols and despicably unsettling scenes, as it carves out a expressively minimalist goodbye to a failing Soviet Union. The fact that it is shot in a real prison, with real prisoners as extras (the same prison Parajanov was in, which it makes clear, and it is based on short stories he wrote while there) Ilyenko manages to create a truly wonderful film that if it can be criticized feels a little off with it's "romance", but then each aspect is off, raw and mostly far from logical or realistic. There is a an ugly poetical (anti-)realism that is achieved - truth through the iconoclastic and absurd - and it is pampered with metaphors, many of which I surely did not get. Absolutely wonderful cinema. 9/10.


12. Zacharovannaya Desna / The Enchanted Desna (1964, Yuliya Solntseva)
An atmospheric and poetic love letter to Ukraine, which isn't too striking or poignant, but is still a very nice viewing. 6/10.


13. Ty i ya / You and Me (1971, Larisa Shepitko)
A really quirky new wavey film from Sheptiko that feels a lot like lesser films from the Polish or Czech new waves. The playful nature is very fun, but it is just missing something at the core, and is slightly off the mark on the somewhat larger themes it seems to be playing with. 7/10.


14. Pastorali (1975, Otar Iosseliani)
Just like Aprili this Iosseliani film was beautifully shot film, but at the same time didn't capture any feelings strong enough to truly draw me in. It is largely plotless, focused on country life and how how a small community reacts to a musician group staying over the summer. The interaction, especially during the rehearsal scenes, are quite beautiful, but it wasn't enough to spellbind me and the film ended up feeling more flat than it should be. 6.5/10.

15. Vedreba / The Plea (1967, Tengiz Abuladze)
Constructed from poems this take on the rough Georgian lands is visually stunning, fluid and very different. All the scenes are staged around the poems, sometimes part of dialog, but often narrated. This might make it feel slightly detached, but tied together with minimalist tales of brutality, and great shots of the Georgian landscape and villages, this is quite the unusual journey. 8/10.


16. Dikaya sobaka Dingo / The Wild Dog Dingo (1962, Yuli Karasik)
A great coming of age story, covering the traditional tropes but in a refreshing way. It was also great seeing such a strong young female lead in the 60s. 8/10.


17. Tri topolya na Plyushchikhe / Three Poplars at Plyuschikha Street (1968, Tatyana Lioznova)
Though the story structure is slightly off-tune, this is a simply spectacular look at morality as a woman trapped in a loveless marriage, but clinging to virtues, is exposed to the life of the city. This is beautifully told, and even better framed, but the actual journey feels a little too short. Tatyana Lioznona on the other hand proves herself to be a phenomenal director, elevating the slightly thin story into absolute greatness of potential hopes and wishes. 8.5/10.


18-21. Voyna i mir / War and Peace (1966, Sergey Bondarchuk)
Epic proportions, but I didn't feel the characters and the story, largely due to the over dramatization. Still, really well made, albeit often being a bit too flashy with the camera work, without being consistent. Good, but despite the length, nothing too special, sadly. 6/10.


22. Solovki (1929, Aleksandr Cherkasov)
Propaganda look at what is essentially a prison colony for those refusing communism. Despite this unique angle it is sadly just a dry ad dull depiction of what the prisoners do, what they can consume, and of course how they might become good communists. Distant show and tell, little more. 5/10. (Not currently on IMDb/ICM).


23. Bolnye nervy / Nerves (1929, Noi Galkin)
Essentially an educational drama about nerves/stress, and how you, well ... shouldn't. Well enough made, but little to offer. 5/10.


24. Evdokiya (1961, Tatyana Lioznova)
A family saga spanning decades, and even covering some tabu themes. It is missing the visual flavor and character insight of Lioznova's next film Three Poplars at Plyuschika, relying of semi-cute narration and an emotional core I didn't quite fall for. It is a very good film, but I had hoped for a little more. 7/10.


25. Odna (1931, Grigori Kozintsev & Leonid Trauberg)
Sadly this is a semi-talkie retake of the silent, and as such feels awkward. It is really well framed and directed, and the first film from the duo with clear shades of brilliance, with the exception of the near masterpiece New Babylon. Sadly I have kept hoping for a repeat, but nothing has stuck, everything feeling watered down or just too genuine and straight in it's communistic belief, without putting on the strong visual creativity. There were many moments in Odna where they did play with visual ideas, but it is still a very straight story of a young teacher going to one of the tribal areas of the soviet Union. Here she sees their lives, reminders of their old non-Soviet lifestyle and we even have a corrupt Soviet leader. The drama is simple, but strong - and even with a few awkward songs added to the soundtrack it comes off as a very good film.

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Post by RogerTheMovieManiac88 » April 1st, 2018, 7:02 pm

Watched a grand total of 2!

'Aleksandr Nevskiy' / 1938 / Sergei Eisenstein, Dmitriy Vasilev / RV / 10/10
'Sorok pervyy' / 1956 / Grigoriy Chukhray / RV / 9/10

Thanks for hosting, funky!
That's all, folks!

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Post by funkybusiness » April 2nd, 2018, 11:22 am

aaaand we're done.


Final Results:
jeroeno 60
72allinncallme 42
Mate_cosido 29
psychotronicbeatnik 29

funkybusiness 27
St. Gloede 25
weirdboy 18
jdidaco 16
cinephage 13b
Fergenaprido 12
3eyes 11
OldAle1 10
edward5 8
Ivan0716 8
maxwelldeux 8
Nopros 5
sol 4
flavo5000 3
sebby 3
allisoncm 2
Gorro 2
hurluberlu 2
lynchs 2
RogerTheMovieManiac88 2
Simba63 2
blocho 1
India Istanbul 1
jvv 1
nimimerkillinen 1

congrats, everybody, and you're welcome for hosting.

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Post by maxwelldeux » April 3rd, 2018, 3:44 am

I was a little surprised to learn we've run six Russian challenges over the years, though we haven't run one since 2015. So without further ado, here's the all-time leaderboard for official Russian challenges:

Official Russian Challenges Leaderboard
RankParticipantTotal Score# Challenges Competed InTotal Number of Films Watched for Official ChallengesAverage Rank in ChallengesNumber of Challenge Wins
1 3eyes 65 6 89 6.00 2
2 cinephage 45.5 5 31 8.40 0
3 Nopros 44 4 68 6.50 1
4 funkybusiness 40 3 38 7.00 0
5 burneyfan 34 3 72 3.33 0
6 St. Gloede 31 2 39 5.50 0
7 jeroeno 29 1 60 1.00 1
7 mjf314 29 3 42 3.67 0
9 72allinncallme 28 1 42 2.00 0
9 sushantv10 28 2 67 1.50 1
11 psychotronicbeatnik 26.5 1 29 3.00 0
11 Armoreska 26.5 3 82 5.33 2
11 Mate_cosido 26.5 1 29 3.00 0
14 HVM 26 2 31 2.50 0
15 Local Hero -- aka MestnyiGeroi 25 4 25 7.75 0
16 XxXApathy420XxX 24 3 25 6.67 0
17 Fergenaprido 23 2 14 12.00 0
17 weirdboy 23 1 18 7.00 0
19 allisoncm 22 5 17 12.40 0
19 jdidaco 22 1 16 8.00 0
21 OldAle1 18 1 10 12.00 0
22 maksler 16.5 1 16 2.00 0
23 maxwelldeux 16 1 8 13.00 0
23 edward5 16 1 8 13.00 0
23 Ivan0716 16 1 8 13.00 0
26 blocho 14.5 2 9 16.50 0
27 kingink 13.5 1 33 1.00 1
28 sol 13 1 4 17.00 0
29 Sebby 11.5 1 3 18.00 0
29 flavo5000 11.5 1 3 18.00 0
29 ataraxick 11.5 1 19 3.00 0
32 Knaldskalle 11 3 6 10.67 0
33 marazmatique 10 1 11 3.00 0
34 Sir Plebeian 9 1 8 6.00 0
35 PeacefulAnarchy 8.5 1 5 10.00 0
35 ororama 8.5 1 5 10.00 0
37 aces 8 1 6 7.00 0
38 Simba63 7.5 1 2 20.00 0
38 Gorro 7.5 1 2 20.00 0
38 lynchs 7.5 1 2 20.00 0
38 RogerTheMovieManiac88 7.5 1 2 20.00 0
38 hurluberlu 7.5 1 2 20.00 0
43 Daviddoes 7 1 9 6.00 0
44 Lilarcor 6 1 3 8.00 0
44 mathiasa 6 1 3 13.00 0
44 Kasparius 6 1 13 6.00 0
47 jonas2k 5 1 3 8.00 0
48 bubar 4 1 6 8.00 0
48 darkflame 4 1 2 9.00 0
48 Gershwin 4 1 5 9.00 0
48 nimimerkillinen 4 2 2 19.50 0
52 rokp 3.5 1 2 11.00 0
53 beeswax 3 1 5 9.00 0
53 Melvelet 3 1 2 14.00 0
53 esiersdale 3 2 3 12.00 0
56 India Istanbul 2.5 1 1 26.00 0
56 jvv 2.5 1 1 26.00 0
58 Kowry 1 1 3 11.00 0

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Post by funkybusiness » April 3rd, 2018, 3:49 am

thanks for the stats, maxwell. Fourth woo!!

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