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Russia/USSR Challenge (Official, September 2020)

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Post by blocho » September 6th, 2020, 2:55 am

sol wrote:
September 6th, 2020, 2:25 am
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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)

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This is one of those films that is unfortunately nowhere near as dynamic as the promotional artwork and basic plot make it out to be.
I was looking through the Mosfilm youtube page yesterday and saw that poster. I have to admit I was intrigued. Thanks for seeing it so I don't have to.

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Post by sol » September 6th, 2020, 2:58 am

blocho wrote:
September 6th, 2020, 2:55 am
I was looking through the Mosfilm youtube page yesterday and saw that poster. I have to admit I was intrigued. Thanks for seeing it so I don't have to.
You're welcome. :P Honestly, you might like if you're into, er, aimless and arrogant teenagers fumbling about the place. It certainly isn't the borderline sci-fi/video game related adventure film that the posters make it out to be. :unsure:
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Post by sol » September 6th, 2020, 2:15 pm

From Russia with LoveShow
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)

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This reminded me of The Rowdyman, a Canadian film released a couple of years earlier which similarly looks at a grown man who refuses to act his age, though the protagonist here is more multidimensional. If moody and irresponsible, Afonya is actually a very good plumber and one who completes jobs for free if they are undemanding, and this duality (generous in the daytime and self-interested when partying at night) keeps the film chugging along.
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Post by flavo5000 » September 6th, 2020, 5:28 pm

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)

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Post by sol » September 7th, 2020, 11:15 am

From Russia with LoveShow
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)

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A bizarre family adventure film that feels more like a '366 Weird Movies' film than something actually suitable for young kids. Much of the film is creepy and scary, from their dog appearing as an adult male in a cheap costume who proceeds to lick the young boy all over his face, to a before-birth world where unborn children are forced to make inventions, to angry trees that proceed to attack the kids. Not a great film, but far too strange to dismiss.
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Post by Onderhond » September 7th, 2020, 11:41 am

Bit of a shame we didn't do this challenge last month, I've been watching quite a few Russian genre films. There's clearly a split that's moving away from the dreary drama/arthouse stuff that usually dominates Russia's export.

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01. 3.5* - Baba Yaga: Terror of the Dark Forest [Yaga. Koshmar Tyomnogo Lesa] by Svyatoslav Podgaevskiy, Nathalia Hencker (2019)

Podgaevskiy seems to be having a lot of fun turning Russian legends and folklore into horror films. I've been trying to keep up with his work and while his films are never truly exceptional, Podgaevskiy has a knack for entertaining, well-made horror cinema. Baba Yaga fits that description to a t. The Baba Yaga is a pretty basic witch. She lives in the forest and steals children away from their parents. Once in her power, the children are forgotten by their families. When Egor's little sister has vanished though, he feels something isn't right and because his parents aren't willing to listen to him, he gathers a few of his friends to find out what happened. Podgaevskiy's films aren't gory, nor are they very scary. Instead, he aims for mood and atmosphere, adding minor fantasy elements and putting a strong focus on lighting and cinematography. Performances are solid too and the score is also pretty decent. All in all a fun, stylish and entertaining horror film.

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Post by sebby » September 7th, 2020, 12:04 pm

01 Ivan the Terrible, Part II (1958) 5/10

Five points for the way it looks, 0 for everything else.

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Post by jdidaco » September 7th, 2020, 12:51 pm

(Gif/screenshot from 'Velnio nuotaka' & 'Gost'),

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5. Sorok serdets (Forty Hearts, Lev Kuleshov, 1931) 7.5/10
6. Dvadtsat shest komissarov (Twenty-Six Commissars, Nikoloz Shengelaia, 1932) 8/10
7. Velnio nuotaka (Devil's Bride, Arunas Zebriunas, 1974) 8.5/10
8. Gost (The Guest, Aleksandr Kaydanovskiy, 1987) 9/10

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1. Kuldīgas Freskas (Kuldiga Frescoes, Aivars Freimanis, 1966) 9.5/10
2. Misteriya-Buff (Mystery-Bouffe, David Cherkasskiy, 1969) 8.5/10
3. Byl mesyats may (It Was in May, Marlen Khutsiev, 1970) 9.5/10
4. Maugli (The Adventures of Mowgli, Roman Davydov, 1973) 8/10

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Post by sol » September 7th, 2020, 2:26 pm

From Russia with LoveShow
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)

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While based on a well-known story often adapted to screen (including Mel Brooks a year before), director Leonid Gaidai brings his own unique spin to things with sped-up chases up and down crisscross stairwells, chairs surreally smashed against crashing waves, hair dye antics, pig reaction shots and even an animated bit for good measure. Clocking in at over two and half hours, it invariably drags every so often, but still a fun human greed tale.
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Post by AB537 » September 7th, 2020, 8:51 pm

2. Idi i smotri - Come and See (Elem Klimov, 1985) 7.5/10

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Post by morrison-dylan-fan » September 8th, 2020, 5:22 am

Thanks for hosting Clem.

FTV:1:13 PM (1969)6

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Clinking glasses in first person as all the cast wish the audience a “Happy New Year, Comrades”, director Larisa Shepitko & cinematographer Pavel Lebeshev toast this New Years celebration TV Movie with a utterly strange kaleidoscope psychedelic atmosphere.

Gathering up party guests such as Baba Yaga and Vodyanoy, Shepitko gives these folk tale legends a oddly camp,kitsch appearance,which rings out on the screen when a surprise guest-a dwarf dressed as Santa, bounces in to watch the TV with them. Stealing Russian dubbed footage of Disney’s Snow White, Shepitko stirs a peculiar, hypnotic groove via cutting between the likes of Baba Yaga, to the wonderfully quirky, latest Soviet Pop & dance sensations (!) showcasing their latest productions as the clock strikes 13PM.

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Post by Melvelet » September 8th, 2020, 8:59 am

4. Vedreba 1967 8-/10
Not always easy to follow (it is 2 filmed poems after all) but it has the beautiful cinematography that I just love about the 60s. I might have been sleeping a bit on Georgian cinema, I will do a mini challenge at some other point. A poetic reflection on evil, the fight against evil, the perception of 'the other' as evil and the question whether that fight against those who create evil only leads to new evil in itself by creating a spiral of violence.
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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
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Post by sol » September 8th, 2020, 11:59 am

From Russia with LoveShow
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)

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This has much atmosphere, from candlelit catacombs to burning crucifixes on the beach, all while nuns keep secrets. The film raises more questions than it answers though with a large number of unexplained plot elements soon mounting up. Without a single line of dialogue for the first ten minutes, the film's dedication to mood and atmosphere over plot is refreshing, but this also leaves this is a pretty much just a film about how scary nuns can be.
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Post by sol » September 8th, 2020, 1:02 pm

From Russia with LoveShow
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!

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This Russian comedy starts out as a decent parody of the Nolan movie, set in a food scarcity future. The film does very little with its premise though. Any morbid humour (cannibalism; eating one's own bowel movements) is never actually depicted and comes out only in either throwaway dialogue or newspaper headlines. The story is also so threadbare that it relies on repeated shots of chickens the same buildings being exploded to beef it up.
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Post by blueboybob » September 8th, 2020, 1:15 pm

4. Godovshchina revolyutsii (1918)
5. Moscow (1927)
6. P.K.P. (1926)
7. Two-Buldi-Two (1929)
8. Moscow: Cassiopea (1974)

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Post by St. Gloede » September 8th, 2020, 2:13 pm

Ok, I have been waiting too damn long to make my first post here:

1. Dva-Buldi-dva / Two-Buldi-Two (1929, Nina Agadzhanova, Lev Kuleshov)

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Decent, but at times laughable Soviet propaganda, including silly looking people shouting "you red losers!". Not quite reefer madness, and there actually is some nice tension and even emotion here, but it was still extremely disappointing given Kuleshov's involvement, - however it seems he played a very small role in the production. We follow the older Buldi, in a father and son set of clowns called Buldi. There's some decent enough tricks, but the son is a red and quickly gets in trouble - it is 1919, in the midst of the civil war you see. Essentially we see the older clown grow to support the reds through his love for his son and the callousness of the whites. This is extremely thin, but at least we get some suspense. 5/10


2. Iz-pod svodov mecheti (1928, Kazimir Gertel)
Possibly butchered, so I won't be too unfair, but this is such a poorly constructed and shot adverure film with very little to offer. 4/10.


3. Godovshchina revolyutsii / Anniversary of the Revolution (1918, Dziga Vertov)

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Likely the biggest disappointment of the entire challenge and almost a complete waste of time. I was not expecting the full power of Vertov this early, but this is literally just an introductory title card of someone's position (or previous positions) and 10-30 seconds of footage of said person, often in the same location as others, and either just staring at the camera or speaking to someone - that's almost it. There are some scenes in the beginning and end trying to "recreate" the situation before the revolution, and a few in the present after - but nothing looks great. The only thing saving it from a dislike is the historical importance, but some interesting historical observations, such as the Anarcho-Communist party leader getting positive exposure not too long after Lenin, or Trotsky in a full leather suit pretending to drive a boat. 4/10.


4-6. Miss Mend (1926, Boris Barnet, Fyodor Otsep)

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Consisting of three 80 minute episides, Miss Mend is an adventure serial that manages to capture the same kind of excitement as we feel in so many of the classic Feuillade serials; only with a slightly more political backdrog. It is not the greatest writing in the world, but as Miss Mend, her clumsy colleague and two newspaper men get involced into a conspirary of a wealthy capitalist, we get full on action, intruigue and twists - including the potential love affair between Miss Mend and the capitalists' son, which would likely have played differently in France. It is light, easy to watch, not very complicated, but shot well (especially for this kind of project) and is very enjoyable. 7/10.

*Boris Barnet's debut as a director at just 24 years old, he is also the male lead.


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

Sorry, Clem! I really tried to give him a chance, though I did find a new favourite of his with Molokh. I think my main issue is that I am not on his wavelength when it comes to humor. All 3 films features some very creative and beautiful visuals, but they just feel so slight and empty.

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Mournful Unconcern got instant minus points for featuring an interview with George Bernard Shaw, over-dubbed by Russian (this style harms any film, it is so lazy it is disturbing - but also a tragic norm). What follows in terms of playful comedy with lots of nudity, flashy colours, WW1 tie-ins and someone dressed up as Shaw may have some visceral impact, but it feels so disjointed, and I just don't find it funny. The WW1 tire-ins in particular added nothing. Still iconoclastic comedy for the sake of it should be up my alley, but here it just didn't work.

*I was actually reminded, though just a little, of Hausu, another visually creative, silly film that on paper should be really interesting for me.

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Molokh on the other hand, despite fitting into the same iconoclastic, whimsical way, hits harder by turning down the speed and presenting a more consistent, clear narrative about Eva Braun and Adolf Hitler. It may just be the imposing subject matter, but Molokh just feels grander, despite much of its silliness, and packs in memorable performances as well. The only thing that stands out as odd (and is repeated for Faust) is shooting with Russian actors and dubbing it to German.

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I had high hopes for Faust after liking Molokh and thought Sokurov may have moved closer to my sensibilities as he grew older. Unfortunately that is not the case. The style and comedy is toned down even further, and it no longer feels overtly silly - I still didn't find the comedic elements good, but the focus on the characters did offer it more potential. However, despite the interesting cinematography (often ruined by stretching the image - I really don't understand the style he is going for) it just felt tiresome. I was obviously not caught up in the style, and the plotting/acting felt stale. The ending I suppose was a little "fun", but beyond that this film also felt extremely slight.

Perhaps something will click at a later point, but as things stand I just don't have an entry way into his work.

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Post by maxwelldeux » September 9th, 2020, 12:05 am

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1. The Ascent (1977)
2. By the Law (1926)
This was a really interesting suspense/drama set in the Yukon. One of the miners snaps, kills two of the others, and the surviving two subdue him and must make a choice - restrain him and wait for authorities, knowing it may be weeks/months, or take the law into their own hands. Really moody and suspenseful - I really felt the growing discomfort and paranoia develop through the film. Cool stuff!

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Post by AB537 » September 9th, 2020, 1:54 am

3. Moy drug Ivan Lapshin - My Friend Ivan Lapshin (Aleksei German, 1985) 6.5/10 ... Not bad, but couldn't get into this one for some reason

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Post by sol » September 9th, 2020, 10:14 am

From Russia with LoveShow
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

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After (now) seven viewings, what really caught me eye this time was the way this is very much about the way that we react to the unknown, with a curious parallel between the boy scared of the horse in the pre-space part and how the crew react to their visitors with a mixture of fear, awe and excitement. Whatever the case, Donatas Banionis excellent through with his expressive eyes. Amazing music too. This always keeps drawing me back.
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Post by Melvelet » September 9th, 2020, 1:17 pm

After consulting clemmetarey I will supply a bit of stats for this challenge.
From the <400 challenge I can only reuse the list of movies that have been challenged at least twice and the decade breakdown but I plan to implement:
- director breakdown
- language breakdown
- watched movies per list (DtC, 500<400, TSP, both official Russian lists, further suggestions welcome)

Anything else that would be of interest?

Decade breakdown:
Decade Count
1910s 5
1920s 8
1930s 2
1950s 2
1960s 8
1970s 16
1980s 12
1990s 5
2000s 2
2010s 3
2020s 1


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2 Godovshchina revolyutsii 1918 :imdb: :ICM:
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2 Moscow: Cassiopea 1974 :imdb: :ICM:
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Post by blueboybob » September 9th, 2020, 11:02 pm

9. The Snow Queen (1957)

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Post by Mario Gaborović » September 10th, 2020, 5:41 am

What's the actual runtime of Oktyabr? All avaiolable versions are 104 mins long but IMDB says it's 2hr22. I guess some parts are lost, aren't they?

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Post by clemmetarey » September 10th, 2020, 9:23 am

The version of Oktyabr I saw was about 102 mins long, I don't know about any lost parts.

Actually, 2h22 is 142 min, and 1h42 is 102 min, might be a mistake?

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Post by cinephage » September 10th, 2020, 9:32 am

01. Sputnik, by Egor Abramenko (2020) 7,5/10

Interesting science-fiction film... A little cold, maybe, but not too stupid and quite catchy.

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Post by Mario Gaborović » September 10th, 2020, 11:02 am

clemmetarey wrote:
September 10th, 2020, 9:23 am
The version of Oktyabr I saw was about 102 mins long, I don't know about any lost parts.

Actually, 2h22 is 142 min, and 1h42 is 102 min, might be a mistake?
It's a well-known film, I doubt it's a mistake, otherwise someone would correct it quickly.

Everywhere I looked it was 102 mins version available, none other.

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Post by sol » September 10th, 2020, 11:22 am

From Russia with LoveShow
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

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While it initially seems odd how little we are shown of the zone's powers here, this is actually on-point as this is about faith, those who believe without questioning and those so discontent with the small miracles in their own lives that they feel compelled to search for bigger ones (and the bizarre ending works well if interpreted along these lines). And yet, for all its intelligence, Stalker feels more and more like a patience test with each repeat viewing.
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Post by sol » September 10th, 2020, 1:15 pm

From Russia with LoveShow
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)

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Unlocked cages cause much chaos aboard a ship transporting a circus and their animals in this energetic comedy from the USSR. There is particularly funny scene that predates Jaws with swimming tigers. As a film from a Communist nation, it is also hard to ignore the workers' uprising parallels in the animals let loose scenario which eventually leads to the ship crew locking themselves in the animal cages (that they were making light of earlier).
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Post by Melvelet » September 10th, 2020, 4:46 pm

5. Kamen (1992) - a.k.a. The Stone 5/10
I'm equally enthusiastic about Sokurov as St. Gloede...
"A caretaker encounters Anton Chekov and spends a lonely night and day in his company". "A philosophical film about a nature of physical part of life with no regard to fame or greatness of the person". Filmed in his real house, now the Chekhov museum. Sounds pretty cool actually. Do I feel like I've actually seen that? Don't know, probably not. Then there's Sokurov's trademark distorted cinematography. I like it in a way, because at least for me, the brain sees these images as as 2-dimensional image and has problem seeing it as the perceived 3-dimensional space that was once filmed, alienating. The first time I saw it in his movies it was cool, the second time I recognized it as a trademark. By the third time it started to feel lazy and gimmicky.
Overall it feels as if the concepts of Sokurov are admirable but I absolutely fail to get into the execution...
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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
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Post by Mario Gaborović » September 10th, 2020, 5:13 pm

02. Oktyabr (1927)
03. Skazka o rybake i rybke (1950) + Zolotaya antilopa (1954) + Ivan Groznyy III (1988)

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Post by jdidaco » September 11th, 2020, 10:33 am

(Screenshots from 'Sumka dipkuryera' & 'Moy syn'),

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9. Tavadis asuli Meri (Vicountess Meri, Vladimir Barskiy, 1926) 8/10
10. Sumka dipkuryera (The Diplomatic Pouch, Aleksandr Dovzhenko, 1927) 7.5/10
11. Gospoda Skotininy (The Gentlefolks of Skotinin, Grigoriy Roshal, 1927) 7.5/10
12. Moy syn (My Son, Yevgeni Chervyakov, 1928) 9/10

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1. Kuldīgas Freskas (Kuldiga Frescoes, Aivars Freimanis, 1966) 9.5/10
2. Misteriya-Buff (Mystery-Bouffe, David Cherkasskiy, 1969) 8.5/10
3. Byl mesyats may (It Was in May, Marlen Khutsiev, 1970) 9.5/10
4. Maugli (The Adventures of Mowgli, Roman Davydov, 1973) 8/10
5. Sorok serdets (Forty Hearts, Lev Kuleshov, 1931) 7.5/10
6. Dvadtsat shest komissarov (Twenty-Six Commissars, Nikoloz Shengelaia, 1932) 8/10
7. Velnio nuotaka (Devil's Bride, Arunas Zebriunas, 1974) 8.5/10
8. Gost (The Guest, Aleksandr Kaydanovskiy, 1987) 9/10

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Post by Mario Gaborović » September 11th, 2020, 11:12 am

04. Velikiy voin Albanii Skanderbeg (1953)
05. Otets Sergiy (1918)

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02. Oktyabr (1927)
03. Skazka o rybake i rybke (1950) + Zolotaya antilopa (1954) + Ivan Groznyy III (1988)

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Post by sol » September 11th, 2020, 1:38 pm

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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)

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Divided into three distinct episodes, Leonid Gaidai goes for a different tone and comedy style in each, which results in each feeling fresh and original. The second episode is the best, with amusing déjà vu humour, a hilarious bit in which Shurik and his girlfriend do everything in synchrony and funny confusing a dog antics. The third is the weakest and the most predictable episode as Shurik foils would-be robbers, but it is still plenty of fun to watch.
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Post by sol » September 12th, 2020, 5:02 am

From Russia with LoveShow
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

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Still powerful and harrowing upon revision, Come and See looks at both the general horrors of war and the role of children in war. The film is quite sprawling and feels episodic as the teen soldier bounces from one horror to another, but the potent bits reverberate - most notably, the grisly photo opportunity in the burning village. The archive footage montage at the end is excellent too and Olga Mironova is perfect; Aleksei Kravchenko less so.
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Post by sol » September 12th, 2020, 10:50 am

From Russia with LoveShow
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!

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This animated movie has more to do with "history" than "mystery" at it symbolically captures a slice of twentieth century Russian history. The majority of the action takes place aboard a ship transporting a greedy tsar, his blind followers and working class citizens who are locked away below deck. Everything is very fragmented in execution though, often cutting away to the animators in mime sequences and some nifty (if jarring) silhouette shots.
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Post by ororama » September 12th, 2020, 11:29 am

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 zayats/ The Fox and the Hare (1973) * 12 min.

Twilight of a Woman's Soul is a new favorite. Beware of the Wolves! and Vasilyok show how the impact of World War II is still felt decades later. Both have nice animation, but the story in Vasilyok is a rather slight. The Story of One Doll connects resistance in the Spanish Civil War to the Chilean coup d'état through a Don Quixote puppet. Hen, His Wife was weird with ugly animation but an interesting story. The Fox and the Hare was a folktale with beautiful folk art animation.


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Post by sol » September 12th, 2020, 3:11 pm

From Russia with LoveShow
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)

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I had seen this sci-fi themed romance compared to The Shape of Water, which is funny, but the protagonist here is clearly human and while the notions of grafting gills onto a human being and building underwater civilisations are intriguing, they take a back seat to the lovesick protagonist seeking out a pretty woman - which is just as corny as it sounds. The costumes and underwater photography is good, but this is not all that it could have been.

(for what it's worth, Humanoids from the Deep is much more interesting as a Shape of Water precursor)
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Post by sol » September 13th, 2020, 2:34 am

From Russia with LoveShow
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)

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The title character looks great, and some of the backgrounds are gorgeous, but the character design for the kids (and most of the animals) here is very simplistic. It is also a bit hard to root for the young protagonist; while determined, she whines the whole way through and constantly converses in a woe-is-me manner. Some of the scarier parts of the film are not half-bad though - especially a bit where she is captured by a child-eating witch.
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Post by hurluberlu » September 13th, 2020, 8:32 am

2. The House on Trubnaya Square / Dom na Trubnoy (Boris Barnet, 1928) 6+
3. Khrustalyov, My Car! / Khrustalyov, mashinu! (Aleksey German, 1998) 7-
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Post by Mario Gaborović » September 13th, 2020, 7:43 pm

06. Ivan Groznyy (1944)
07. Ivan Groznyy. Skaz vtoroy: Boyarskiy zagovor (1958)
08. Brat 2 (2000)

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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)

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Post by Melvelet » September 14th, 2020, 10:30 am

Decade breakdown:
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1910s 7
1920s 14
1930s 2
1940s 1
1950s 8
1960s 12
1970s 20
1980s 15
1990s 8
2000s 3
2010s 3
2020s 2


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2 For Luck 1917 :imdb: :ICM:
2 Misteriya-Buff 1969 :imdb: :ICM:
2 The Snow Queen 1957 :imdb: :ICM:
2 Godovshchina revolyutsii 1918 :imdb: :ICM:
2 Two-Buldi-Two 1929 :imdb: :ICM:
2 Moscow: Cassiopea 1974 :imdb: :ICM:
2 Ivan the Terrible, Part II 1958 :imdb: :ICM:
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