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Post by sol » January 20th, 2019, 10:34 am

From Russia with LoveShow
1. Solaris (1972) REVISION
2. Solaris (1968)
3. Loveless (2017)
4. Kin-dza-dza ! (1986)
5. Test Pilot Pirx (1979)
6. A Dream Come True (1963)
7. Guest from the Future: Ep. 1 (1984)
8. Guest from the Future: Ep. 2 (1984)
9. Guest from the Future: Ep. 3 (1984)
10. Guest from the Future: Ep. 4 (1984)
11. Guest from the Future: Ep. 5 (1984)
12. Sportloto-82 (1982)
13. Night Watch (2004)
14. Cinderella (1947)
15. Elena (2011)
16. Gamlet (1964)
17. Zvenigora (1928)
18. The Circus (1936)
19. Repentance (1984)
20. Volga Volga (1938)
21. Our Century (1983)
22. Bed and Sofa (1927)
23. Fate of a Man (1959)

24. The Beginning (1970)

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A film about an actress playing Joan of Arc who has constructed a delusion in which a neighbour is unhappily married and willing to run away with her; things invariably get awkward as she tries to seduce him. Unfortunately, the film is much more about this than it ever is about her acting or how she feels playing the role, which made the film feel unfocused to me. The out-of-order structure was confusing at first too. Inna Churikova simply shines in the lead role though and remains empathetic even when her actions are borderline insane.
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Post by ororama » January 20th, 2019, 2:30 pm

1. Mermaid (2007) * 100 min.


*First time viewing.

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Post by maxwelldeux » January 20th, 2019, 5:12 pm

Time to learn about who's running my countryShow
1. Dom na Trubnoy (1928)
2. Ostrov AKA The Island (2006)
3. Chelovek-Amfibiya AKA Amphibian Man (1962)
4. Ivan the Terrible, Part I (1945)
5. Oktyabr (1928)
6. Zemlya AKA Earth (1930)
7. Ivan the Terrible, Part II (1958)
8. Aerograd (1935)
9. Vozvrashchenie (2003)
10. Stachka AKA Strike (1925)

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#164

Post by Knaldskalle » January 21st, 2019, 12:56 am

40. The Diamond Arm (Gaidai, 1969). The swinging sixties, Soviet Style. Not funny.

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1. Operation 'Y' and Other Shurik's Adventures (Gaidai, 1965)
2. Kin-Dza-Dza! (Daneliya, 1986)
3. Kidnapping, Caucasian Style (Gaidai, 1967)
4. Aerograd (Dovhzenko, 1935)
5.-9. The Meeting Place Cannot Be Changed (1979). TV Miniseries.
10.-14. Guest from the Future (1985). TV Miniseries.
15.-26. Seventeen Moments of Spring (1973). TV Miniseries.
27. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson: The Acquaintance (1979). TV Miniseries.
28. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson: The Bloody Inscription (1979). TV Miniseries.
29. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson: King of Blackmailers (1980). TV Miniseries.
30. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson: Mortal Fight (1980). TV Miniseries.
31. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson: The Hunt for the Tiger (1980). TV Miniseries.
32-33. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson: The Hound of the Baskervilles (1981). TV Miniseries.
34-35. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson: The Treasures of Agra (1983). TV Miniseries.
36-37. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson: The 20th Century Begins (1986). TV Miniseries.
38. Enthusiasm (Vertov, 1930)
39. Arshin Mal-alan (Leschenko & Takhmasib, 1945)
40. The Diamond Arm (Gaidai, 1969). The swinging sixties, Soviet Style. Not funny.
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Post by clemmetarey » January 21st, 2019, 7:27 am

12. Molokh (1999) 5/10

13. Nachalo/The Begining (1970) 6/10
I agree with sol, although it's easy to draw a parallel between her life and the life of Joan of Arc, and I think that's what the film was hinting us at.

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1. Kavkazskaya plennitsa, ili Novye priklyucheniya Shurika (1967) 6/10
2. Aelita (1924) 4/10
3. Pikovaya dama (1916) 4/10
4. Krug vtoroy (1990) 7/10
5. Igla (1988) 5/10
6. Solntse (2005) 6/10
7. Vozvrashchenie (2003) 8/10
8. Oktyabr (1928) 5/10
9. Poselenie (2002) 6/10
10. Aleksandra (2007) 6/10
11. Utomlennye solntsem (1994) 7/10
12. Molokh (1999) 5/10
13. Nachalo (1970) 6/10

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#166

Post by jeroeno » January 21st, 2019, 7:30 am

48. Aziris nuna (2006)
49. Pervye na Lune (2005)
50. Skazka o poteryannom vremeni (1964)

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Post by Knaldskalle » January 21st, 2019, 4:03 pm

41. The Golden Key (Ptushko, 1939). Pinocchio, Soviet Style. The effects are really well done and the twists on the familiar story keep it interesting. I liked it.

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1. Operation 'Y' and Other Shurik's Adventures (Gaidai, 1965)
2. Kin-Dza-Dza! (Daneliya, 1986)
3. Kidnapping, Caucasian Style (Gaidai, 1967)
4. Aerograd (Dovhzenko, 1935)
5.-9. The Meeting Place Cannot Be Changed (1979). TV Miniseries.
10.-14. Guest from the Future (1985). TV Miniseries.
15.-26. Seventeen Moments of Spring (1973). TV Miniseries.
27. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson: The Acquaintance (1979). TV Miniseries.
28. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson: The Bloody Inscription (1979). TV Miniseries.
29. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson: King of Blackmailers (1980). TV Miniseries.
30. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson: Mortal Fight (1980). TV Miniseries.
31. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson: The Hunt for the Tiger (1980). TV Miniseries.
32-33. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson: The Hound of the Baskervilles (1981). TV Miniseries.
34-35. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson: The Treasures of Agra (1983). TV Miniseries.
36-37. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson: The 20th Century Begins (1986). TV Miniseries.
38. Enthusiasm (Vertov, 1930)
39. Arshin Mal-alan (Leschenko & Takhmasib, 1945)
40. The Diamond Arm (Gaidai, 1969). The swinging sixties, Soviet Style. Not funny.
41. The Golden Key (Ptushko, 1939)
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Post by jdidaco » January 22nd, 2019, 12:16 am

(Screenshots from 'Prodavetz vozdukha' & 'Dvenadtsat mesyatsev')

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15. Prodavetz vozdukha/Prodaviets vozdoukha (The Air Seller, Vladimir Ryabtzev, 1967) 7.5/10 (Ukraine)
16. Lebedinoe ozero (The Swan Lake, Apollinari Dudko & Konstantin Sergeyev, 1969) 8/10
17. Dvenadtsat mesyatsev (The Twelve Months, Anatoliy Granik, 1973) 7.5/10
18. Zvyozdny inspektor (The Star Inspector, Mark Kovalyov & Vladimir Polin, 1980) 6/10

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1. Dom, kotoryy postroil Svift (The House That Swift Built, Mark Zakharov, 1982) 9.5/10
2. Na zlatom kryltse sideli (Sitting on the Golden Porch, Boris Rytsarev, 1987) 8/10
3. Proekt inzhenera Prayta (Engineer Prite's Project, Lev Kuleshov, 1918) 7/10 (30 min) + Skazka o rybake i rybke (Fishmonger and the Fish, Aleksandr Ptushko, 1937) 9/10 (30 min) (Total: 60 min)
4. Dvoryanskoe gnezdo (A Nest of Gentry, Andrey Konchalovskiy, 1969) 8.5/10
5. Bolshoe kosmicheskoe puteshestvie (The Big Space Travel, Valentin Selivanov, 1975) 6.5/10
6. Zerkalo dlya geroya (Mirror for a Hero, Vladimir Khotinenko, 1988) 9/10
7. Klyuch (The Key, Lev Atamanov, 1961) 7/10
8. Luna (The Moon, Pavel Klushantsev, 1965) 8/10
9. Pie bagatas kundzes (Serving a Rich Mistress, Leonids Leimanis, 1969) 9.5/10 (Latvia)
10. Belyy tigr (White Tiger, Karen Shakhnazarov, 2012) 8/10
11. Ne goryuy!/Ar daidardo (Don't Grieve, Georgiy Daneliya, 1969) 9.5/10 (Georgia)
12. Tam, na nevedomykh dorozhkakh... (Along Unknown Paths, Mikhail Yuzovsky, 1983) 7.5/10
13. Zhena kerosinshchika (Kerosene Salesman's Wife, Aleksandr Kaydanovskiy, 1989) 10/10
14. Podzemelye vedm (The Witches Cave, Yuriy Moroz, 1990) 7/10

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Post by sol » January 22nd, 2019, 4:11 am

From Russia with LoveShow
1. Solaris (1972) REVISION
2. Solaris (1968)
3. Loveless (2017)
4. Kin-dza-dza ! (1986)
5. Test Pilot Pirx (1979)
6. A Dream Come True (1963)
7. Guest from the Future: Ep. 1 (1984)
8. Guest from the Future: Ep. 2 (1984)
9. Guest from the Future: Ep. 3 (1984)
10. Guest from the Future: Ep. 4 (1984)
11. Guest from the Future: Ep. 5 (1984)
12. Sportloto-82 (1982)
13. Night Watch (2004)
14. Cinderella (1947)
15. Elena (2011)
16. Gamlet (1964)
17. Zvenigora (1928)
18. The Circus (1936)
19. Repentance (1984)
20. Volga Volga (1938)
21. Our Century (1983)
22. Bed and Sofa (1927)
23. Fate of a Man (1959)
24. The Beginning (1970)

25. Heart of a Dog (1988)

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This film benefits from an intriguing premise and presented in sepia style black and white with initial dog point-of-view shots, it looks great too. Clocking in at over two hours though, the project quickly becomes repetitive, not dwelling nearly enough on the halfway stages between being dog and human, and then subsequently showing the same stuff with his difficulties fitting into the human world. Vladimir Tolokonnikov is remarkably sympathetic though as well as convincing a former dog. Some thought-provoking ethical and identity questions arise too.
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Post by sol » January 22nd, 2019, 11:39 am

From Russia with LoveShow
1. Solaris (1972) REVISION
2. Solaris (1968)
3. Loveless (2017)
4. Kin-dza-dza ! (1986)
5. Test Pilot Pirx (1979)
6. A Dream Come True (1963)
7. Guest from the Future: Ep. 1 (1984)
8. Guest from the Future: Ep. 2 (1984)
9. Guest from the Future: Ep. 3 (1984)
10. Guest from the Future: Ep. 4 (1984)
11. Guest from the Future: Ep. 5 (1984)
12. Sportloto-82 (1982)
13. Night Watch (2004)
14. Cinderella (1947)
15. Elena (2011)
16. Gamlet (1964)
17. Zvenigora (1928)
18. The Circus (1936)
19. Repentance (1984)
20. Volga Volga (1938)
21. Our Century (1983)
22. Bed and Sofa (1927)
23. Fate of a Man (1959)
24. The Beginning (1970)
25. Heart of a Dog (1988)

26. Days of Eclipse (1988)

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This future-set Russian drama feels more like a collection of vignettes as various things (not least the heat) distract a gay author from his writing. The most interesting of these comes in the second half as he lustfully takes a preteen boy into his home, feeds him, shares a bed with him... and perhaps more. The boy disappears just about as soon as he enters though, and the rest of the film is simply melancholy. Add in perplexing visuals that randomly change between sepia and normal colours, and this ambitious film sadly didn't do much for me.
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Post by clemmetarey » January 22nd, 2019, 3:11 pm

14. Aerograd (1935) 4/10
A far cry from Earth and Arsenal.

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1. Kavkazskaya plennitsa, ili Novye priklyucheniya Shurika (1967) 6/10
2. Aelita (1924) 4/10
3. Pikovaya dama (1916) 4/10
4. Krug vtoroy (1990) 7/10
5. Igla (1988) 5/10
6. Solntse (2005) 6/10
7. Vozvrashchenie (2003) 8/10
8. Oktyabr (1928) 5/10
9. Poselenie (2002) 6/10
10. Aleksandra (2007) 6/10
11. Utomlennye solntsem (1994) 7/10
12. Molokh (1999) 5/10
13. Nachalo (1970) 6/10
14. Aerograd (1935) 4/10

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Post by Mate_cosido » January 22nd, 2019, 5:36 pm

10. Raduga - The Rainbow (1944, Mark Donskoy)

11. Pervyy uchitel - The First Teacher (1965, Andrey Konchalovskiy)

12. Dersu Uzala (1975, Akira Kurosawa) *rewatch
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1. Morozko - Jack Frost (1965, Aleksandr Rou)

2. Alyonka (1961, Boris Barnet)

3. Aleksandr Nevskiy (1938, Sergei M. Eisenstein, Dmitriy Vasilev)

4. Zhenshchina - Woman's World (1932, Efim Dzigan, B. Shreyber)

5. Istoriya Asi Klyachinoy, kotoraya lyubila, da ne vyshla zamuzh - The Story of Asya Klyachina (1966, Andrey Konchalovskiy)

6. Pyat nevest - Five Brides (1930, Aleksandr Solovyov)

7. Moskva slezam ne verit - Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears (1980, Vladimir Menshov)

8. Telokhranitel - The Bodyguard (1979, Ali Khamraev)

9. Protsess o tryokh millionakh - Three Thieves (1926, Yakov Protazanov)

10. Raduga - The Rainbow (1944, Mark Donskoy)

11. Pervyy uchitel - The First Teacher (1965, Andrey Konchalovskiy)

12. Dersu Uzala (1975, Akira Kurosawa) *rewatch

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Post by albajos » January 22nd, 2019, 8:16 pm

05. Soy Cuba (1964) Cuba | Soviet Union 12 official lists 1 889 checks [double]

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04. Aleksandr Nevskiy (1938)
02. Ivan Groznyy (1945)
03. Ivan Groznyy. Skaz vtoroy: Boyarskiy zagovor (1958)
01. Russkiy kovcheg (2002)
05. Soy Cuba (1964)

Year
04. Aleksandr Nevskiy (1938)
02. Ivan Groznyy (1945)
03. Ivan Groznyy. Skaz vtoroy: Boyarskiy zagovor (1958)
05. Soy Cuba (1964)
01. Russkiy kovcheg (2002)

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02. Ivan Groznyy (1945) 18
04. Aleksandr Nevskiy (1938) 13
03. Ivan Groznyy. Skaz vtoroy: Boyarskiy zagovor (1958) 12
05. Soy Cuba (1964) 12
01. Russkiy kovcheg (2002) 8

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01. Russkiy kovcheg (2002) 3 768
02. Ivan Groznyy (1945) 2 356
04. Aleksandr Nevskiy (1938) 2 191
05. Soy Cuba (1964) 1 889
03. Ivan Groznyy. Skaz vtoroy: Boyarskiy zagovor (1958) 1 804

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Post by blocho » January 23rd, 2019, 1:44 am

4. Two Comrades Were Serving

Nice, simple movie about two red army comrades during the civil war, with a great supporting turn by Vysotsky as a fiery white officer.

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Post by sol » January 23rd, 2019, 3:46 am

From Russia with LoveShow
1. Solaris (1972) REVISION
2. Solaris (1968)
3. Loveless (2017)
4. Kin-dza-dza ! (1986)
5. Test Pilot Pirx (1979)
6. A Dream Come True (1963)
7. Guest from the Future: Ep. 1 (1984)
8. Guest from the Future: Ep. 2 (1984)
9. Guest from the Future: Ep. 3 (1984)
10. Guest from the Future: Ep. 4 (1984)
11. Guest from the Future: Ep. 5 (1984)
12. Sportloto-82 (1982)
13. Night Watch (2004)
14. Cinderella (1947)
15. Elena (2011)
16. Gamlet (1964)
17. Zvenigora (1928)
18. The Circus (1936)
19. Repentance (1984)
20. Volga Volga (1938)
21. Our Century (1983)
22. Bed and Sofa (1927)
23. Fate of a Man (1959)
24. The Beginning (1970)
25. Heart of a Dog (1988)
26. Days of Eclipse (1988)

27. The Forty-First (1956)

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Shot in colour and deliberate low lighting, this film is often stunning to look at with some great long distance shots of silhouetted figures and much eeriness to the sandy dunes they traverse. Lethargic dissolves are used well too and the shimmer of water is magically captured. The politics are tiresome though as the two lovers are divided on their stance on the world, plus she is pro-war while he is against it. What really works against the film though is its proposal that strong-willed, independent women need men in their lives to be content in life. Ugh.
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Post by jeroeno » January 23rd, 2019, 5:28 am

51. Zvyozdny inspektor (1980)

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Post by sol » January 23rd, 2019, 9:32 am

From Russia with LoveShow
1. Solaris (1972) REVISION
2. Solaris (1968)
3. Loveless (2017)
4. Kin-dza-dza ! (1986)
5. Test Pilot Pirx (1979)
6. A Dream Come True (1963)
7. Guest from the Future: Ep. 1 (1984)
8. Guest from the Future: Ep. 2 (1984)
9. Guest from the Future: Ep. 3 (1984)
10. Guest from the Future: Ep. 4 (1984)
11. Guest from the Future: Ep. 5 (1984)
12. Sportloto-82 (1982)
13. Night Watch (2004)
14. Cinderella (1947)
15. Elena (2011)
16. Gamlet (1964)
17. Zvenigora (1928)
18. The Circus (1936)
19. Repentance (1984)
20. Volga Volga (1938)
21. Our Century (1983)
22. Bed and Sofa (1927)
23. Fate of a Man (1959)
24. The Beginning (1970)
25. Heart of a Dog (1988)
26. Days of Eclipse (1988)
27. The Forty-First (1956)

28. Moscow Laughs (1934)

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Also known as Jolly Fellows, chaos ensues when a lowly shepherd is mistaken for a concert musician in this comedy. Highlights include a highbrow party that goes awry when he turns up with an ox tied to his arm and a rehearsal that breaks out into a fight in which music is unintentionally made by players being dragged along their own harps and so on. The film is visually inventive to boot too with a breathtaking tracking shot at a beach that glides along for minutes on end, a glorious gradual pullback final shot, and birds like music bars and notes against power lines.
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Post by sol » January 23rd, 2019, 12:53 pm

From Russia with LoveShow
1. Solaris (1972) REVISION
2. Solaris (1968)
3. Loveless (2017)
4. Kin-dza-dza ! (1986)
5. Test Pilot Pirx (1979)
6. A Dream Come True (1963)
7. Guest from the Future: Ep. 1 (1984)
8. Guest from the Future: Ep. 2 (1984)
9. Guest from the Future: Ep. 3 (1984)
10. Guest from the Future: Ep. 4 (1984)
11. Guest from the Future: Ep. 5 (1984)
12. Sportloto-82 (1982)
13. Night Watch (2004)
14. Cinderella (1947)
15. Elena (2011)
16. Gamlet (1964)
17. Zvenigora (1928)
18. The Circus (1936)
19. Repentance (1984)
20. Volga Volga (1938)
21. Our Century (1983)
22. Bed and Sofa (1927)
23. Fate of a Man (1959)
24. The Beginning (1970)
25. Heart of a Dog (1988)
26. Days of Eclipse (1988)
27. The Forty-First (1956)
28. Moscow Laughs (1934)

29. Metamorphosis (2002) REVISION

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Cast as Kafka's protagonist, Evgeniy Mironov provides a very physical performance here with his muscles, fingers and toes constantly flexing as he plays himself in vermin version. The film has a superb sound design too with the audio deliberately accentuated at times. The moody music is also pitch perfect, especially during the train nightmare. Best of all though is how the film deeply shows both sides of the tale; both the protagonist's view as well as the perspective of his family trying, but failing, to adapt to their son/brother's new identity. #20 in my all-time favourites list.
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Post by weirdboy » January 23rd, 2019, 4:49 pm

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1. Aerograd AKA Frontier (1935) - Aleksandr Dovzhenko
2-13. Semnadtsat mgnoveniy vesny AKA Seventeen Moments of Spring (1973) - Tatyana Lioznova
14. Aelita: Queen of Mars - 1924 - Yakov Protazanov
15-16. A few shorts [149 minutes]
a. Shakhmatnaya goryachka (Chess Fever) - 1925 - Vsevolod Pudovkin,Nikolai Shpikovsky [short - 28 mini]
b. Ditya bolshogo goroda AKA Child of the Big City (1914) - Yevgeny Bauer [short - 37 min]
c. Kivski Freski (1966) - Sergei Parajanov [short - 15 min]
d. Slava - nam, smert' - vragam (Glory to Us, Death to the Enemy!) - 1914 - Yevgeny Bauer [short - 32 min]
e. Grozy AKA Daydreams (1915) - Yevgeny Bauer [short - 37 min]
17. Vostochnaya elegiya AKA Eastern Elegy/Oriental Elegy (1996) - Aleksandr Sokurov
18. Nochnoy dozor AKA Night Watch (2004) - Timur Bekmambetov
19. Faust (2011) - Aleksandr Sokurov
20. Elegiya dorogi AKA Elegy of a Voyage (2001) - Aleksandr Sokurov
21. Entuziazm (Simfoniya Donbassa) AKA Enthusiasm (1931) - Dziga Vertov

This is a strange movie. The best description I can think of is "experimental propaganda". It's very quirky and it almost feels like the director is mocking the film censors. This is one of the first uses of sound for the director, and he does some crazy stuff with it. As a propaganda film it's not even close to my favorite along these lines (Turksib), but it's worth seeing for its sometimes excellent visuals and frenetic editing.

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Post by Knaldskalle » January 23rd, 2019, 7:13 pm

42. Moscow Laughs (Aleksandrov, 1934). What sol said, except I found it only moderately entertaining.

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1. Operation 'Y' and Other Shurik's Adventures (Gaidai, 1965)
2. Kin-Dza-Dza! (Daneliya, 1986)
3. Kidnapping, Caucasian Style (Gaidai, 1967)
4. Aerograd (Dovhzenko, 1935)
5.-9. The Meeting Place Cannot Be Changed (1979). TV Miniseries.
10.-14. Guest from the Future (1985). TV Miniseries.
15.-26. Seventeen Moments of Spring (1973). TV Miniseries.
27. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson: The Acquaintance (1979). TV Miniseries.
28. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson: The Bloody Inscription (1979). TV Miniseries.
29. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson: King of Blackmailers (1980). TV Miniseries.
30. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson: Mortal Fight (1980). TV Miniseries.
31. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson: The Hunt for the Tiger (1980). TV Miniseries.
32-33. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson: The Hound of the Baskervilles (1981). TV Miniseries.
34-35. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson: The Treasures of Agra (1983). TV Miniseries.
36-37. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson: The 20th Century Begins (1986). TV Miniseries.
38. Enthusiasm (Vertov, 1930)
39. Arshin Mal-alan (Leschenko & Takhmasib, 1945)
40. The Diamond Arm (Gaidai, 1969)
41. The Golden Key (Ptushko, 1939)
42. Moscow Laughs (Aleksandrov, 1934)
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Post by Coryn » January 23rd, 2019, 7:15 pm

I see I haven't been included in the rankings.

I saw a total of 1 film for this challenge: Stalker (1979)
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Post by Knaldskalle » January 23rd, 2019, 7:53 pm

Coryn wrote:
January 23rd, 2019, 7:15 pm
I see I haven't been included in the rankings.

I saw a total of 1 film for this challenge: Stalker (1979)
Your first post was January 18th. The rankings were last updated January 16th. I'm guessing that's why.
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Post by Coryn » January 23rd, 2019, 7:55 pm

Knaldskalle wrote:
January 23rd, 2019, 7:53 pm
Coryn wrote:
January 23rd, 2019, 7:15 pm
I see I haven't been included in the rankings.

I saw a total of 1 film for this challenge: Stalker (1979)
Your first post was January 18th. The rankings were last updated January 16th. I'm guessing that's why.
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Post by funkybusiness » January 24th, 2019, 1:06 am

yep, sorry folks I was outta commission for a couple days, table updated now.


re: Moscow Laughs/Jolly Fellows, I think I wrote last year that it was like the writers were tasked with making a Marx Brothers film but the only jokes they knew were about rural farmers fucking goats.

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Post by sol » January 24th, 2019, 2:55 am

Knaldskalle wrote:
January 23rd, 2019, 7:13 pm
42. Moscow Laughs (Aleksandrov, 1934). What sol said, except I found it only moderately entertaining.
funkybusiness wrote:
January 24th, 2019, 1:06 am
re: Moscow Laughs/Jolly Fellows, I think I wrote last year that it was like the writers were tasked with making a Marx Brothers film but the only jokes they knew were about rural farmers fucking goats.
Yeah, I definitely got a Marx Brothers vibe from watching the film - only without the great personalities of Groucho, Chico, Harpo (and to a degree Zeppo) in the mix. As for entertainment value, I found the director's Volga Volga to be dull and boring and his Tsirk to be visually creative but empty, so watching this third, I guess I was just naturally impressed with how superior a production it was. I did actually find it laugh-out-loud funny at times though, so maybe it's just a case of humour being subjective.
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Post by sol » January 24th, 2019, 3:00 am

From Russia with LoveShow
1. Solaris (1972) REVISION
2. Solaris (1968)
3. Loveless (2017)
4. Kin-dza-dza ! (1986)
5. Test Pilot Pirx (1979)
6. A Dream Come True (1963)
7. Guest from the Future: Ep. 1 (1984)
8. Guest from the Future: Ep. 2 (1984)
9. Guest from the Future: Ep. 3 (1984)
10. Guest from the Future: Ep. 4 (1984)
11. Guest from the Future: Ep. 5 (1984)
12. Sportloto-82 (1982)
13. Night Watch (2004)
14. Cinderella (1947)
15. Elena (2011)
16. Gamlet (1964)
17. Zvenigora (1928)
18. The Circus (1936)
19. Repentance (1984)
20. Volga Volga (1938)
21. Our Century (1983)
22. Bed and Sofa (1927)
23. Fate of a Man (1959)
24. The Beginning (1970)
25. Heart of a Dog (1988)
26. Days of Eclipse (1988)
27. The Forty-First (1956)
28. Moscow Laughs (1934)
29. Metamorphosis (2002) REVISION

30a. Menq (1969) 24mins
30b. Peola (1970) 36mins

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Menq is a lot like Our Century, so a mini-masterpiece of sorts with perfected timed music/sound set to some breathtaking images such as the one above and crowd shots in which the masses of people look like ocean waves in motion. Peola reminded me a lot of The Producers as it focuses on a man told that he has to put a local kids' soccer team together; reluctant to spend his spare time training and coaching, he tries to get his team kicked out of the competition as quickly as possible by various means, none of them (of course) successful.
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Post by weirdboy » January 24th, 2019, 5:09 am

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1. Aerograd AKA Frontier (1935) - Aleksandr Dovzhenko
2-13. Semnadtsat mgnoveniy vesny AKA Seventeen Moments of Spring (1973) - Tatyana Lioznova
14. Aelita: Queen of Mars - 1924 - Yakov Protazanov
15-16. A few shorts [149 minutes]
a. Shakhmatnaya goryachka (Chess Fever) - 1925 - Vsevolod Pudovkin,Nikolai Shpikovsky [short - 28 mini]
b. Ditya bolshogo goroda AKA Child of the Big City (1914) - Yevgeny Bauer [short - 37 min]
c. Kivski Freski (1966) - Sergei Parajanov [short - 15 min]
d. Slava - nam, smert' - vragam (Glory to Us, Death to the Enemy!) - 1914 - Yevgeny Bauer [short - 32 min]
e. Grozy AKA Daydreams (1915) - Yevgeny Bauer [short - 37 min]
17. Vostochnaya elegiya AKA Eastern Elegy/Oriental Elegy (1996) - Aleksandr Sokurov
18. Nochnoy dozor AKA Night Watch (2004) - Timur Bekmambetov
19. Faust (2011) - Aleksandr Sokurov
20. Elegiya dorogi AKA Elegy of a Voyage (2001) - Aleksandr Sokurov
21. Entuziazm (Simfoniya Donbassa) AKA Enthusiasm (1931) - Dziga Vertov
22-26.Mesto vstrechi izmenit nelzya (1979) - Stanislav Govorukhin [TV mini-series]

This was a pretty good police procedural, and the final episode in particular is excellent. I thought Seventeen Moments of Spring was way better, though.

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Post by jeroeno » January 24th, 2019, 6:50 am

52. Zhivoy (2006)
53. S.E.R. - Svoboda eto rai (1989)

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Post by sol » January 24th, 2019, 9:13 am

From Russia with LoveShow
1. Solaris (1972) REVISION
2. Solaris (1968)
3. Loveless (2017)
4. Kin-dza-dza ! (1986)
5. Test Pilot Pirx (1979)
6. A Dream Come True (1963)
7. Guest from the Future: Ep. 1 (1984)
8. Guest from the Future: Ep. 2 (1984)
9. Guest from the Future: Ep. 3 (1984)
10. Guest from the Future: Ep. 4 (1984)
11. Guest from the Future: Ep. 5 (1984)
12. Sportloto-82 (1982)
13. Night Watch (2004)
14. Cinderella (1947)
15. Elena (2011)
16. Gamlet (1964)
17. Zvenigora (1928)
18. The Circus (1936)
19. Repentance (1984)
20. Volga Volga (1938)
21. Our Century (1983)
22. Bed and Sofa (1927)
23. Fate of a Man (1959)
24. The Beginning (1970)
25. Heart of a Dog (1988)
26. Days of Eclipse (1988)
27. The Forty-First (1956)
28. Moscow Laughs (1934)
29. Metamorphosis (2002) REVISION
30a. Menq (1969) 24mins
30b. Peola (1970) 36mins

31. Desyat Negrityat (1987) REVISION

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Not only the most faithful adaptation of the greatest novel ever written, but an amazingly atmospheric experience, this film boasts eerie locations, lots of attention to audio, and some simply breathtaking shots (see above). The film digs deeply into its characters too, particularly the female lead with ominous black and white flashbacks that she keeps having of the child who died while in her care. The ending is perhaps a bit over-literal, but by retaining much of Agatha Christie's original dialogue, director Stanislav Govorukhin gives full weight to themes of justice, fate and retribution in her novel.
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Post by clemmetarey » January 24th, 2019, 9:42 am

15. Iko shashvi mgalobeli (1970) 5/10
24 hours in the life of a carefree hyperactive young man in Georgia. Not bad, but there were so much going on I couldn't get into it.

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1. Kavkazskaya plennitsa, ili Novye priklyucheniya Shurika (1967) 6/10
2. Aelita (1924) 4/10
3. Pikovaya dama (1916) 4/10
4. Krug vtoroy (1990) 7/10
5. Igla (1988) 5/10
6. Solntse (2005) 6/10
7. Vozvrashchenie (2003) 8/10
8. Oktyabr (1928) 5/10
9. Poselenie (2002) 6/10
10. Aleksandra (2007) 6/10
11. Utomlennye solntsem (1994) 7/10
12. Molokh (1999) 5/10
13. Nachalo (1970) 6/10
14. Aerograd (1935) 4/10
15. Iko shashvi mgalobeli (1970) 5/10

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Post by flavo5000 » January 24th, 2019, 1:12 pm

7. Ruslan i Lyudmila (1972)
8. Parad planet (1984)
9. Sobache serdtse (1988)
10. Zolushka (1947)
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1. Zacharovannaya Desna (1964)
2. Zvenigora (1928)
3. Aerograd (1935)
4. Pisma myortvogo cheloveka (1986)
5. Zashchitniki (2016)
6. On - drakon (2016)
7. Ruslan i Lyudmila (1972)
8. Parad planet (1984)
9. Sobache serdtse (1988)
10. Zolushka (1947)

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Post by sol » January 24th, 2019, 3:42 pm

From Russia with LoveShow
1. Solaris (1972) REVISION
2. Solaris (1968)
3. Loveless (2017)
4. Kin-dza-dza ! (1986)
5. Test Pilot Pirx (1979)
6. A Dream Come True (1963)
7. Guest from the Future: Ep. 1 (1984)
8. Guest from the Future: Ep. 2 (1984)
9. Guest from the Future: Ep. 3 (1984)
10. Guest from the Future: Ep. 4 (1984)
11. Guest from the Future: Ep. 5 (1984)
12. Sportloto-82 (1982)
13. Night Watch (2004)
14. Cinderella (1947)
15. Elena (2011)
16. Gamlet (1964)
17. Zvenigora (1928)
18. The Circus (1936)
19. Repentance (1984)
20. Volga Volga (1938)
21. Our Century (1983)
22. Bed and Sofa (1927)
23. Fate of a Man (1959)
24. The Beginning (1970)
25. Heart of a Dog (1988)
26. Days of Eclipse (1988)
27. The Forty-First (1956)
28. Moscow Laughs (1934)
29. Metamorphosis (2002) REVISION
30a. Menq (1969) 24mins
30b. Peola (1970) 36mins
31. Desyat Negrityat (1987) REVISION

32. Durak / The Fool (2014)

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This drama is a little slow to build up with the first third of the project coming across as a mere Chicken Little variant as an engineering student struggles to persuade those in charge to evacuate a building. Things become very interesting once he does finally convince them though with all the politicos and corrupt civil engineers worried about who will be blamed and whether evacuation is even practical. On one hand, the protagonist is a little too naïve and virtuous to warm too at times, but then that is part of why he is a fool. Added to my 500<400 ballot.
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Post by Knaldskalle » January 24th, 2019, 5:33 pm

43. Chapayev (Vasilyev ,1934). A bit of an oddball movie, it's a comedic-dramatic war movie with very pathos-filled passages. I read on Wikipedia that Chapayev has become folklore in Russia, so I suppose that explains the odd comedy mixed in with the dramatic historic events.


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1. Operation 'Y' and Other Shurik's Adventures (Gaidai, 1965)
2. Kin-Dza-Dza! (Daneliya, 1986)
3. Kidnapping, Caucasian Style (Gaidai, 1967)
4. Aerograd (Dovhzenko, 1935)
5.-9. The Meeting Place Cannot Be Changed (1979). TV Miniseries.
10.-14. Guest from the Future (1985). TV Miniseries.
15.-26. Seventeen Moments of Spring (1973). TV Miniseries.
27. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson: The Acquaintance (1979). TV Miniseries.
28. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson: The Bloody Inscription (1979). TV Miniseries.
29. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson: King of Blackmailers (1980). TV Miniseries.
30. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson: Mortal Fight (1980). TV Miniseries.
31. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson: The Hunt for the Tiger (1980). TV Miniseries.
32-33. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson: The Hound of the Baskervilles (1981). TV Miniseries.
34-35. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson: The Treasures of Agra (1983). TV Miniseries.
36-37. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson: The 20th Century Begins (1986). TV Miniseries.
38. Enthusiasm (Vertov, 1930)
39. Arshin Mal-alan (Leschenko & Takhmasib, 1945)
40. The Diamond Arm (Gaidai, 1969)
41. The Golden Key (Ptushko, 1939)
42. Moscow Laughs (Aleksandrov, 1934)
43. Chapayev (Vasilyev ,1934)
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Post by sol » January 25th, 2019, 2:45 am

From Russia with LoveShow
1. Solaris (1972) REVISION
2. Solaris (1968)
3. Loveless (2017)
4. Kin-dza-dza ! (1986)
5. Test Pilot Pirx (1979)
6. A Dream Come True (1963)
7. Guest from the Future: Ep. 1 (1984)
8. Guest from the Future: Ep. 2 (1984)
9. Guest from the Future: Ep. 3 (1984)
10. Guest from the Future: Ep. 4 (1984)
11. Guest from the Future: Ep. 5 (1984)
12. Sportloto-82 (1982)
13. Night Watch (2004)
14. Cinderella (1947)
15. Elena (2011)
16. Gamlet (1964)
17. Zvenigora (1928)
18. The Circus (1936)
19. Repentance (1984)
20. Volga Volga (1938)
21. Our Century (1983)
22. Bed and Sofa (1927)
23. Fate of a Man (1959)
24. The Beginning (1970)
25. Heart of a Dog (1988)
26. Days of Eclipse (1988)
27. The Forty-First (1956)
28. Moscow Laughs (1934)
29. Metamorphosis (2002) REVISION
30a. Menq (1969) 24mins
30b. Peola (1970) 36mins
31. Desyat Negrityat (1987) REVISION
32. Durak / The Fool (2014)

33. Whispering Pages (1994)

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This film boats some very interesting visuals with plenty of fog/smoke and majestic yet dilapidated sets that ring true to the film's 19th century setting. Then there is the intriguing colour scope as the film alternates between drained colour and black and white footage, albeit not in a meaningful way. The key issue with the film is that it feels twice as long as it needs to be, even with a runtime of under 75 minutes. Only so much of a story can be spun from the very limited premise, and the protagonist is a pretty dull character to follow around.
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Post by jeroeno » January 25th, 2019, 5:25 am

54. Tumannost Andromedy (1967)
55. Finist - Yasnyy sokol (1976)

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Post by maxwelldeux » January 25th, 2019, 6:44 am

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1. Dom na Trubnoy (1928)
2. Ostrov AKA The Island (2006)
3. Chelovek-Amfibiya AKA Amphibian Man (1962)
4. Ivan the Terrible, Part I (1945)
5. Oktyabr (1928)
6. Zemlya AKA Earth (1930)
7. Ivan the Terrible, Part II (1958)
8. Aerograd (1935)
9. Vozvrashchenie (2003)
10. Stachka AKA Strike (1925)
11. Russian Ark (2002)
Fascinating look at Russian history visually and on location, with that final end scene being magnificent. (l)

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Post by hurluberlu » January 25th, 2019, 7:19 pm

8. The Beginning / Nachalo (Gleb Panfilov, 1970) 7

Since Inna Churikova made me think of Dreyer's Joan of Arc in No Path Through Fire, her next role with Panfilov as an actress playing Joan looked all natural... As good as Churikova is, I was not really convinced by the analogy even if it worked at some level (their obstinacy, surviving in a male's world). Where the movie succeeds is really in depicting the youth of Russia in the 60s with a certain flair, balancing bittersweet comedy with social commentary.

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(Tarkovsky, Klimov, Shepitko, Panfilov, German, Konchalovskiy,..).

1. Welcome, or No Trespassing / Dobro pozhalovat, ili Postoronnim vkhod vospreshchen (Elem Klimov, 1964) 8

Charming comedy about a summer camp for kids and the director's arbitrary rules to protect them from questionable dangers, which also serves as a metaphor of USSR and its political system. Camera placement and composition, especially filming crowds, are very inventive and perfectly capturing the contrast between forced discipline and freedom at reach. This is "only" Klimov final graduation work at Moscow's FIlm School but an impressive piece of work nonetheless. And funny.

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2. Heat / Znoy (Larisa Shepitko, 1963) 6+

A young graduate is sent to the Kirghiz countryside to help a local community in the fields. His idealism confronts with a rough and headstrong farmer who looks upon the new comer as a threat. Shepitko is taking a naturalistic approach, well in the Russian film tradition, keeping the treatment of all protagonists balanced and depicting the harsh reality of work outside. But somehow, as Shepitko doesn't take a clear stance on whether the graduate brings new ideas and methods for the best of the people (like some propaganda would suggest) or he is a only a subversive element which disturbs a natural order he doesn't fully understand (which is probably the right interpretation but sounds a little naive and conservative), I was not very much engaged into the "heat".


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3. The Story of Asya Klyachina, who loved but did not marry / Istoriya Asi Klyachinoy, kotoraya lyubila, da ne vyshla zamuzh (Andrei Konchalovsky, 1966) 7

It starts with a child sleeping peacefully in a middle of a wheat field. His parents look for him but are not overconcerned: what could happen to him anyway ? This sets the tone of the film about a village of farmers at rest with a prodigal land and where, despite the hard work and life conditions, everything is a pretext to songs, jokes and colorful anecdotes shared between neighbours. Even pregnant Asya, courted by all except the only man she cares about, is playful as ever. In beautiful black and white, Konchalovsky is using very fluid camera movements that drag you close to the action and make his care and tenderness for the characters all the more obvious.

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4. No Path Through Fire / V ogne broda net (Gleb Panfilov, 1968) 6

A naive nurse supporting Red Army soldiers during Russian Civil War is challenged to make any sense of her life through love, art and eventually political action. The film relies heavily on the lead actress Inna Churikova and her expressive figure, reminiscent of Maria Falconetti in the Passion of Joan of Arc. If the character study is fine, storytelling wanders a bit and seems to be framed in a political reading of the events which is hard to decipher without a history manual on Russian revisionism in the 60s.

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5. The Eve of Ivan Kupalo / Vechir na Ivana Kupalalt (Yuri Ilyenko, 1968) 8-

A little break in Ukrainian, color territory of the same era: based on folktales by Nicolas Gogol, the film retraces the story of Piotr, compromising with devils to seduce a rich man's daughter. Told in a non-linear way where each sequence is carefuly crafted with an impressive wealth of details, we are immersed into a world of symbolism and vibrant mythology. The almost pictural composition of the shots is as impressive as the creative use of color filters that stress the intensity of some scenes. Soundtrack is unfortunately the weak spot with some rather disjointed choices but also bad sync which may be due to the quality of the copy I watched.

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6. Wings / Krylya (Larisa Shepitko, 1966) 7-

Back to Larisa Shepitko with the intimist portrait of a middle-aged woman, former pilot during WWII, now director of a professional institute and dissatisfied with life. Inspired by the writer's mother and their arguments, you can sense the story is deeply personal with a lot of sequences emphasizing the protagonist dismay, often at the expense of a very slow pace. But patience is well rewarded with a masterful final, lifting the whole film. The performance of the lead actress Mayya Bulgakova is also great.

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7. There Will Be No Leave Today / Segodnya uvolneniya ne budet (Andrei Tarkovsky, Aleksandr Gordon, 1959) 7-

Before shifting to 70s films, another early film of this generation with one of the shorts that Tarkovsky made as a Film student. Hard to say what Tarkovsky's contribution is exactly since he was only codirecting and cowriting and overall directing is fairly academic. But it is a decent nail biting thriller in the line of The Wages of Fear, adapted for Russian public and to Red Army heroes.

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Post by Knaldskalle » January 25th, 2019, 8:13 pm

44. The Forty-First (Chukhray, 1956). A wartime romance between a soldier and her prisoner. Very beautifully shot, but the story was a bit improbable.

45. Welcome or No Trespassing (Klimov, 1964). Summer Camp, Russian style. Kids play pranks on camp staff, comedy ensues. It's pretty charming.

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1. Operation 'Y' and Other Shurik's Adventures (Gaidai, 1965)
2. Kin-Dza-Dza! (Daneliya, 1986)
3. Kidnapping, Caucasian Style (Gaidai, 1967)
4. Aerograd (Dovhzenko, 1935)
5.-9. The Meeting Place Cannot Be Changed (1979). TV Miniseries.
10.-14. Guest from the Future (1985). TV Miniseries.
15.-26. Seventeen Moments of Spring (1973). TV Miniseries.
27. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson: The Acquaintance (1979). TV Miniseries.
28. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson: The Bloody Inscription (1979). TV Miniseries.
29. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson: King of Blackmailers (1980). TV Miniseries.
30. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson: Mortal Fight (1980). TV Miniseries.
31. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson: The Hunt for the Tiger (1980). TV Miniseries.
32-33. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson: The Hound of the Baskervilles (1981). TV Miniseries.
34-35. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson: The Treasures of Agra (1983). TV Miniseries.
36-37. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson: The 20th Century Begins (1986). TV Miniseries.
38. Enthusiasm (Vertov, 1930)
39. Arshin Mal-alan (Leschenko & Takhmasib, 1945)
40. The Diamond Arm (Gaidai, 1969)
41. The Golden Key (Ptushko, 1939)
42. Moscow Laughs (Aleksandrov, 1934)
43. Chapayev (Vasilyev ,1934)
44. The Forty-First (Chukhray, 1956).
45. Welcome or No Trespassing (Klimov, 1964).
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Post by albajos » January 25th, 2019, 9:41 pm

06. Sayat Nova (1969) Soviet Union 12 official lists 1 689 checks [double]

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+2 Russian Guild Of Film Critics - Best Russian Films (11,7%)
+1 Livejournal Russian top 100 (11,2%)

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04. Aleksandr Nevskiy (1938)
02. Ivan Groznyy (1945)
03. Ivan Groznyy. Skaz vtoroy: Boyarskiy zagovor (1958)
01. Russkiy kovcheg (2002)
06. Sayat Nova (1969)
05. Soy Cuba (1964)

Year
04. Aleksandr Nevskiy (1938)
02. Ivan Groznyy (1945)
03. Ivan Groznyy. Skaz vtoroy: Boyarskiy zagovor (1958)
05. Soy Cuba (1964)
06. Sayat Nova (1969)
01. Russkiy kovcheg (2002)

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02. Ivan Groznyy (1945) 18
04. Aleksandr Nevskiy (1938) 13
03. Ivan Groznyy. Skaz vtoroy: Boyarskiy zagovor (1958) 12
06. Sayat Nova (1969) 12
05. Soy Cuba (1964) 12
01. Russkiy kovcheg (2002) 8

Checks
01. Russkiy kovcheg (2002) 3 768
02. Ivan Groznyy (1945) 2 356
04. Aleksandr Nevskiy (1938) 2 191
05. Soy Cuba (1964) 1 889
03. Ivan Groznyy. Skaz vtoroy: Boyarskiy zagovor (1958) 1 804
06. Sayat Nova (1969) 1 689

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Post by albajos » January 25th, 2019, 9:42 pm

A quick reminder that we do have a [TRIPLE] challenge running all year.
viewtopic.php?f=9&t=4129

We count all your doubles and triples in these three challenges, but only if you also post them there.

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