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19. Dovlatov (2018)
20. Bratya Karamazovy (1969)

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01. Stachka (1925)
02. Oktyabr (1927)
03. Skazka o rybake i rybke (1950) + Zolotaya antilopa (1954) + Ivan Groznyy III (1988)
04. Velikiy voin Albanii Skanderbeg (1953)
05. Otets Sergiy (1918)
06. Ivan Groznyy (1944)
07. Ivan Groznyy. Skaz vtoroy: Boyarskiy zagovor (1958)
08. Brat 2 (2000)
09. Tsirk (1936)
10. Afonya (1975)
11. Chelovek-Amfibiya (1962)
12. Ölsəm... bağışla (1989)
13. Korolevstvo krivykh zerkal (1963)
14. Morozko (1965)
15. V boy idut odni 'stariki' (1974)
16. Ya zhdu ptentsa (1966) + Shkatulka s sekretom (1976) + Plastilinovaya vorona (1981) + Padal proshlogodniy sneg (1983) + Obratnaya storona luny (1984)
17. Mat (1926)
18. Neulovimye mstiteli (1967)
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From Russia with Love
1. A Man from Boulevard des Capucines (1987)
2. Watch Out for the Automobile (1966)
3. Kidnapping, Caucasian Style (1967)
4. Mio in the Land of Faraway (1987)
5. Assassin of the Tsar (1991)
6. The Commissar (1967)
7. Za Schastem (1917)
8. Zoology (2016)
9. Courier (1986)
10. Afonya (1975)
11. The Blue Bird (1976)
12. Twelve Chairs (1971)
13. Dark Waters (1993)
14. Interstelar (2014) FIRST CHECK!
15. Solaris (1972) REVISION
16. Stalker (1979) REVISION
17. Striped Trip (1961)
18. Operation 'Y' (1965)
19. Come and See (1985) REVISION
20. Misteriya-Buff (1969) FIRST CHECK!
21. Amphibian Man (1962)
22. The Snow Queen (1957)
23. Office Romance. (1977)
24. The Safety Match (1954)
25. Love and Pigeons (1985)
26. Igla / The Needle (1988)
27. Woman's Kingdom (1968)
28. Of Freaks and Men (1998)
29. Pippi Longstocking (1984)
30. Moscow-Cassiopeia (1973)
31. Teens in the Universe (1974)
32. Cold Summer of 1953 (1988)
33. Well, Come On, Smile (1985)
34. Gentlemen of Fortune (1971)
35. It Can't Be! / Impossible! (1975)
36. Man with a Movie Camera (1929)
37. Freeze, Die, Come to Life (1990)

38. Mayak / The Lighthouse (2006)

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This has some striking images, most notably a grandmother's face illuminated by explosions that she can see from her window, and a repeated shot of a flock of birds flying over a lake of ducks - a segment that fascinatingly looks like a moving ink blotch. As a narrative though, the film has less to offer, or at least to someone not well versed in the history and politics of the war-torn region. All the spare dialogue leads to negligible character development.
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6. Obyknovennoe chudo / An Ordinary Miracle (1979)
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1-5. Mesto vstrechi izmenit nelzya / The Meeting Place Cannot Be Changed (1979)
6. Obyknovennoe chudo / An Ordinary Miracle (1979)
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Local Hero -- aka MestnyiGeroi wrote: September 25th, 2020, 1:59 am 3. (3-5?) D'Artagnan and the Three Musketeers (D'Artanyan i tri mushketyora)(Yungvald-Khilkevich, 1979) -- consists of three feature length films, so I guess it counts as three?
IMDB considers it a mini-serie, and the rule says:
Rules wrote:- For Mini-Series (40 minute episodes or longer) each episode counts as an entry.
So yes, counts as three.

I'll add 2 more points to BBB as he also saw it. I think he's the only one.

ANYONE OTHER THAN Local Hero AND BBB HAVE SEEN D'Artagnan and the Three Musketeers (D'Artanyan i tri mushketyora)(Yungvald-Khilkevich, 1979) EARLIER THIS MONTH ?
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14. Durak AKA The Fool (2014) 7/10
find it hard to write something that goes beyond what the movie rather explicitly tells. A corrupt government in which everyone just tries to get the best possible outcome for themselves and staying true to that principle even in the face of the fallout of that very behaviour. A lower class that has more or less accepted that life is hard and shit and lost the will to fight for something better because doing so will only lead to negative consequences for yourself without changing anything for better. One is a fool for idealistically believing otherwise. It tells these cynical points by following the protagonist that tries to be guided by his morals instead of personal profit and consequentially fails miserably. I decent feel-bad movie, maybe my main point of critique is that it feels a bit too...matter of fact/dogmatic? We are told what will happen from the start and so it happens.

15. Mer dare 1983 — a.k.a. Our Century 8+/10
An avantgarde montage of the technological explorer of mankind, centered on spaceflight and aviation and on personal sacrifice in advancing and tragedy in achieving this throughout the 20th century, between absurdities of early aviation and essentially loads of pictures of people losing their lives. The score adds a whole other dimension to this. It's rather short and highly recommended.
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1. Nevestka 1972 — a.k.a. The Daughter-In-Law 8-/10
2. Trys dienos 1991 — a.k.a. Three Days 8/10
3. Kin-dza-dza! (1986) 8/10
4. Vedreba 1967 8-/10
5. Kamen (1992) - a.k.a. The Stone 5/10
6. Aleksandr Nevskiy (1938) 6/10
7. Dersu Uzala 1975 8/10
8.1 Vinni-Pukh 1969 — a.k.a. Winnie-the-Pooh 6/10
8.2 Vinni-Pukh idyot v gosti 1971 — a.k.a. Winnie-the-Pooh Pays a Visit 6/10
8.3 Vinni-Pukh i den zabot 1972 — a.k.a. Winnie-the-Pooh and a Busy Day 6/10
8.4 The Old Man and the Sea 1999 8/10
9. Turksib 1929 8/10
10. Viy 1967 7/10
11. Oktyabr 1927 — a.k.a. October (Ten Days that Shook the World) 6/10
12. Krynytsya dlya sprahlykh 1965 — a.k.a. A Well for the Thirsty 8-/10
13. Ivan Groznyy. Skaz vtoroy: Boyarskiy zagovo 1958 — a.k.a. Ivan the Terrible, Part Two 5/10
14. Durak AKA The Fool (2014) 7/10
15. Mer dare 1983 — a.k.a. Our Century 8+/10

x.1 Yozhik v tumane 1975 — a.k.a. Hedgehog in the Fog 7/10
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Rank Participant Count 1000<400 500<400 DtC RU Guild RU ICMForum RU Livejournal TSPDT TSPDT2
1 blueboybob 72 3 1 0 20 7 12 0 1
2 sol 38 1 0 1 8 5 12 4 1
3 St. Gloede 32 1 0 1 5 2 2 0 1
4 jdidaco 24 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0
5 Mario Gaborović 20 0 0 0 3 5 4 4 1
6 Melvelet 15 6 5 6 1 14 4 4 0
7 cinephage 8 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0
8 AB537 7 0 0 1 4 5 4 4 2
9 72aicm 6 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
10 flavo5000 5 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
10 Local Hero -- aka MestnyiGeroi 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 OldAle1 5 2 1 0 2 0 0 0 1
13 peeptoad 4 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 0
14 hurluberlu 3 2 1 1 3 0 1 0 2
15 maxwelldeux 2 0 0 1 2 2 1 1 0
15 ororama 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
17 allisoncm 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
17 morrison-dylan-fan 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
17 Onderhond 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
17 sebby 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
- overall 252 16 8 12 51 45 44 20 9


Decade breakdown:
Decade Count
1910s 7
1920s 28
1930s 8
1940s 2
1950s 14
1960s 36
1970s 59
1980s 51
1990s 26
2000s 20
2010s 14
2020s 3

Director breakdown
Director Count
Dziga Vertov 9
Sergei M. Eisenstein 9
Aleksandr Sokurov 7
Aleksandr Mitta 6
Aleksey Balabanov 6
Aleksandr Tatarskiy 5
Boris Barnet 5
Georgiy Daneliya 5
Richard Viktorov 5
Roman Kachanov 5
Eldar Ryazanov 4
Elem Klimov 4
Leonid Gaidai 4
Lev Kuleshov 4
Aleksey German 3
Andrey Konchalovskiy 3
Fyodor Khitruk 3
Grigoriy Aleksandrov 3
Ivan Ivanov-Vano 3
Lev Atamanov 3
Nikita Mikhalkov 3
Sergei Yutkevich 3
Vladimir Menshov 3
Yevgeni Bauer 3
Akira Kurosawa 2
Aleksandr Petrov 2
Aleksandr Rogozhkin 2
Aleksandr Rou 2
Aleksandr Sery 2
Alla Surikova 2
Andrei Tarkovsky 2
Andrey Zvyagintsev 2
David Cherkasskiy 2
Gennadiy Kazanskiy 2
Gleb Panfilov 2
Igor Kovalyov 2
Karen Shakhnazarov 2
Larisa Shepitko 2
Marlen Khutsiev 2
Mikhail Kaufman 2
Mikhail Romm 2
Nathalia Hencker 2
Nina Agadzhanova 2
Roman Davydov 2
Sergei Bodrov 2
Sergey Loban 2
Sergey Solovev 2
Sharunas Bartas 2
Vadim Abdrashitov 2
Victor A. Turin 2
Vitali Kanevsky 2
Vladimir Chebotaryov 2
Vladimir Grammatikov 2
Yevgeni Karelov 2
Yuliya Solntseva 2
Yuri Ilyenko 2
Yuri Norstein 2
Aksel Lundin 1
Aleksandr Askoldov 1
Aleksandr Dovzhenko 1
Aleksandr Kaydanovskiy 1
Aleksandr Proshkin 1
Aleksei Saltykov 1
Aleksey German Jr. 1
Aleksey Popogrebskiy 1
Aleksey Uchitel 1
Alexandre Volkoff 1
Anatoliy Karanovich 1
Artavazd Peleshian 1
Arunas Zebriunas 1
Arvo Iho 1
Bojan Vuletic 1
Boris Ablynin 1
Boris Butakov(co-director) 1
Boris Khlebnikov 1
Boris Stepantsev 1
Davit Rondeli 1
Derek W. Hayes 1
Dmitriy Meskhiev 1
Dmitriy Vasilev 1
Dzhanik Fayziev 1
Edmond Keosayan 1
Eduard Nazarov 1
Efim Gamburg 1
Egor Abramenko 1
Egor Baranov 1
Fedor Bondarchuk 1
Francesco Prosperi 1
Fyodor Otsep 1
Gani Kistauov 1
Gennadiy Sokolskiy 1
Gennady Shpalikov 1
George Cukor 1
Georgi Vasilyev 1
Georgiy Kropachyov 1
Giorgi Shengelaia 1
Grigori Stobovoi 1
Grigoriy Roshal 1
Gulshat Omarova 1
Ideya Garanina 1
Igor Maslennikov 1
Ilya Averbakh 1
Ilya Kopalin 1
Iouri Tcherenkov 1
Irina Poplavskaya 1
Irina Povolotskaya 1
Isidor Simkov(co-director) 1
Ivan I. Tverdovskiy 1
Ivan Pyrev 1
Ivan Vyrypaev 1
Kazimir Gertel 1
Kenji Yoshida 1
Khodzha Kuli Narliyev 1
Kira Muratova 1
Kirill Lavrov 1
Konstantin Ershov 1
Konstantin Yudin 1
Leida Laius 1
Leonid Amalrik 1
Leonid Bykov 1
Lev Kulidzhanov 1
Margarita Mikaelyan 1
Mariano Baino 1
Mariya Saakyan 1
Mark Zakharov 1
Mikhail Kalatozov 1
Mikhail Kalik 1
Mikhail Tumelya 1
Mikhail Ulyanov 1
Mikhaïl Tsekhanovskii 1
Nana Dzhordzhadze 1
Nikolai Serebryakov 1
Nikolay Dostal 1
Nikoloz Shengelaia 1
Noah Sokolovsky 1
Oleg Teptsov 1
Otar Iosseliani 1
Pavel Chukhray 1
Pavel Lungin 1
Rashid Nugmanov 1
Rasim Odzhagov 1
Rolan Bykov 1
Roman Balayan 1
Sergey A. 1
Sergey Vasilev 1
Stanislav Rostotskiy 1
Stanislav Sokolov 1
Stella Aristakesova 1
Svyatoslav Podgaevskiy 1
Tatyana Ilina 1
Tengiz Abuladze 1
Timur Bekmambetov 1
Valentina Brumberg 1
Valeriy Ugarov 1
Vasili Pichul 1
Vasiliy Sigarev 1
Vitaliy Melnikov 1
Vitautas Mikalauskas 1
Vladimir Barsky 1
Vladimir Danilevich 1
Vladimir Danilyevich 1
Vladimir Fetin 1
Vladimir Motyl 1
Vladimir Petrov 1
Vladimir Polkovnikov 1
Vladimir Rogovoy 1
Vladimir Vilner 1
Vladislav Krivenchuk 1
Vsevolod Pudovkin 1
Wladyslaw Pasikowski 1
Yakov Bliokh 1
Yakov Protazanov 1
Yakov Segel 1
Yevgeni Chervyakov 1
Yuli Raizman 1
Yuri Mamin 1
Yuriy Bykov 1
Yuriy Norshteyn 1
Zhaken Danenov 1
Zinaida Brumberg 1
Éric Rohmer 1
Language breakdown
Language Count
Russian 225
German 20
None 17
English 16
French 11
Georgian 10
Ukrainian 7
Belarusian 3
Japanese 3
Chechen 2
Chinese 2
Finnish 2
Lithuanian 2
Russian Sign Language 2
Spanish 2
Turkish 2
Albanian 1
Azerbaijani 1
Bulgarian 1
Estonian 1
Greek 1
Hebrew 1
Latin 1
Polish 1
Saami 1
Serbian 1
Turkmen 1
Movies that have been challenged more than once
Times challenged Name Year IMDBICM
3 Come and See 1985 :imdb: :ICM:
3 Moscow: Cassiopea 1974 :imdb: :ICM:
3 Shine, Shine, My Star 1970 :imdb: :ICM:
3 Ivan the Terrible, Part II 1958 :imdb: :ICM:
2 A Man from Boulevard des Capucines 1987 :imdb: :ICM:
2 For Luck 1917 :imdb: :ICM:
2 Afonya 1975 :imdb: :ICM:
2 Misteriya-Buff 1969 :imdb: :ICM:
2 Amphibian Man 1962 :imdb: :ICM:
2 The Snow Queen 1957 :imdb: :ICM:
2 Of Freaks and Men 1998 :imdb: :ICM:
2 Children in the Universe 1975 :imdb: :ICM:
2 Gentlemen of Fortune 1971 :imdb: :ICM:
2 Man with a Movie Camera 1929 :imdb: :ICM:
2 Freeze Die Come to Life 1990 :imdb: :ICM:
2 Pyl 2005 :imdb: :ICM:
2 D'artagnan and Three Musketeers 1979– :imdb: :ICM:
2 Three Days 1991 :imdb: :ICM:
2 Godovshchina revolyutsii 1918 :imdb: :ICM:
2 Two-Buldi-Two 1929 :imdb: :ICM:
2 Two Comrades Served 1968 :imdb: :ICM:
2 Assa 1987 :imdb: :ICM:
2 Faust 2011 :imdb: :ICM:
2 Moloch 1999 :imdb: :ICM:
2 October (Ten Days that Shook the World) 1927 :imdb: :ICM:
2 Plastilinovaya vorona 1981 :imdb: :ICM:
2 Dersu Uzala 1975 :imdb: :ICM:
2 Turksib 1929 :imdb: :ICM:
2 The Adventures of Mowgli 1973 :imdb: :ICM:
2 Dom na Trubnoy 1928 :imdb: :ICM:
2 Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears 1980 :imdb: :ICM:
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clemmetarey wrote: September 26th, 2020, 8:31 am
Local Hero -- aka MestnyiGeroi wrote: September 25th, 2020, 1:59 am 3. (3-5?) D'Artagnan and the Three Musketeers (D'Artanyan i tri mushketyora)(Yungvald-Khilkevich, 1979) -- consists of three feature length films, so I guess it counts as three?
IMDB considers it a mini-serie, and the rule says:
Rules wrote:- For Mini-Series (40 minute episodes or longer) each episode counts as an entry.
So yes, counts as three.

I'll add 2 more points to BBB as he also saw it. I think he's the only one.

ANYONE OTHER THAN Local Hero AND BBB HAVE SEEN D'Artagnan and the Three Musketeers (D'Artanyan i tri mushketyora)(Yungvald-Khilkevich, 1979) EARLIER THIS MONTH ?
Spreadsheet says no
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From Russia with Love
1. A Man from Boulevard des Capucines (1987)
2. Watch Out for the Automobile (1966)
3. Kidnapping, Caucasian Style (1967)
4. Mio in the Land of Faraway (1987)
5. Assassin of the Tsar (1991)
6. The Commissar (1967)
7. Za Schastem (1917)
8. Zoology (2016)
9. Courier (1986)
10. Afonya (1975)
11. The Blue Bird (1976)
12. Twelve Chairs (1971)
13. Dark Waters (1993)
14. Interstelar (2014) FIRST CHECK!
15. Solaris (1972) REVISION
16. Stalker (1979) REVISION
17. Striped Trip (1961)
18. Operation 'Y' (1965)
19. Come and See (1985) REVISION
20. Misteriya-Buff (1969) FIRST CHECK!
21. Amphibian Man (1962)
22. The Snow Queen (1957)
23. Office Romance. (1977)
24. The Safety Match (1954)
25. Love and Pigeons (1985)
26. Igla / The Needle (1988)
27. Woman's Kingdom (1968)
28. Of Freaks and Men (1998)
29. Pippi Longstocking (1984)
30. Moscow-Cassiopeia (1973)
31. Teens in the Universe (1974)
32. Cold Summer of 1953 (1988)
33. Well, Come On, Smile (1985)
34. Gentlemen of Fortune (1971)
35. It Can't Be! / Impossible! (1975)
36. Man with a Movie Camera (1929)
37. Freeze, Die, Come to Life (1990)
38. Mayak / The Lighthouse (2006)

39. White Sun of the Desert (1970)

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From Russia with Love
1. A Man from Boulevard des Capucines (1987)
2. Watch Out for the Automobile (1966)
3. Kidnapping, Caucasian Style (1967)
4. Mio in the Land of Faraway (1987)
5. Assassin of the Tsar (1991)
6. The Commissar (1967)
7. Za Schastem (1917)
8. Zoology (2016)
9. Courier (1986)
10. Afonya (1975)
11. The Blue Bird (1976)
12. Twelve Chairs (1971)
13. Dark Waters (1993)
14. Interstelar (2014) FIRST CHECK!
15. Solaris (1972) REVISION
16. Stalker (1979) REVISION
17. Striped Trip (1961)
18. Operation 'Y' (1965)
19. Come and See (1985) REVISION
20. Misteriya-Buff (1969) FIRST CHECK!
21. Amphibian Man (1962)
22. The Snow Queen (1957)
23. Office Romance. (1977)
24. The Safety Match (1954)
25. Love and Pigeons (1985)
26. Igla / The Needle (1988)
27. Woman's Kingdom (1968)
28. Of Freaks and Men (1998)
29. Pippi Longstocking (1984)
30. Moscow-Cassiopeia (1973)
31. Teens in the Universe (1974)
32. Cold Summer of 1953 (1988)
33. Well, Come On, Smile (1985)
34. Gentlemen of Fortune (1971)
35. It Can't Be! / Impossible! (1975)
36. Man with a Movie Camera (1929)
37. Freeze, Die, Come to Life (1990)
38. Mayak / The Lighthouse (2006)
39. White Sun of the Desert (1970)

40. Where Are You, Bagira? (1977)

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Trust and friendship gradually develops between a girl and a noisy neighbourhood dog, much to the disappointment of its owner who wanted a guard dog in this emotionally charged Soviet drama. The film is powered through by a fantastic turn by its young lead actress, as well as from the dog whose mood and disposition changes over the course of the movie. The best feature here though is all the point-of-view camerawork whenever the dog runs.
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Melvelet wrote: September 26th, 2020, 8:52 am
clemmetarey wrote: September 26th, 2020, 8:31 am
Local Hero -- aka MestnyiGeroi wrote: September 25th, 2020, 1:59 am 3. (3-5?) D'Artagnan and the Three Musketeers (D'Artanyan i tri mushketyora)(Yungvald-Khilkevich, 1979) -- consists of three feature length films, so I guess it counts as three?
IMDB considers it a mini-serie, and the rule says:
Rules wrote:- For Mini-Series (40 minute episodes or longer) each episode counts as an entry.
So yes, counts as three.

I'll add 2 more points to BBB as he also saw it. I think he's the only one.

ANYONE OTHER THAN Local Hero AND BBB HAVE SEEN D'Artagnan and the Three Musketeers (D'Artanyan i tri mushketyora)(Yungvald-Khilkevich, 1979) EARLIER THIS MONTH ?
Spreadsheet says no
Thanks, and cheers for the stats.
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3. Letyat zhuravli/ The Cranes Are Flying (1957) 95 min.
4. Kino-tsirkCinema-Circus (1942) 4 min.
Ne toptat fashistskomu sapogu nashey rodinyFascist Boot on Our Homeland (1941) 3 min
StervyatnikiThe Vultures (1941) 2 min.
Zhurnal politsatiry No. 2Political Satire Magazine #2 (1941) 8 min.
Ditya bolshogo goroda/ Child of the Big City (1914) * 37 min.
Roman s kontrabasom/ Romance with a Double Bass (1911) * 7 min.

The Cranes Are Flying is one of my favorite movies, which I followed with 4 propaganda cartoons from the Great Patriotic War to watch something more cheerful. Yevgeny Bauer seems likely to become one of my favorite directors. Romance with a Double Bass was amusing.

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1. Sumerki zhenskoy dushi / Twilight of a Woman's Soul (1913) * 48 min.
2. Vnimanie! Volki!Beware of the Wolves! (1970) * 17 min.
Vasilyok (1973) 10 min.
Istoriya odnoy kuklyThe Story of One Doll (1984) 9 min.
Ego zhena kuritsaHen, His Wife (1990) * 13 min.
Lisa i zayatsThe Fox and the Hare (1973) * 12 min.

*First time viewing.
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4. Trial on the Road / Proverka na dorogakh (Aleksey German, 1986) 7+
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From Russia with Love
1. A Man from Boulevard des Capucines (1987)
2. Watch Out for the Automobile (1966)
3. Kidnapping, Caucasian Style (1967)
4. Mio in the Land of Faraway (1987)
5. Assassin of the Tsar (1991)
6. The Commissar (1967)
7. Za Schastem (1917)
8. Zoology (2016)
9. Courier (1986)
10. Afonya (1975)
11. The Blue Bird (1976)
12. Twelve Chairs (1971)
13. Dark Waters (1993)
14. Interstelar (2014) FIRST CHECK!
15. Solaris (1972) REVISION
16. Stalker (1979) REVISION
17. Striped Trip (1961)
18. Operation 'Y' (1965)
19. Come and See (1985) REVISION
20. Misteriya-Buff (1969) FIRST CHECK!
21. Amphibian Man (1962)
22. The Snow Queen (1957)
23. Office Romance. (1977)
24. The Safety Match (1954)
25. Love and Pigeons (1985)
26. Igla / The Needle (1988)
27. Woman's Kingdom (1968)
28. Of Freaks and Men (1998)
29. Pippi Longstocking (1984)
30. Moscow-Cassiopeia (1973)
31. Teens in the Universe (1974)
32. Cold Summer of 1953 (1988)
33. Well, Come On, Smile (1985)
34. Gentlemen of Fortune (1971)
35. It Can't Be! / Impossible! (1975)
36. Man with a Movie Camera (1929)
37. Freeze, Die, Come to Life (1990)
38. Mayak / The Lighthouse (2006)
39. White Sun of the Desert (1970)
40. Where Are You, Bagira? (1977)

41. Gražuolė / The Beauty (1969)

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This coming-of-age drama from Soviet Lithuania focuses on a girl whose confidence is shattered when a new boy in the neighbourhood calls her ugly. While her lack of resilience does not click, Inga Mickyte does an amazing job in the lead role, progressing from vibrant to mournful and full of self-doubt, staring in the mirror and egged into visiting a beauty salon to improve her appearance, where she is freaked out by buzzing noises.
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1. Shchedroe leto / Bountiful Summer (Boris Barnet, 1951)
2. Dom na Trubnoy / The House on Trubnaya Square (Boris Barnet, 1928)
3. Malenkaya Vera / Little Vera (Vasili Pichul, 1988)
4. Turksib (Victor A. Turin, 1929)
5. Shagay, Sovet! / Stride, Soviet! (Dziga Vertov, 1926)
6. Padenie dinastii Romanovykh / The Fall of the Romanov Dynasty (Esfir Shub, 1927)

Another paean to the end of the Tsars and the Revolution, this essentially charts the 4 years from 1913-1917, in which Tsar Nicholas puts on a huge pageant celebrating 300 years of his family's rule - contrast with starving people - followed soon after by a war involving all of the autocrats who dined in pomp and circumstance with him the year previously, led by well-fed generals smoking their fine cigars and drinking their champagne - while the proletariat die in the trenches - followed by unrest and eventually, revolution! This is a well-made but fairly conventional (especially by the brilliant Soviet standards of the time) documentary that goes over ground I've seen in dozens of films and doesn't provide much that's new or interesting. Perhaps had I seen it before so many other masterworks I'd be a little more enthusiastic, but as it is it struck me as "fine", nothing special.

7. Otets Sergiy / Father Sergius (Yakov Protazanov / Alexandre Volkoff, 1918)
8. Shinel / The Overcoat (Grigory Kozintsev / Leonid Trauberg, 1926)

Two films based on works by two of the greatest of 19th century writers - Tolstoy and Gogol respectively - and two films involving life-long, destructive obsessions.

Otets Sergiy was made literally in the middle of revolution, as the Tsars - who would have disallowed a film that portrays the leader as having extramarital affiairs - gave way to the Communists, who would have objected to the relatively positive portrayal of religion and of the feverish sexual tensions on display. So as one IMDb comments suggests, a film that couldn't be made again in the country for many decades. Ivan Mozzhukhin, one of the great mostly forgotten figures of European cinema from this period, is Prince Kasatsky, a lesser noble who makes the mistake of falling for Countess Korotkova, who is having an affair with the Tsar; interestingly enough, this isn't a problem for the Tsar or the woman ultimately - she agrees to marry our smitten count - but for the pious or at least puritanical Kasatsky, who cannot tolerate finding out that she was the Tsar's consort. He immediately leaves the world behind and becomes a celibate priest, but the world won't leave him behind, any more than his memories... this is a powerful portrait of obsession and a lifetime of grief, and on a certain level of a man not being able to understand himself; it feels rather ahead of it's time as a psychologically realistic portrayal of a man unable to commit either to God or man's world, and Mozzhukin embodies this tension beautifully.

Shinel is based on two Gogol stories, "Nevsky Prospekt" and "The Overcoat", both of which I read in college (in English) when I was going through my phase of obsession with Russian literature. I had only the dimmest of memories and if you'd asked me before seeing this film I'd have said perhaps that I remembered the latter story as sort of a forerunner to Kafka, or in the same vein as Melville's "Bartleby" - a portrait of a small man in a mad world in some sense, with a dose of something like surrealism. And that's relatively accurate. The two tales don't blend perfectly - in the first our meek clerk Baschmachkin (to have been played by Chaplin, had the filmmakers been able to tempt him to risk his American resident status) gets involved with swindlers in an attempt to meet a beautiful lady, but realizing that they are only using him, retreats into isolation and decades later as an old man dreams only of a new overcoat, and saves and scrimps to get one, only to find out that the moments of happiness are fleeting. Very well done with a dour, sardonic and cynical tone, but as I said the two parts don't quite gel perfectly - and the print on this could certainly have been better.

9. Suramis tsikhe / The Suram Fortress (Ivani Perestiani, 1922)

Another film based on a 19th-century literary source, though much more obscure (at least in the west) than Tolstoy or Gogol, this comes from Georgian writer Daniel Chonkadze's novel of the same name, published in 1860; it was adapted again by Sergei Parajanov in the 1980s, though the Paranjanov film is not anything like a straightforward moralizing adventure tale as this version ended up being. This was an OK copy with readable subs but it feels like there is something missing anyway, and I suspect that's in the filmmaking - too rushed an opening, too many characters who aren't clear in their relations to each other, and who mostly disappear early on. The main story becomes one of two lovers who are parted when the man, Durmishkan, goes away to earn money to free the woman, Vardo, but forgets her and ends up marrying another - at which point a revenge theme which we saw early in the film re-asserts itself in a new context. I think this has some promising stuff and it's nicely shot with some location work that's different from what I've seen in most films of this era - ancient stonework towns and fortresses out in the rural vastness - but the story just didn't come together, too much not well explained in a short running time.

10. Oblomok imperii / Fragment of an Empire (Fridrikh Ermler, 1929)

2 viewings. Let this review be an object lesson in doing at least the minimal research, folks! At least when watching an older, more obscure film - and a silent one at that. I'd known about this for years, remember reading some great review of it somewhere but never had gotten around to it. Few votes on IMDb or ICM, not available at my library or on any of the various discs I have, so I stupidly just went for the easy route and checked the link on ICM which led to a very poor-quality 72-minute YouTube copy. I watched it anyway and was glued to the screen right away, even though the images were so dim - the beginning of the film is mostly set at night with low, maybe natural light sources and even in a higher grade copy it's a little difficult, but in this low-res version almost impossible. And yet the story and the editing were immediately compelling - a man lost in himself, amnesiac, saves another, younger man from certain death during the war, and then goes back into his own miserable life only to be "re-awakened" a decade later by a wisp of a memory, a moment's vision of a woman on a train. Rapidly figuring out himself, who he was an who she was, he goes in search of her...

I watched to the end and though there were parts that were indecipherable due to the poor quality it was mesmerizing anyway. A man lost for more than a decade, who has missed the whole revolution, coming back to St Petersburg - even the name of the city has changed! - in search of his old master, his wife, roaming the streets, alone, crazed-looking - this is compelling both despite and because of the politics, at the same time. Because - he doesn't have to be a serf anymore, all men are brothers, we all work together...despite - the ending does get a big heavy-handed, and the final act is a little problematic in it's attitudes about women, or maybe I should say it's unclear to me and I feel it shouldn't be. But all in all it was a powerful experience, despite the extremely low quality of the source. So much so that I read up a little bit about it - including a review by a member here who mentions seeing it at a festival; so perhaps there was a better copy in circulation after all? About 30 seconds looking gave me the answer - the 2018 restoration, running almost 40 minutes longer and about 100x better quality (even in only 480p) was in fact on YouTube, so last night I watched it again.

And this time I certainly got enough to be able to rate it, and in fact I find it among the greatest of all Soviet silent films, a masterpiece in both it's brilliant and characteristic montage (used carefully and somewhat rarely) and it's more conventional - but still brilliant - filmmaking moments. The scene of the streetcar for example is a great example of both high-quality filmmaking in a live environment in this early era - on a real streetcar - and editing as our hero Filmonov makes more realizations about how the world has changed in a dozen or so years. And the scene with the young soldier wanting something to drink when there is only a mother dog near the beginning - and what happens to the dog and the soldier - and how it is recalled later in the film. But perhaps the greatest takeaway from the film for me - unusual for a Soviet film of this era which is just as stunning in it's overall filmmaking as anything - is the performance of Fyodor Nikitin in the central role of Filmonov, the lost soldier, hanging on himself to his "fragment of empire" until he finds his place in the new world, and finds others more lost than himself in a different way (this is the part of the ending that really works). Nikitin is absolutely amazing, fully inhabiting this role and embracing both a subtlety more characteristic of later sound film and just enough of the wild overacting that we often see in the silent era - and which is actually appropriate to this wild-man character.

Brilliant - the best film I've seen this month or in the last 2-3.

11. Odinnadtsatyy / The Eleventh Year (Dziga Vertov, 1928)

Like the Esfir Shub film above, this is a relatively prosaic and lesser documentary/propaganda work from this period in my eyes. There are some brilliant moments - the particular way Vertov uses superimpositions and split-screen techniques is impressive, and the several long-ish tracks through or outside of factories are lovely, but this is another of those "see what the Soviet system has accomplished so far and see what we WILL accomplish in the future when the workers of the world unite" films, and it doesn't offer anything I haven't seen before apart from maybe different locations - much of this is set along the Dnieper in what is now Ukraine.
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7. Eyforiya / Euphoria (2006)
8. Tri topolya na Plyushchikhe / Three Poplars at Plyuschika (1968)
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1-5. Mesto vstrechi izmenit nelzya / The Meeting Place Cannot Be Changed (1979)
6. Obyknovennoe chudo / An Ordinary Miracle (1979)
7. Eyforiya / Euphoria (2006)
8. Tri topolya na Plyushchikhe / Three Poplars at Plyuschika (1968)
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71. Ten Little Indians (1987)
72. Dom, v kotorom ya zhivu (1957)
73. Zhenitba Balzaminova (1965)
74. Courier (1986)
75. A Slave of Love (1976)
76. Mimino (1977)
77. Only Old Men Are Going to Battle (1974)
78. Afonya (1975)
79. Ironiya sudby, ili S legkim parom! (1975)
80. At Home Among Strangers, a Stranger Among His Own (1974)
81. Ne goryuy! (1968)
82. Monologue (1973)
83. The Story of the Voyages (1983)
84. We'll Live Till Monday (1968)


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8. Katok i skripka - The Steamroller and the Violin (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1961) 7/10 ... nice of Criterion to include this as a bonus feature with their latest edition of Andrei Rublev
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From Russia with Love
1. A Man from Boulevard des Capucines (1987)
2. Watch Out for the Automobile (1966)
3. Kidnapping, Caucasian Style (1967)
4. Mio in the Land of Faraway (1987)
5. Assassin of the Tsar (1991)
6. The Commissar (1967)
7. Za Schastem (1917)
8. Zoology (2016)
9. Courier (1986)
10. Afonya (1975)
11. The Blue Bird (1976)
12. Twelve Chairs (1971)
13. Dark Waters (1993)
14. Interstelar (2014) FIRST CHECK!
15. Solaris (1972) REVISION
16. Stalker (1979) REVISION
17. Striped Trip (1961)
18. Operation 'Y' (1965)
19. Come and See (1985) REVISION
20. Misteriya-Buff (1969) FIRST CHECK!
21. Amphibian Man (1962)
22. The Snow Queen (1957)
23. Office Romance. (1977)
24. The Safety Match (1954)
25. Love and Pigeons (1985)
26. Igla / The Needle (1988)
27. Woman's Kingdom (1968)
28. Of Freaks and Men (1998)
29. Pippi Longstocking (1984)
30. Moscow-Cassiopeia (1973)
31. Teens in the Universe (1974)
32. Cold Summer of 1953 (1988)
33. Well, Come On, Smile (1985)
34. Gentlemen of Fortune (1971)
35. It Can't Be! / Impossible! (1975)
36. Man with a Movie Camera (1929)
37. Freeze, Die, Come to Life (1990)
38. Mayak / The Lighthouse (2006)
39. White Sun of the Desert (1970)
40. Where Are You, Bagira? (1977)
41. Gražuolė / The Beauty (1969)

42. The Hijacking of Savoy (1979)

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This certainly works as action movie; as an adventure tale though it disappoints. While the locations are excellent, once the characters reach South America, the dangers and unknowns of the jungle are never as daunting as the smugglers with the film feeling like a routine escaping captivity yarn. Most underwhelming though is a limited focus given to a curious girl and boy who, after being introduced as protagonists, soon fade into the backdrop.
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From Russia with Love
1. A Man from Boulevard des Capucines (1987)
2. Watch Out for the Automobile (1966)
3. Kidnapping, Caucasian Style (1967)
4. Mio in the Land of Faraway (1987)
5. Assassin of the Tsar (1991)
6. The Commissar (1967)
7. Za Schastem (1917)
8. Zoology (2016)
9. Courier (1986)
10. Afonya (1975)
11. The Blue Bird (1976)
12. Twelve Chairs (1971)
13. Dark Waters (1993)
14. Interstelar (2014) FIRST CHECK!
15. Solaris (1972) REVISION
16. Stalker (1979) REVISION
17. Striped Trip (1961)
18. Operation 'Y' (1965)
19. Come and See (1985) REVISION
20. Misteriya-Buff (1969) FIRST CHECK!
21. Amphibian Man (1962)
22. The Snow Queen (1957)
23. Office Romance. (1977)
24. The Safety Match (1954)
25. Love and Pigeons (1985)
26. Igla / The Needle (1988)
27. Woman's Kingdom (1968)
28. Of Freaks and Men (1998)
29. Pippi Longstocking (1984)
30. Moscow-Cassiopeia (1973)
31. Teens in the Universe (1974)
32. Cold Summer of 1953 (1988)
33. Well, Come On, Smile (1985)
34. Gentlemen of Fortune (1971)
35. It Can't Be! / Impossible! (1975)
36. Man with a Movie Camera (1929)
37. Freeze, Die, Come to Life (1990)
38. Mayak / The Lighthouse (2006)
39. White Sun of the Desert (1970)
40. Where Are You, Bagira? (1977)
41. Gražuolė / The Beauty (1969)
42. The Hijacking of Savoy (1979)

43. Our Teacher Jabish (1969)

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This benefits from a curious backdrop (World War II Azerbaijan) but I found the characterisations to be a little simple. Suleiman Aleskerov is well cast, but his unrelenting patriotism (he would fight if not for his "binoculars"-like glasses) and pride in doing his job well rather than making money is handled with little subtlety. His wife asking him to make soap since he would get more money selling soap than teaching is sort of interesting though.
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09.a Kino-pravda no. 16, by Dziga Vertov (1923) 7,5/10 - 24 minutes
09.b Kino-pravda no. 17, by Dziga Vertov (1923) 7,5/10 - 14 minutes
09.c Kino-pravda no. 18, by Dziga Vertov (1924) 7,5/10 - 13 minutes
09.d Kino-pravda no. 19, by Dziga Vertov (1924) 7,5/10 - 13 minutes

A strange apparition of entertainment in the middle of one of these films is to be mentionned, as well as an hommage to the death of Gustave Eiffel. However, there is an undeniable repetition of the industry/farmers'work/proud soldiers' march pattern...
Russian delicacies (09)
01. Sputnik, by Egor Abramenko (2020) 7,5/10
02. Kinoglaz, by Dziga Vertov (1924) 7/10
03.a Kino-pravda no. 21 - Leninskaia Kino-pravda. Kinopoema o Lenine, by Dziga Vertov (1924) 7,5/10 - 29 minutes
03.b Kino-pravda no. 1, by Dziga Vertov (1922) 7,5/10 - 10 minutes
03.c Kino-pravda no. 2, by Dziga Vertov (1922) 7,5/10 - 10 minutes
03.d Kino-pravda no. 3, by Dziga Vertov (1922) 7,5/10 - 7 minutes
03.e Kino-pravda no. 4, by Dziga Vertov (1922) 7,5/10 - 7 minutes
03.f Kino-pravda no. 5, by Dziga Vertov (1922) 7,5/10 - 7 minutes

04.a Kino-pravda no. 6, by Dziga Vertov (1922) 7,5/10 - 13 minutes
04.b Kino-pravda no. 7, by Dziga Vertov (1922) 7,5/10 - 11 minutes
04.c Kino-pravda no. 8, by Dziga Vertov (1922) 7,5/10 - 13 minutes
04.d Kino-pravda no. 9, by Dziga Vertov (1922) 7,5/10 - 12 minutes
04.e Kino-pravda no. 10, by Dziga Vertov (1922) 7,5/10 - 12 minutes

05. Moskva slezam ne verit / Moscow does not believe in tears, by Vladimir Menshov (1980) 9/10
06.a Kino-pravda no. 11, by Dziga Vertov (1922) 7,5/10 - 16 minutes
06.b Kino-pravda no. 13, by Dziga Vertov (1922) 7,5/10 - 20 minutes
06.c Kino-pravda no. 14, by Dziga Vertov (1923) 7,5/10 - 12 minutes
06.d Kino-pravda no. 15, by Dziga Vertov (1923) 7,5/10 - 16 minutes

07. Avanpost, by Egor Baranov (2019) 8,5/10
08. Vtorzhenie, by Fedor Bondarchuk (2020) 5,5/10
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All doubles with the silent challenge but might as well include:
1. Bed and Sofa (1927, Room) 8
2. By the Law (1926, Kuleshov) 8
3. Mother (1926, Pudovkin) 7
4. Storm over Asia (1928, Pudovkin) 7
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From Russia with Love
1. A Man from Boulevard des Capucines (1987)
2. Watch Out for the Automobile (1966)
3. Kidnapping, Caucasian Style (1967)
4. Mio in the Land of Faraway (1987)
5. Assassin of the Tsar (1991)
6. The Commissar (1967)
7. Za Schastem (1917)
8. Zoology (2016)
9. Courier (1986)
10. Afonya (1975)
11. The Blue Bird (1976)
12. Twelve Chairs (1971)
13. Dark Waters (1993)
14. Interstelar (2014) FIRST CHECK!
15. Solaris (1972) REVISION
16. Stalker (1979) REVISION
17. Striped Trip (1961)
18. Operation 'Y' (1965)
19. Come and See (1985) REVISION
20. Misteriya-Buff (1969) FIRST CHECK!
21. Amphibian Man (1962)
22. The Snow Queen (1957)
23. Office Romance. (1977)
24. The Safety Match (1954)
25. Love and Pigeons (1985)
26. Igla / The Needle (1988)
27. Woman's Kingdom (1968)
28. Of Freaks and Men (1998)
29. Pippi Longstocking (1984)
30. Moscow-Cassiopeia (1973)
31. Teens in the Universe (1974)
32. Cold Summer of 1953 (1988)
33. Well, Come On, Smile (1985)
34. Gentlemen of Fortune (1971)
35. It Can't Be! / Impossible! (1975)
36. Man with a Movie Camera (1929)
37. Freeze, Die, Come to Life (1990)
38. Mayak / The Lighthouse (2006)
39. White Sun of the Desert (1970)
40. Where Are You, Bagira? (1977)
41. Gražuolė / The Beauty (1969)
42. The Hijacking of Savoy (1979)
43. Our Teacher Jabish (1969)

44. White Mountains (1965)

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A Soviet Kyrgyzstani drama shot in stark black and white; the mountainous landscapes look simultaneously foreboding and beautiful and the initial chase sequence is incredibly well done with lots of low camera angles, point-of-view shots and a suspenseful music score. There is also some tension as the protagonist hides out with a family and has to pretend to be a relative. I didn't like the love angle here, but the trek near the end was still engaging.
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85. The Fool (2014)
86. East/West (1999)
87. The Girl and Death (2012)
88. Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan (2007)
89. Palms (1994)
90. Yuri's Day (2008)
91. Twelve Chairs (1971)
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9. Neotpravlennoe pismo - Letter Never Sent (Mikhail Kalatozov, 1960) 7.5/10
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92. Oh How It Hurts 66 (1967)
93. Beg (1971)
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From Russia with Love
1. A Man from Boulevard des Capucines (1987)
2. Watch Out for the Automobile (1966)
3. Kidnapping, Caucasian Style (1967)
4. Mio in the Land of Faraway (1987)
5. Assassin of the Tsar (1991)
6. The Commissar (1967)
7. Za Schastem (1917)
8. Zoology (2016)
9. Courier (1986)
10. Afonya (1975)
11. The Blue Bird (1976)
12. Twelve Chairs (1971)
13. Dark Waters (1993)
14. Interstelar (2014) FIRST CHECK!
15. Solaris (1972) REVISION
16. Stalker (1979) REVISION
17. Striped Trip (1961)
18. Operation 'Y' (1965)
19. Come and See (1985) REVISION
20. Misteriya-Buff (1969) FIRST CHECK!
21. Amphibian Man (1962)
22. The Snow Queen (1957)
23. Office Romance. (1977)
24. The Safety Match (1954)
25. Love and Pigeons (1985)
26. Igla / The Needle (1988)
27. Woman's Kingdom (1968)
28. Of Freaks and Men (1998)
29. Pippi Longstocking (1984)
30. Moscow-Cassiopeia (1973)
31. Teens in the Universe (1974)
32. Cold Summer of 1953 (1988)
33. Well, Come On, Smile (1985)
34. Gentlemen of Fortune (1971)
35. It Can't Be! / Impossible! (1975)
36. Man with a Movie Camera (1929)
37. Freeze, Die, Come to Life (1990)
38. Mayak / The Lighthouse (2006)
39. White Sun of the Desert (1970)
40. Where Are You, Bagira? (1977)
41. Gražuolė / The Beauty (1969)
42. The Hijacking of Savoy (1979)
43. Our Teacher Jabish (1969)
44. White Mountains (1965)

45. The Veldt / Veld (1987)

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Adapted from a story by Ray Bradbury, this fascinating Soviet horror movie is set in the near-future and revolves around a couple who become concerned that their children are spending too much time in their virtual reality room. While the special effects are crude by contemporary standards, the "television walls" of the room are wonderfully imaginative and the film gets a number of thrills and chills from the children's erratic behaviour.
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1. Dva-Buldi-dva / Two-Buldi-Two (1929, Nina Agadzhanova, Lev Kuleshov) 5/10
2. Iz-pod svodov mecheti (1928, Kazimir Gertel) 4/10
3. Godovshchina revolyutsii / Anniversary of the Revolution (1918, Dziga Vertov) 4/10
4-6. Miss Mend (1926, Boris Barnet, Fyodor Otsep) 7/10

Aleksandr Sokurov:
7. Skorbnoye beschuvstviye / Mournful Unconcern (1987) 5/10
8. Molokh (1999) 6.5/10
9. Faust (2011) 5/10

Andrey Konchalovskiy:

10. Dyadya Vanya / Uncle Vanya (1971) 6/10
11. Romans o vlyublyonnykh / A Lover's Romance (1974) 4/10
12. Belye nochi pochtalyona Alekseya Tryapitsyna / The Postman's White Nights (2014) 6/10

Aleksandr Mitta focus:

13. Gori, gori, moya zvezda / Shine, Shine, My Star (1970) 7/10
14. Moskva, lyubov moya / Moscow, My Love (1974) 4/10
15. Skaz pro to, kak tsar Pyotr arapa zhenil / How Czar Peter the Great Married Off His Moor (1976) 7/10
16. Ekipazh / The Crew (1980) 4/10

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17. Zydrasis Horizontas (1958, Vitautas Mikalauskas) 6/10
18. Do svidaniya, malchiki! / Goodbye, Boys (1964, Mikhail Kalik) 6/10
19. Dolgaya schastlivaya zhizn (1967, Gennady Shpalikov) 4/10
20. Pervyy eshelon / The First Echelon (1957, Mikhail Kalatozov) 5/10
21. Legenda o knyagine Olge / The Legend of Princess Olga (1983, Yyri Ilyenko) 7/10
22. Nezabyvaemoe / Unforgettable (1967, Yuliya Solntseva) 6.5/10
23. Gospodin oformitel / Mister Designer (1987, Oleg Teptsov) 8/10
24. Moskva slezam ne verit / Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears (1980, Vladimir Menshov) 7.5/10
25. Dzhamilya (1969, Sergei Yutkevich, Irina Poplavskaya) 7/10
26. Shla sobaka po royalyu / A Dog Was Walking on the Piano (1978, Vladimir Grammatikov) 4/10
27. Poslesloviye / Epilogue (1983, Marlen Khutsiev) 5/10
28. Ilinskiy o Mayakovskom / Mayakovsky Laughs (1973, Sergei Yutkevich, Anatoliy Karanovich) 8/10
29. Groza / Thunderstorm (1934, Vladimir Vetrov) 5/10
30. Assa (1988, Sergey Solovev) 8/10
31. Mamluqi (1958, Davit Rondeli) 6/10
32. Obyknovennyy fashizm / Ordinary Fascism (1965, Mikhail Romm) 8.5/10
33. Spasatel / The Lifeguard (1980, Sergey Solovev) 7/10
34. Prevrashchenie / The Metamorphosis (2004, Valeri Folkin) 7/10
35. Skazka o poteryannom vremeni / A Tale of Lost Times (1964, Aleksandr Ptushko) 6/10
36. Malenkaya Vera / Little Vera (1988, Vasili Pichul) 7/10
37. Samkauli satrposatvis / A Necklace for My Beloved (1971, Tengiz Abuladze) 7.5-8/10
38. Koshka, kotoraya gulyala sama po sebe / The Cat Who Walked by Herself (1988, Ideya Garanina) 6/10
39. V shest chasov vechera posle voyny / Six P.M (1944, Ivan Pyryev) 5/10
40. Proshchanie / Farewell (1983, Elem Klimov) 7/10
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I had really hoped to get to 50, I suppose I shouldn't have strayed too far away with other viewings, but the success rate (great watches) was just too low this time around. At least I managed to sneak in A Necklace for My Beloved, which was one of the main films I wanted to see for this challenge and one of my top viewings as well. A very light outing from Abuladze, but also a really playful and fairly funny (if not a little silly) one.

I have a few shorter Soviet films left, so I might still get to 45.
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St. Gloede wrote: September 29th, 2020, 7:16 am I have a few shorter Soviet films left, so I might still get to 45.
Gotta stay ahead of Chris, gotta stay ahead of Chris. :run: :sweat:

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1. A Man from Boulevard des Capucines (1987)
2. Watch Out for the Automobile (1966)
3. Kidnapping, Caucasian Style (1967)
4. Mio in the Land of Faraway (1987)
5. Assassin of the Tsar (1991)
6. The Commissar (1967)
7. Za Schastem (1917)
8. Zoology (2016)
9. Courier (1986)
10. Afonya (1975)
11. The Blue Bird (1976)
12. Twelve Chairs (1971)
13. Dark Waters (1993)
14. Interstelar (2014) FIRST CHECK!
15. Solaris (1972) REVISION
16. Stalker (1979) REVISION
17. Striped Trip (1961)
18. Operation 'Y' (1965)
19. Come and See (1985) REVISION
20. Misteriya-Buff (1969) FIRST CHECK!
21. Amphibian Man (1962)
22. The Snow Queen (1957)
23. Office Romance. (1977)
24. The Safety Match (1954)
25. Love and Pigeons (1985)
26. Igla / The Needle (1988)
27. Woman's Kingdom (1968)
28. Of Freaks and Men (1998)
29. Pippi Longstocking (1984)
30. Moscow-Cassiopeia (1973)
31. Teens in the Universe (1974)
32. Cold Summer of 1953 (1988)
33. Well, Come On, Smile (1985)
34. Gentlemen of Fortune (1971)
35. It Can't Be! / Impossible! (1975)
36. Man with a Movie Camera (1929)
37. Freeze, Die, Come to Life (1990)
38. Mayak / The Lighthouse (2006)
39. White Sun of the Desert (1970)
40. Where Are You, Bagira? (1977)
41. Gražuolė / The Beauty (1969)
42. The Hijacking of Savoy (1979)
43. Our Teacher Jabish (1969)
44. White Mountains (1965)
45. The Veldt / Veld (1987)

46. Visitor to a Museum (1989)

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This has several striking images with frequent red filters and some scenes merely illuminated by fire or candlelight. Taken as a narrative though, this was less satisfying for me; the film shies over why the man so desperately wants to go there as well as the conditions that have led to so many mutants. I also found the whole thing too dialogue-heavy to work as a mood piece. It is daringly different though, if never as crazy as the promotional artwork.
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1. Prevrashchenie (2002) 5/10
Managed to get one in. Sorry sol :(

The film is shot in a creative way, that makes the film enjoyable to follow. But the characters quickly got on my nerve. Especially the main one, I found him annoying. I tend to dislike films where people shout or are loud for no reason. Him crawling around would have been enough to get the message across for me.

That being said the film is very faithful to the book, so those who liked it might give it a shot.
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Haha, well, there you go Sol. I'd be shocked if I managed 6 films over 2 work days.
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St. Gloede wrote: September 29th, 2020, 7:16 am but the success rate (great watches) was just too low this time around.


I agree with this soooo hard
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clemmetarey wrote: September 29th, 2020, 12:09 pm 1. Prevrashchenie (2002) 5/10
Managed to get one in. Sorry sol :(

... the film is very faithful to the book, so those who liked it might give it a shot.
That's okay; thanks for giving it a shot. I was thinking about nominating the film for the World Cup, but after your reaction and Chris going like-but-not-love for it, I think it is probably a little too divisive. Which is again okay. I'll have plenty of time to plug it during the Kafka podcast. :)

(for anybody else reading this and unaware, Prevrashchenie is in my all-time top 20)
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blueboybob wrote: September 29th, 2020, 1:14 pm
St. Gloede wrote: September 29th, 2020, 7:16 am but the success rate (great watches) was just too low this time around.
I agree with this soooo hard
:blink: Am I the only person in the top 3 for this Challenge who has actually been enjoying it? And do I get extra points for that? :unsure:

All kidding aside, this Challenge has been amazing for me: two newly seen films in my top movies list, two other newly seen films added to my 500<400 ballot, plenty of other 7s and 8s, a new director in my top 200 directors list, a rewatch of my third favourite film of all time, which still stacked up. Really, I've been simply loving this Challenge. Very few genuinely bad films seen too.
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94. Starshiy syn (1976)
95. Belorussky Station (1971)
96. Nebyvalshchina (1984)
97. Voenno-polevoy roman (1983)
98. The Train Has Stopped (1982)
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5. An Ordinary Miracle / Obyknovennoe chudo (Mark Zakharov, 1979)
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99. Yunost Maksima (1935)
100. The Cold Summer of 1953 (1988)
101. The Ugly Story (1966)
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6. Tayna tretey planety a.k.a. Mystery of the Third Planet (1981)
7. Po zakonu a.k.a. By the Law (1926)
8a. Strekoza i muravey a.k.a. The Dragonfly and the Ant (1913)
8b. Pochta a.k.a. Hail by Mail (1929)
8c. Bolero (1993)
8d. 5/4 (1990)
8e. Kele (1988)
8f. Shpionskie strasti a.k.a. Passion of Spies (1967)
9. Zakoldovannyy malchik a.k.a. The Enchanted Boy (1955)
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1a. Karlson vernulsya a.k.a. Karlson Returns (Soviet Union, 1970)
1b. Okhota a.k.a. The Hunt (Soviet Union, 1988)
1c. Korova a.k.a. The Cow (Soviet Union, 1989)
1d. Gargarin (Russia, 1994)
1e. Puteshestvie muravya a.k.a. Travels of an Ant (Soviet Union, 1983)
2. Konyok-gorbunok a.k.a. The Magic Pony (1975)
3a. Krokodil Gena a.k.a. Gena the Crocodile (1969)
3b. Cheburashka (1971)
3c. Shapoklyak - The Gibus (1974)
3d. Cheburashka idyot v shkolu a.k.a. Cheburashka Goes To School (1983)
4a. Zhuravlinye perya a.k.a. Crane's Feathers (1977)
4b. La grande migration (1998)
4c. Tsaplya i zhuravl a.k.a. The Heron & the Crane (1974)
4d. Seraya sheyka a.k.a. Little Gray Neck (1946)
4e. Krylya, nogi i khvosty a.k.a. Wings, Legs & Tails (1986)
4f. Plastilinovaya vorona a.k.a. Clay Crow (1981)
5. Maugli a.k.a. Adventures of Mowgli (1973)
6. Tayna tretey planety a.k.a. Mystery of the Third Planet (1981)
7. Po zakonu a.k.a. By the Law (1926)
8a. Strekoza i muravey a.k.a. The Dragonfly and the Ant (1913)
8b. Pochta a.k.a. Hail by Mail (1929)
8c. Bolero (1993)
8d. 5/4 (1990)
8e. Kele (1988)
8f. Shpionskie strasti a.k.a. Passion of Spies (1967)
9. Zakoldovannyy malchik a.k.a. The Enchanted Boy (1955)
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21. Aelita (1924)
22. Posetitel muzeya (1989)
23. Kamennyy tsvetok (1946)
24. Operatsiya 'Y' i drugie priklyucheniya Shurika (1965)
25. Papa, sdokhni (2018)

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01. Stachka (1925)
02. Oktyabr (1927)
03. Skazka o rybake i rybke (1950) + Zolotaya antilopa (1954) + Ivan Groznyy III (1988)
04. Velikiy voin Albanii Skanderbeg (1953)
05. Otets Sergiy (1918)
06. Ivan Groznyy (1944)
07. Ivan Groznyy. Skaz vtoroy: Boyarskiy zagovor (1958)
08. Brat 2 (2000)
09. Tsirk (1936)
10. Afonya (1975)
11. Chelovek-Amfibiya (1962)
12. Ölsəm... bağışla (1989)
13. Korolevstvo krivykh zerkal (1963)
14. Morozko (1965)
15. V boy idut odni 'stariki' (1974)
16. Ya zhdu ptentsa (1966) + Shkatulka s sekretom (1976) + Plastilinovaya vorona (1981) + Padal proshlogodniy sneg (1983) + Obratnaya storona luny (1984)
17. Mat (1926)
18. Neulovimye mstiteli (1967)
19. Dovlatov (2018)
20. Bratya Karamazovy (1969)
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Fair warning Sol. I saw 3 films yesterday, and I have two quite shortish films lined up so I may actually manage 3 more today. In which case you'll have to: :run:
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1. Dva-Buldi-dva / Two-Buldi-Two (1929, Nina Agadzhanova, Lev Kuleshov) 5/10
2. Iz-pod svodov mecheti (1928, Kazimir Gertel) 4/10
3. Godovshchina revolyutsii / Anniversary of the Revolution (1918, Dziga Vertov) 4/10
4-6. Miss Mend (1926, Boris Barnet, Fyodor Otsep) 7/10

Aleksandr Sokurov:
7. Skorbnoye beschuvstviye / Mournful Unconcern (1987) 5/10
8. Molokh (1999) 6.5/10
9. Faust (2011) 5/10

Andrey Konchalovskiy:

10. Dyadya Vanya / Uncle Vanya (1971) 6/10
11. Romans o vlyublyonnykh / A Lover's Romance (1974) 4/10
12. Belye nochi pochtalyona Alekseya Tryapitsyna / The Postman's White Nights (2014) 6/10

Aleksandr Mitta focus:

13. Gori, gori, moya zvezda / Shine, Shine, My Star (1970) 7/10
14. Moskva, lyubov moya / Moscow, My Love (1974) 4/10
15. Skaz pro to, kak tsar Pyotr arapa zhenil / How Czar Peter the Great Married Off His Moor (1976) 7/10
16. Ekipazh / The Crew (1980) 4/10

Others:

17. Zydrasis Horizontas (1958, Vitautas Mikalauskas) 6/10
18. Do svidaniya, malchiki! / Goodbye, Boys (1964, Mikhail Kalik) 6/10
19. Dolgaya schastlivaya zhizn (1967, Gennady Shpalikov) 4/10
20. Pervyy eshelon / The First Echelon (1957, Mikhail Kalatozov) 5/10
21. Legenda o knyagine Olge / The Legend of Princess Olga (1983, Yyri Ilyenko) 7/10
22. Nezabyvaemoe / Unforgettable (1967, Yuliya Solntseva) 6.5/10
23. Gospodin oformitel / Mister Designer (1987, Oleg Teptsov) 8/10
24. Moskva slezam ne verit / Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears (1980, Vladimir Menshov) 7.5/10
25. Dzhamilya (1969, Sergei Yutkevich, Irina Poplavskaya) 7/10
26. Shla sobaka po royalyu / A Dog Was Walking on the Piano (1978, Vladimir Grammatikov) 4/10
27. Poslesloviye / Epilogue (1983, Marlen Khutsiev) 5/10
28. Ilinskiy o Mayakovskom / Mayakovsky Laughs (1973, Sergei Yutkevich, Anatoliy Karanovich) 8/10
29. Groza / Thunderstorm (1934, Vladimir Vetrov) 5/10
30. Assa (1988, Sergey Solovev) 8/10
31. Mamluqi (1958, Davit Rondeli) 6/10
32. Obyknovennyy fashizm / Ordinary Fascism (1965, Mikhail Romm) 8.5/10
33. Spasatel / The Lifeguard (1980, Sergey Solovev) 7/10
34. Prevrashchenie / The Metamorphosis (2004, Valeri Folkin) 7/10
35. Skazka o poteryannom vremeni / A Tale of Lost Times (1964, Aleksandr Ptushko) 6/10
36. Malenkaya Vera / Little Vera (1988, Vasili Pichul) 7/10
37. Samkauli satrposatvis / A Necklace for My Beloved (1971, Tengiz Abuladze) 7.5-8/10
38. Koshka, kotoraya gulyala sama po sebe / The Cat Who Walked by Herself (1988, Ideya Garanina) 6/10
39. V shest chasov vechera posle voyny / Six P.M (1944, Ivan Pyryev) 5/10
40. Proshchanie / Farewell (1983, Elem Klimov) 7/10
41. Prostaya smert / A Simple Death (1985, Aleksandr Kaydanovskiy)
This is a very little title, a very simple Tolstoy adaptation and a very simple study of death. Shot in low-key black and white, and at a runtime of just over an hour, we follow a dying man - mostly restrained to his bed, seeing visitors or laying alone. It builds up atmosphere, and has nice moments of loneliness and alienation. I particularly enjoyed the first visit by his daughters, where they suddenly start speaking French to each other, and just how alone our dying lead truly is. It is sparse and a little thin, but all the same a good film. 6/10.

42. Ayka (2018, Sergei Dvortsevoy)
I'm not sure if character portrait is the right way of describing Ayka, the often quiet, persistant protagonist, who runs away from maternity ward just after delivering her baby, and does everything she can do get the most menial work - while struggling and in pain. The main issue for me is that the film seems to work first and foremost to create pity. She essentially just becomes an object of "foreign" pity, this strange human we can not understand or relate to, which is odd as the director is also Kazakhstani - though at the same time, the element of mystery and how inpenetratable her character seems is rewarded and does work as an element of suspense. We are thrown into her world, and feel her pain and desperation. A strong effort by all involved. 7/10.

43. Derevnya Utka. Skazka. / Duck Village. A Tale. (1978, Boris Buneev)
This is a lovely little fairytale, about a young girl forming a friendship with a house gnome (Shishok) while staying at her grandmother's in a remote village. It is often gloriously shot, with vibrant colours, and we get a nice relationship between the girl and the magicalcreature as modernity and tradition/city vs. village begin to clash. Thoroughly delightful, could easily have been great with a few minor tweaks. 7.5/10
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