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Russia Challenge (Official, January 2019)

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Post by jdidaco » January 26th, 2019, 2:53 am

19. Iolanta (Yolanta, Vladimir Gorikker, 1963) 9/10 (Latvia)
20. Sinyaya ptitsa (The Blue Bird, Vasiliy Livanov, 1970) 7.5/10

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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
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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Post by St. Gloede » January 26th, 2019, 2:03 pm

I was going to write something about these films, but it has been taking me too long to get around to it, so it is best I just post them - especially as it meets my target of 20 films seen. I will watch a few more, but I will not set a new target.

14. Malenkiy prints / The Little Prince (1966, Arunas Zebriunas) 5.5-6/10
15. Salna pavasari AKA Spring Frosts (1955, Pavel Armand & Leonids Leimanis) 7.5-8/10
16. Delo Rumyantseva / The Rumyantzev Case (1956, Iosif Kheifits) 6.5-7/10
17. Kamennyy tsvetok / The Stone Flower (1946, Aleksandr Ptushko) 8/10
18. Kollezhskiy registrator / The Stationmaster (1925, Ivan Moskvin & Yuri Zhelyabuzhsky) 5.5/10
19. Gorod Zero / Zerograd / Zero City (1988, Karen Shakhnazarov) 7.5/10
20. A zori zdes tikhie / The Dawns Here Are Quiet (1972, Stanislav Rostotskiy) 5/10

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Post by 3eyes » January 26th, 2019, 4:39 pm

11. Durak / The fool (Russia 14)
Wow. I put up a lot of resistance to seeing this, but glad I did.
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1. Chernaya Molniya / Black lightning (Russia 09) - double
2-9. Trotsky (Russia 17, mini, 8 eps @ 50m)
10. The desert of forbidden art (Russia/US/Uzbekistan 10)
11. Durak / The fool (Russia 14)
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Post by OldAle1 » January 26th, 2019, 10:13 pm

OK time to put up what I've got so far -

1. Aerograd (Aleksandr Dovzhenko, 1935)

Pretty iffy as science fiction I suppose, though this does have it's roots I think in the near-future-war genre popularized in Europe in the late 19th century, when there were dozens if not hundreds of short stories and novels published about potential upcoming conflicts between various nations and groups of nations. Here we have an apparent conflict between the Japanese - represented by Samurai - and Russian forces over a planned Soviet airfield and city on the Pacific coast - but really that's all just subtext or background, we don't really see it, instead we have various little fights and chases involving communists vs locals - I think - and lots of patriotic and religious songs being sung. I didn't get a lot out of this beyond the director's usual excellent visuals and at this point it's probably my least-favorite - or least-understood at least - film from Dovzhenko, who has been one of my favorites for years. I suspect another viewing will make some of what's going on and what it might mean a little clearer though I wouldn't bet that I'll actually like it much more.

2. Entuziazm (Simfoniya Donbassa) / Enthusiasm (Dziga Vertov, 1931)

I'm not sure I'm ready to join JR in calling this a "masterpiece" yet, but in it''s highly inventive use sound and Vertov's always-great editing techniques it's pretty close. As much as these Soviet films from this period are, generally rightfully, labeled "propaganda", there are usually indications in the best of them that this propaganda and pro-Soviet narrative isn't always perfect or coherent. Consider the early sequences of the churches being changed into political halls - we have women in the churches praying, juxtaposed with men outside drinking; perhaps it was clear to Vertov and his audiences that the manly men swilling vodka and then getting rid of religion were the heroes of the state, but it looks rather different now 90 years later. In any case a terrific audiovisual poem of a lost time, perhaps not on the level for me of Vertov's best but like everything I've seen from him memorable and demanding of more viewings.

3. Ivan (Aleksandr Dovzhenko, 1932)

Dovzhenko's first sound film would make a great double feature with Entuziazm, as it reads much like a fictional - or at least part-fictional - telling of a similar story. I'm closer to agreeing with JR's review of this one, though again as with the Vertov I couldn't quite call it a masterpiece on one viewing. It helps that this was a very good copy, better than Aerograd, and that there's a lot of broad humor and that the character of Stepan Iosovich, the "shirker", is such a memorable one. And like Entuziazm and many of these films, it's fascinating that we have here a character who very much does NOT fit in with the socialist ideal - and yet he's treated as a lovable and in many ways positive figure, though again this could be my reading from a vantage many decades in the future. Lots of memorable images here, even more so than in the Vertov; I'm not sure that there are many films that make building and machinery look so beautiful.

4. Velikiy uteshitel / The Great Consoler (Lev Kuleshov, 1933)

This wild story of O. Henry in jail, trying to help out a fellow inmate, then imagining that inmate going free and leading a totally different life, intertwined with another story about a reader of O. Henry and her relationship with the cop who is responsible for the inmate's travails, is one of the best early examples I've seen of a complex, interlocking narrative that combines "fantasy" and "reality" to the point where they are indivisible or at least equally unreal and unreliable. It's also very funny and very poignant, satirical and more seriously outraged at the horrors of capitalism in equal measures, and offers something of an early look at and critique of the American western. Absolutely brilliant and one of those films that seems almost sui generis, certainly I can't think of many films from the 30s that are so narratively inventive. My favorite film of the challenges this month so far, easily.

5. Vesyolye rebyata / Jolly Fellows / Moscow Laughs (Grigoriy Aleksandrov, 1934)

At the beginning of this first Soviet musical comedy we are treated to portraits of Chaplin, Keaton and Lloyd, and then told they're not going to be here - clearly a reference to both the popularity of American films at the time, and to the kind of slapstick we're going to be treated with - though to my mind the comedy, at least in the first half, owes more to Laurel and Hardy than to the pictured clowns. This is a hugely enjoyable and often over-the-top mix of broad humor and romantic musical longing, with a put-upon shepherd who wants to be a great musician being mistaken for one, falling for the rich girl, but in turn being loved by the poor girl that he initially ignores. You can guess how it will all turn out, and if there's a fault here it's probably that after having a very inventive opening - with a wonderful long tracking shot as the shepherd sings a song about smiling and being happy, and then a riotous party sequence involving lots of farm animals who just have to follow their master everywhere he goes - it's a bit more prosaic, even dare I saw it, too Hollywood in it's ending. But it's still pretty cool and another example of just how creative musicals could be in this decade, wherever they were from.

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Post by sol » January 27th, 2019, 12:44 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)

34. Women of Ryazan (1927)

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With its openly pro-feminist slant, this film has some historical value and it is technically adept with the camera rocking back and forth, and excellent dissolve editing as one lady's face is pasted over the fields she is looking at. This is, however, little more than a bland soap opera at the end of the day and none of the characters or performances rise above ordinary. Most detrimental of all though is the film's heavy reliance on verbose title cards to carry forward the story. A downright primitive look at relationship issues compared to the amazing fellow Soviet offering Bed and Sofa of the same year.
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Post by jeroeno » January 27th, 2019, 6:01 am

56. Koktebel (2003)
57. Mekhanika golovnogo mozga (1926)
58. Tam, na nevedomykh dorozhkakh... (1983)

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Post by Knaldskalle » January 27th, 2019, 7:07 am

46. White Sun of the Desert (Motyl, 1970). Pretty good mix of action and comedy.
47. Carnival in Moscow (Ryazanov, 1956). Carnival spoiled by boss with no sense of humor, but comedy will prevail. Kinda meh, to be honest.
48. Watch Out for the Automobile (Ryazanov, 1966). Robin Hood steals cars and cop tries to catch him. Had some good elements, but overall it was a bit lackluster.

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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).
46. White Sun of the Desert (Motyl, 1970)
47. Carnival in Moscow (Ryazanov, 1956)
48. Watch Out for the Automobile (Ryazanov, 1966)
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Post by sol » January 27th, 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)
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)
34. Women of Ryazan (1927)

35. By the Bluest of Seas (1936)

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This film is a testament to the power of great location scouting with several picturesque shots of the Caspian Sea, including a great bit in which we only see silhouettes against the giant water body at dusk. Unfortunately, the story and characters are quite forgettable. The love triangle and splintering of friendship is dull and while Yelena Kuzmina has a great singing voice, she is far less alluring when not belting out songs. Clocking in at just over 60 minutes, the film does at least avoid overstaying its welcome, and all the crashing waves do look exquisite.
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Post by Eva_L » January 27th, 2019, 1:15 pm

I just realised that two of the movies I've seen for the other challenges belong here as well, so I guess that means I'm in for this challenge too.

1. Solyaris (1972)
2. Stalker (1979)

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Post by albajos » January 27th, 2019, 4:48 pm

07. Aelita (1924) Soviet Union 4 official lists 506 checks [double]

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

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07. Aelita (1924)
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
07. Aelita (1924)
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
07. Aelita (1924) 4

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
07. Aelita (1924) 506

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Post by OldAle1 » January 27th, 2019, 5:14 pm

The Russians Are Here, the Russians Are HereShow
1. Aerograd (Aleksandr Dovzhenko, 1935)
2. Entuziazm (Simfoniya Donbassa) / Enthusiasm (Dziga Vertov, 1931)
3. Ivan (Aleksandr Dovzhenko, 1932)
4. Velikiy uteshitel / The Great Consoler (Lev Kuleshov, 1933)
5. Vesyolye rebyata / Jolly Fellows / Moscow Laughs (Grigoriy Aleksandrov, 1934)
6. Kosmicheskiy reys: Fantasticheskaya novella / The Space Voyage / Cosmic Journey (Vasily Zhuravlyov, 1935)

Late - very late - silent production about the first trip to the moon, commanded by the elderly Prof. Sedikh, who has to overcome other bureaucrats and scientists who don't want him to go. Also on board are a younger man, a woman (amazing how many early films about spaceflight assume that women will be part of the mix initially - one area in which SF was often much more progressive than the real world) and a teenaged boy stowaway. This is a fast-paced (65 minutes in the copy I watched) very pro-science and optimistic vision of a lunar exploration, with only a little bit of real conflict and danger impinging on the tranquility and joy overall, which might make it sound boring, but the amazing production design, miniature work and stop-motion sequences (for the on-foot lunar exploration) make it very much worthwhile - like The Tunnel from the same year this is another expensive "epic" SF film that is almost in hailing distance from Things to Come and probably would be if the story were a little more interesting and it were a little longer. And it's more accurate than most SF of this era, with the moon's lesser gravity and lack of atmosphere taken into account for example, and the shock of liftoff in a rocket noted - though the solution for the acceleration's effect on the body is not exactly viable or one that I've seen in any other film. Really cool and deserving of more notice from anyone interested in early SF for sure.

7. Ivan Vasilevich menyaet professiyu / Ivan Vasilievich: Back to the Future (Leonid Gaidai, 1973)

Silly farce about a time machine inventor who accidentally sends two others back to the 16th century while bringing Ivan the Terrible to the present, with madcap chases, mix-ups (Ivan the Terrible looks just like the Ivan who was sent back in time, and they are played by the same actor) and, oh, a few songs. This is apparently a "mafia" movie, on lots of lists because of intense up-voting from mostly Russians and if you look at icm comments they're a lot like many of the comments about Bollywood and Turkish mainstream films that are all over the IMDb lists. As usual with many of these films, I didn't find this nearly as terrible as a lot of folks do, in fact I could say that I enjoyed it slightly, but it's really marginal and not just because of my different American sense of humor as opposed to it's Russian cultural background - much of this actually struck me as very much like many mainstream American and British comedies of a few years earlier, e.g. The Pink Panther and other Peter Sellers and/or Blake Edwards films - the music in particular and the many sped-up sequences. And I don't like a lot of those films either though there are certainly a few that I liked more than this. Slapstick post-silent-era is just really hard to get right, or it's really hard for me to like it, and if this worked at all it's mostly because of the performance by Yuriy Yakovlev in the title role(s) - he's pretty funny even when just standing still. Chalk another one up for the Mafia!

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Post by jdidaco » January 27th, 2019, 10:53 pm

21. Aerograd (Frontier, Aleksandr Dovzhenko, 1935) 7/10 (Ukraine)
22. Krasa nenaglyadnaya (Beloved Beauty, Vladimir Degtyaryov, 1959) 8/10
23. Beg inokhodtsa (Goodbye, Gulsary!, Sergey Urusevskiy, 1969) 8/10
24. Vostochnaya elegiya (Oriental Elegy, Aleksandr Sokurov, 1996) 9/10

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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
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
19. Iolanta (Yolanta, Vladimir Gorikker, 1963) 9/10 (Latvia)
20. Sinyaya ptitsa (The Blue Bird, Vasiliy Livanov, 1970) 7.5/10

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Post by jeroeno » January 28th, 2019, 6:15 am

59. Tayna zheleznoy dveri (1970)
60. O sport, ty - mir! (1981)

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Post by cinephage » January 28th, 2019, 10:02 am

05. Arsenal, by Aleksandr Dovzhenko (1929) 7,5/10

Visually stunning, but extremely propagandistic...
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01. Vesyolye rebyata / Moscow laughs, by Grigori Aleksandrov (1934) 6/10
02. Potomok Chingis-Khana / Storm over Asia, by Vsevolod Pudovkin (1928) 8/10
03. Leto, by Kirill Serebrennikov (2018) 10/10
04. Kavkazskaya plennitsa, ili Novye priklyucheniya Shurika / Kidnapping, Caucasian style, by Leonid Gayday (1967) 7/10

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Post by sol » January 28th, 2019, 1:24 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)
33. Whispering Pages (1994)
34. Women of Ryazan (1927)
35. By the Bluest of Seas (1936)

36. Blue Mountains, or An Improbable Story (1983)

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Post by Knaldskalle » January 29th, 2019, 1:56 am

49. The Sun (Sokurov, 2005). I never really warmed to this one.
50. Ballad of a Hussar (Ryazanov, 1962). Music and Napoleonic Wars. Was only moderately entertaining.
51. The Fall of the Romanov Dynasty (Shub, 1927). Considering that it's an obvious piece of agitprop, I was surprised at how much I liked it.
52. Battleship Potemkin (Eisenstein, 1925). REWATCH. Brilliant, as always!

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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).
46. White Sun of the Desert (Motyl, 1970)
47. Carnival in Moscow (Ryazanov, 1956)
48. Watch Out for the Automobile (Ryazanov, 1966)
49. The Sun (Sokurov, 2005)
50. Ballad of a Hussar (Ryazanov, 1962)
51. The Fall of the Romanov Dynasty (Shub, 1927)
52. Battleship Potemkin (Eisenstein, 1925). REWATCH
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Post by funkybusiness » January 29th, 2019, 2:23 am

@Knaldskalle, if you're very much interested (as it is can be quite a niche topic), there's a book by Jay Leyda entitled Films Beget Films, about compilation films, the genre usually said to have started with Esfir Shub. It's a rather early publication, 1964, and so it doesn't get into subsequent developments like essay films, Ken Burns or pseudo-non-fiction like Guerín, but it does go into detail about the everything before its publication, Shub, Vertov, Romm, then into WW2 propaganda like Capra's works, and then into early TV works. He even touches on Resnais' documentaries. edit: and he does seem to have an idea of potential future developments (and pegs Chris Marker as a master with only like 2 films under his belt). Pretty nifty, I'd also recommend his book Kino as a very good, less niche, history of pre-'50s Russian cinema in general.

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Post by Knaldskalle » January 29th, 2019, 2:57 am

funkybusiness wrote:
January 29th, 2019, 2:23 am
@Knaldskalle, if you're very much interested (as it is can be quite a niche topic), there's a book by Jay Leyda entitled Films Beget Films, about compilation films, the genre usually said to have started with Esfir Shub. It's a rather early publication, 1964, and so it doesn't get into subsequent developments like essay films, Ken Burns or pseudo-non-fiction like Guerín, but it does go into detail about the everything before its publication, Shub, Vertov, Romm, then into WW2 propaganda like Capra's works, and then into early TV works. He even touches on Resnais' documentaries. Pretty nifty, I'd also recommend his book Kino as a very good, less niche, history of pre-'50s Russian cinema in general.
Thanks for the info! I'm not sure I'm into it enough to pay the $30 asking price, but I'll keep an eye on it. I wonder what that author would've made of "Final Cut: Ladies & Gentlemen" by Palfi.
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Post by jeroeno » January 29th, 2019, 5:46 am

61. Dzhamilya (1969) (l)
62. Sibiriada (1979) (l)

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Post by sol » January 29th, 2019, 9:57 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)
34. Women of Ryazan (1927)
35. By the Bluest of Seas (1936)
36. Blue Mountains, or An Improbable Story (1983)

37a. Hedgehog in the Fog (1975) 11mins
37b. Film Film Film (1968) 20 mins
37c. Tale of Tales (1979) 29mins

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Hedgehog in the Fog was a pretty decent with some great animation, especially for the mysterious titular fog. Soviet montage also has clearly inspired bits and pieces too, with some scary rapid fire edits as the hedgehog is almost eaten in the fog. And was there ever a horse or did he just imagine it? It is a nice ambiguous little movie. With a catchy theme song comprised of mostly just the title word, Film Film Film makes for a pretty delightful comedic look at the film making process, from story conception, to script editing, to filming and public reception. Some gags run a little long (the girl who refuses to act; throwing a man off a building) but this is generally fun. Coming on the back of these two worthwhile shorts, the more acclaimed Tale of Tales was unfortunately a disappointment. Yes, I loved the animation style but could not really work out what was happening or a narrative/symbolic level. In trying to read up about the film I found a hilarious trivia tidbit though; what depraved minds the censors must have had to reject the original title for that reason!
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Post by jdidaco » January 30th, 2019, 3:28 am

25. Don Juan Tallinnas (Don Juan in Tallinn, Arvo Kruusement, 1972) 8.5/10 (Estonia)
26. Alisa v strane chudes (Alice in Wonderland, Efrem Pruzhanskiy, 1981) 8/10 (30 min) + Alisa v Zazerkale (Alice in the Land in the Other Side of the Mirror, Efrem Pruzhanskiy, 1982) 8/10 (39 min) (Total: 69 min)

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This is my last report for this challenge, thank you again for hosting it, funkybusiness!

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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
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
19. Iolanta (Yolanta, Vladimir Gorikker, 1963) 9/10 (Latvia)
20. Sinyaya ptitsa (The Blue Bird, Vasiliy Livanov, 1970) 7.5/10
21. Aerograd (Frontier, Aleksandr Dovzhenko, 1935) 7/10 (Ukraine)
22. Krasa nenaglyadnaya (Beloved Beauty, Vladimir Degtyaryov, 1959) 8/10
23. Beg inokhodtsa (Goodbye, Gulsary!, Sergey Urusevskiy, 1969) 8/10
24. Vostochnaya elegiya (Oriental Elegy, Aleksandr Sokurov, 1996) 9/10

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Post by jeroeno » January 30th, 2019, 5:32 am

63. Oni srazhalis za rodinu (1975)
Should've saved this one for the war challenge. Great stuff.

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Post by allisoncm » January 30th, 2019, 6:44 am

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1. Brat/Brother (1997) 6/10
2. Vysota (1957) 4.5/10
3. Sto dney posle detstva/One Hundred Days After Childhood (1975) 6/10
4. Chastnaya zhizn/Private Life (1982) 5.5/10
5. Assa (1988) 6/10
6. Sudba cheloveka/Fate of a Man/Destiny of a Man (1959) 6/10
7. Beg/The Flight (1971) 5/10
8. Sorok pervyy (1956) 5.5/10
9. Kalina krasnaya/The Red Snowball Tree (1974) 5/10
10. Istoriya Asi Klyachinoy, kotoraya lyubila, da ne vyshla zamuzh (1966) 6/10

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Post by sol » January 30th, 2019, 7:18 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)
34. Women of Ryazan (1927)
35. By the Bluest of Seas (1936)
36. Blue Mountains, or An Improbable Story (1983)
37a. Hedgehog in the Fog (1975) 11mins
37b. Film Film Film (1968) 20 mins
37c. Tale of Tales (1979) 29mins

38. Clear Skies (1961)

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A Soviet melodrama lusciously shot in vivid colour with deep shadows and a variety of camera angles. The film also includes chic fades to red rather than black (much more effective than it sounds). The story and acting, however, reek of soap opera and Nina Drobysheva is too cloying to make for a three dimensional protagonist. Evgeniy Urbanskiy has some good moments as the husband though, convincing as a man displaced in a country he once loved, but the whole thing was way too over-the-top melodramatic to resonate with me.
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Post by sol » January 30th, 2019, 3:00 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)
33. Whispering Pages (1994)
34. Women of Ryazan (1927)
35. By the Bluest of Seas (1936)
36. Blue Mountains, or An Improbable Story (1983)
37a. Hedgehog in the Fog (1975) 11mins
37b. Film Film Film (1968) 20 mins
37c. Tale of Tales (1979) 29mins
38. Clear Skies (1961)

39. Blockade (2006)

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Archive footage of the Siege of Leningrad is spliced together in this documentary without voiceover or music. In fact, the entire sound design was recorded and added in by the filmmakers themselves, and it is uncanny just how well their audio matches the images. With its lack of background information deliberately lack of structure, I did sometimes lose focus here. Many of the images are striking though; some even seem poetic and serene (e.g. overlooking a river) before the rolling in of a tank or the marching of soldiers brings us back to reality.
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Post by albajos » January 30th, 2019, 9:56 pm

08. Tini zabutykh predkiv (1965) Soviet Union 10 official lists 1 295 checks [double]
09. Zacharovannaya Desna (1964) Soviet Union 1 official list 45 checks [triple]

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

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07. Aelita (1924)
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)
08. Tini zabutykh predkiv (1965)
09. Zacharovannaya Desna (1964)

Year
07. Aelita (1924)
04. Aleksandr Nevskiy (1938)
02. Ivan Groznyy (1945)
03. Ivan Groznyy. Skaz vtoroy: Boyarskiy zagovor (1958)
05. Soy Cuba (1964)
09. Zacharovannaya Desna (1964)
08. Tini zabutykh predkiv (1965)
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
08. Tini zabutykh predkiv (1965) 10
01. Russkiy kovcheg (2002) 8
07. Aelita (1924) 4
09. Zacharovannaya Desna (1964) 1

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
08. Tini zabutykh predkiv (1965) 1 295
07. Aelita (1924) 506
09. Zacharovannaya Desna (1964) 45

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Post by clemmetarey » January 31st, 2019, 9:22 am

16. Svoy sredi chuzhikh, chuzhoy sredi svoikh (1974) 5/10

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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
16. Svoy sredi chuzhikh, chuzhoy sredi svoikh (1974) 5/10

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Post by sol » January 31st, 2019, 2:39 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)
33. Whispering Pages (1994)
34. Women of Ryazan (1927)
35. By the Bluest of Seas (1936)
36. Blue Mountains, or An Improbable Story (1983)
37a. Hedgehog in the Fog (1975) 11mins
37b. Film Film Film (1968) 20 mins
37c. Tale of Tales (1979) 29mins
38. Clear Skies (1961)
39. Blockade (2006)

40. Turksib (1929)

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What an awesome film to finish this Challenge on! This Soviet film shows the construction of a massive railway project from central Asia to Siberia as well as lives of those residing and working in both areas. A very early documentary, narrative techniques are effectively used to further the non-fiction presentation. The use of cutaways is especially remarkable, with empty jars/pots and tired animals lying down conveying the harshness of drought. There is also an animated map to show the direction and length of the train track and the list goes on.

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Post by Knaldskalle » January 31st, 2019, 3:37 pm

53. The Steamroller and the violin (Tarkovsky, 1961). Considering that this was a student film it was remarkably good, nowhere near as sophomoric as I expected.

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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).
46. White Sun of the Desert (Motyl, 1970)
47. Carnival in Moscow (Ryazanov, 1956)
48. Watch Out for the Automobile (Ryazanov, 1966)
49. The Sun (Sokurov, 2005)
50. Ballad of a Hussar (Ryazanov, 1962)
51. The Fall of the Romanov Dynasty (Shub, 1927)
52. Battleship Potemkin (Eisenstein, 1925). REWATCH
53. The Steamroller and the violin (Tarkovsky, 1961)
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Post by St. Gloede » January 31st, 2019, 4:33 pm

Knaldskalle wrote:
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53. The Steamroller and the violin (Tarkovsky, 1961). Considering that this was a student film it was remarkably good, nowhere near as sophomoric as I expected.

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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).
46. White Sun of the Desert (Motyl, 1970)
47. Carnival in Moscow (Ryazanov, 1956)
48. Watch Out for the Automobile (Ryazanov, 1966)
49. The Sun (Sokurov, 2005)
50. Ballad of a Hussar (Ryazanov, 1962)
51. The Fall of the Romanov Dynasty (Shub, 1927)
52. Battleship Potemkin (Eisenstein, 1925). REWATCH
53. The Steamroller and the violin (Tarkovsky, 1961)
He had already made his first student feature two years before, competent, perfectly ok, but entirely forgettable. The Steamroller and the Violin on the other hand is, in my opinion, genuinly a great film, and it feels like the worst of an experienced and skilled director.

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Post by OldAle1 » January 31st, 2019, 7:54 pm

The Russians Are Here, the Russians Are HereShow
1. Aerograd (Aleksandr Dovzhenko, 1935)
2. Entuziazm (Simfoniya Donbassa) / Enthusiasm (Dziga Vertov, 1931)
3. Ivan (Aleksandr Dovzhenko, 1932)
4. Velikiy uteshitel / The Great Consoler (Lev Kuleshov, 1933)
5. Vesyolye rebyata / Jolly Fellows / Moscow Laughs (Grigoriy Aleksandrov, 1934)
6. Kosmicheskiy reys: Fantasticheskaya novella / The Space Voyage / Cosmic Journey (Vasily Zhuravlyov, 1935)
7. Ivan Vasilevich menyaet professiyu / Ivan Vasilievich: Back to the Future (Leonid Gaidai, 1973)
8. Gorod Zero / City Zero (Karen Shakhnarazov, 1988)

This bit of end-of-Soviet-era absurdity is listed as "science fiction" on IMDb but I defy anybody to tell me what makes it deserving of that label; however I can see the argument for "fantasy" - of the Kafkaesque/Buñuel/Lynch/Ruiz surreal, at times nightmare form, so perhaps it does belong in the challenge. And it's worth seeing I think though ultimately besides the warm, soft, slightly muted photography I don't know that there's anything here that fans of any of the artists I just mentioned won't have seen before; another point of congruence might be Konwicki's Salto, though the storyline here as it develops is sort of the reverse of that film; in the Konwicki, a man comes to a small town where he claims he belongs, but is disbelieved, while in Gorod Zero our Muscovite protagonist is visiting a small town for the first time on a job, but finds himself apparently the son of the chef in a local restaurant - who doesn't look any older than he does. There's also an IMMENSE wax museum located under the town, a beautiful secretary who works in the nude, a train station that maybe doesn't exist, and a lot of other impossible occurrences. I'm not sure it added up to very much but on the whole I enjoyed the ride.

9. Gibel sensatsii / Loss of Feeling / Robot of Jim Ripple (Aleksandr Andriyevsky, 1935)

I had no idea when starting this that it was based on Karel Čapek's play R.U.R , which I read a long, long time ago - reading the synopsis on Wiki it looks like this doesn't have much at all to do with the original work (yes kids, it's not just Hollywood that changes writers' works until they are unrecognizable) which was certainly not a piece of Communist propaganda, as this ends up being. It's somewhat dull in it's first half, with the main drama being the conflict between two brothers, Jim and Jack Ripple - Jim is an inventor who thinks that his robots will ultimately benefit mankind, even if initially they will take away labor jobs - Jack is the head of the labor union. Lots of arguing and fighting, the robots ultimately get built and, this being a Soviet film of the 30s, you can guess which brother ends up being right. The robots are fairly impressive, 3 meters tall or so, and the effects and production design are quality for this period for sure, but on the whole this is a little too didactic and less interesting than most of the other serious SF films from the decade that I've seen from this or other countries.

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Post by flavo5000 » January 31st, 2019, 8:19 pm

11. Tot samyy Myunkhgauzen (1979)
12. Dni zatmeniya (1988)
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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)
11. Tot samyy Myunkhgauzen (1979)
12. Dni zatmeniya (1988)

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Post by hurluberlu » January 31st, 2019, 8:20 pm

9. Solaris / Solyaris (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1972) [JR#636] [Sci-Fi] [Rewatch] 7+>8-
10. Twenty Days Without War / Dvadtsat dney bez voyny (Aleksey German, 1977) 7
11. Siberiade (Andrey Mikhalkov-Konchalovskiy, 1979) 8+/9- maybe a new favourite, I need to let it sink a little
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12. (M)uchenik (Kirill Serebrennikov, 2016) 8 amazing performance, interesting companion of Hadewijch and Stations of Cross

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focus on Russian directors born in the 30sShow
(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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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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Post by albajos » January 31st, 2019, 8:24 pm

10. Leviafan (2014) Russia 3 official lists 2 808 checks

Spasibo for hosting funkybusiness!

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

СпасибоShow
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07. Aelita (1924)
04. Aleksandr Nevskiy (1938)
02. Ivan Groznyy (1945)
03. Ivan Groznyy. Skaz vtoroy: Boyarskiy zagovor (1958)
10. Leviafan (2014)
01. Russkiy kovcheg (2002)
06. Sayat Nova (1969)
05. Soy Cuba (1964)
08. Tini zabutykh predkiv (1965)
09. Zacharovannaya Desna (1964)

Year
07. Aelita (1924)
04. Aleksandr Nevskiy (1938)
02. Ivan Groznyy (1945)
03. Ivan Groznyy. Skaz vtoroy: Boyarskiy zagovor (1958)
05. Soy Cuba (1964)
09. Zacharovannaya Desna (1964)
08. Tini zabutykh predkiv (1965)
06. Sayat Nova (1969)
01. Russkiy kovcheg (2002)
10. Leviafan (2014)

Off. lists
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
08. Tini zabutykh predkiv (1965) 10
01. Russkiy kovcheg (2002) 8
07. Aelita (1924) 4
10. Leviafan (2014) 3
09. Zacharovannaya Desna (1964) 1

Checks
01. Russkiy kovcheg (2002) 3 768
10. Leviafan (2014) 2 808
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
08. Tini zabutykh predkiv (1965) 1 295
07. Aelita (1924) 506
09. Zacharovannaya Desna (1964) 45

!seen 10

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Post by clemmetarey » January 31st, 2019, 11:56 pm

17. Raba lyubvi (1976) 5/10

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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
16. Svoy sredi chuzhikh, chuzhoy sredi svoikh (1974) 5/10
17. Raba lyubvi (1976) 5/10

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Post by Mate_cosido » February 1st, 2019, 3:31 am

13. Zvezda (1953, Aleksandr Ivanov)

14. Eliso - Caucasian Love (1928, Nikoloz Shengelaya)

15. I vsyo-taki ya veryu... - And Still I Believe... (1974, Mikhail Romm, Marlen Khutsiev, Elem Klimov)
All movies seen:Show
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

13. Zvezda (1953, Aleksandr Ivanov)

14. Eliso - Caucasian Love (1928, Nikoloz Shengelaya)

15. I vsyo-taki ya veryu... - And Still I Believe... (1974, Mikhail Romm, Marlen Khutsiev, Elem Klimov)

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Post by nimimerkillinen » February 1st, 2019, 7:11 am

nimimerkillinen wrote:
January 13th, 2019, 1:21 pm
1. Tikhie stranitsy - ~liked it
2. Aerograd - liked it
3. Zacharovannaya Desna - favourite
4. Brilliantovaya ruka (1969) garbage
5. Heart of a Dog (1988) started promising got up banally theatrical very fast
6. Ivan Groznyy. Skaz vtoroy: Boyarskiy zagovor - meh+
7. Zacharovannaya Desna (1963) fave+
8.
Son smeshnogo cheloveka (1992) 20min
Kino-pravda no. 8 (1922) 13min
Kino-pravda no. 7 (1922) 11min
Rozhdestvo obitateley lesa (1913) 7m
Kino-pravda no. 6 (1922) 13min
Kino-pravda no. 4 (1922) 7min
Rusalka (1997) 10m

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Post by St. Gloede » February 1st, 2019, 7:34 am

Ended up seeing far more than I thought this month (both in terms of Russian films, and in general), and it was a great time. The last 6.

21. Belorusskiy vokzal / Byelorussia Station (1971, Andrey Smirnov) 6/10
22. Banya / The Bath House (1962, Sergei Yutkevich, Anatoli Karanovich) 6/10
23. Printsessa na goroshine / The Princess and the Pea (1976, Boris Rytsarev) 5/10
24. Dva Fyodora / The Two Fedors (1959, Marlen Khutsiev) 7/10
25. Noch pered Rozhdestvom/ The Night Before Christmas (1951, Brumberg Sisters) 5.5/10
26. Chelovek ukhodit za ptitsami / Man Follows Birds (1975, Ali Khamraev) 6/10

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Post by funkybusiness » February 1st, 2019, 8:04 am

@Knaldskalle, yeah what Gloede said. Tarkovsky had worked on a short (20m) adaptation of Hemingway's The Killers, which I find decent, and then a film about a bomb disposal entitled There Will Be No Leave Today, which is less good, before doing The Steamroller and the Violin as his graduation/diploma film. Ivan's Childhood was originally to be filmed by Eduard Abalov, another young director, but his work was deemed "unsatisfactory" after a month-ish, and so the head of Mosfilm, after seeing Steamroller/Violin and thinking he was good at directing children, gave the directing gig to Tarkovsky.

My favorite Tarkovsky work related story is that between Stalker and Nostalghia he had gone out for a few months and was shooting a film about the life of Peter the Great before authorities shut the production down. He told them he hadn't shot much so they need not scrap any footage because there was only a reel or so shot. Uh huh. So there may be an entire lost Tarkovsky film sitting under someone's bed like the original cut of Rublev. What I find most odd is how little information there is out there about this possible non-film. My conspiracy theory radar humms.

Uuuh guess I better post my viewings before the month is over.

01. Ironiya sudby, ili S legkim parom! (1975)
02. Shorts I
-Ditya bolshogo goroda (37m)
-Rusalka (9m)
-Strekoza i muravey (5m)
-Zhizn i smert A.S. Pushkina (5m)
-Donskie kazaki (4m)

03. Karnavalnaya noch (1956)
04. Aelita (1924)
05. Neobychainye priklyucheniya mistera Vesta v strane bolshevikov (1924)
06. Sonka zolotaya ruchka (1914, semi-lost serial)
07. Tsirk (1936)
08. Shorts II
-Kino-pravda no. 6 (7m)
-Moy zelenyy krokodil (9m)
-Proekt inzhenera Prayta (30m)
-Kino-pravda no. 7 (12m)
-Drama v tabore podmoskovnykh tsygan (2m)

09. Nebo zovet (1959)
10. Solyaris (1972, rewatch)
11. Ballada o soldate (1959)
12. Chapaev (1934)
13. Shorts III
-Kino-pravda no. 8 (15m)
-Kino-pravda no. 9 (14m)
-Kino-pravda no. 10 (16m)
-Kino-pravda no. 11 (19m)

14. Shorts IV
-Kino-pravda no. 14 (14m)
-Kino-pravda no. 16 (27m)
-Stenka Razin (9m)
-Pikovaya dama (1910, 15m)

15. Pikovaya dama (1916)
16. Papirosnitsa ot Mosselproma (1924)
17. Kamennyy tsvetok (1946)
18. Zemlya (1930)
19. Zacharovannaya Desna (1964)

Didn't hit any of my targets as real life got real busy. I still have several I'll watch over the next month or so, including The Dead Mountaineer's Hotel, and Gorod Zero which OldeAle just watched.

I still need to check most of those as well...sorry people who have me friended on iCM, yer feed is about to get flooded D;

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Post by RogerTheMovieManiac88 » February 1st, 2019, 10:10 am

I watched a few eligible films throughout January. Sorry for leaving it to the end to post, I guess.

1. 'Zemlya' / 'Earth' / 1930, Aleksandr Dovzhenko / 10/10
2. 'Konyok-gorbunok' / 'The Humpbacked Horse' / 1941, Aleksandr Rou / 6/10
3. 'Kamennyy tsvetok' / 'The Stone Flower' / 1946, Aleksandr Ptushko / 9 or 9.5/10
4. 'Legenda o ledyanom serdtse' / 'The Legend of the Icy Heart' / 1958, Aleksey Sakharov, Eldar Shengelaia / 8/10
5. 'Obyknovennoe chudo' / 'An Ordinary Miracle' / 1965, Erast Garin, Khesya Lokshina / 8/10
6. 'Noktirne' / 'Nocturne' / 1966, Rostislav Goryayev / 9/10
7. 'Ledokol' / 'The Icebreaker' / 2016, Nikolay Khomeriki / 6 or 6.5/10

Gunars Cilinskis (soldier) and Pola Raksa (nurse) in the haunting and intimate Spanish Civil War-set 'Noktirne'; this mini section of re-acquaintance in a café is exquisitely staged and full of danger and longing:

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Thanks for hosting, funky! I wish I could have watched more of the gems I have watchlisted. Seven is better than a big fat zero, I suppose...

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That's all, folks!

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