Welcome to the ICM Forum.

If you notice any issues please post in the Q&A thread. If the main forum isn't loading correctly, try clearing browser cache. There appears to be an issue with board emails, this should only impact registration or account recovery. If you encounter this issue, contact PeacefulAnarchy This might take a couple of days to fix.
Podcast: Talking Images (Episode 42 released December 1st: Remakes That Are Better Than the Original)
iCinema Magazine: WE ARE LIVE! (We just need more content)
ICMForum Film Festival: Mon Nov 15 - Dec 13
Polls: 1946 (Results), USA (Nov 28th), Sport (Nov 30th), Directors (Jan 3rd)
Challenges: Noir, War, Argentina/Brazil/Py/Uy
Managers Cup: QF Schedule, QFA: sacmersault vs filmbantha (Dec 12th)
About: Welcome All New Members, Terms of Use, Q&A

Russia/USSR Challenge (Official, September 2020)

User avatar
clemmetarey
Donator
Posts: 2564
Joined: November 20th, 2011, 7:00 am
Contact:

Russia/USSR Challenge (Official, September 2020)

#1

Post by clemmetarey »

привет!


Image

Image


Image From Metamorphosis (2002)

Image From Faust (2011)

Goal:
Watch as many Russian (including Soviet) films as possible in the month of September 2020.

Rules:

- A feature film (Anything over 40 minutes) counts as one entry
- A total of 60 minutes of short films count as one entry
- For Mini-Series (40 minute episodes or longer) each episode counts as an entry.
- For Mini-Series with shorter episodes (25 minutes or so), the 60 minute rule applies.
- "Regularly occurring" television programs ineligible, i.e.; only Mini-Series/Limited Series/One-Offs/Made-for-TV films, &c.
- Soviet era films from the various Republics eligible.
- Post-Soviet era films from former Republics are ineligible.
- Rewatches allowed.

Previous editions
2019 Challenge - hosted by funkybusiness and won by jeroeno with 63 points
2018 Challenge - hosted by funkybusiness and won by jeroeno with 60 points
2015 Challenge - hosted by funkybusiness and won by sushantv10 with 41 points
2014 Challenge - hosted by Nopros and won by 3eyes and Armoreska with 15 points
2013 Challenge - hosted by Gershwin and won by Armoreska with 65 points
2012 Challenge - hosted by Nopros and won by 3eyes with 33 points
2011 Challenge - hosted by Nopros and won by Nopros with 40 points

Official iCM lists:
Russian Guild of Film Critics's Best Russian Films

Empire Russia's 100 Best Russian Films: Readers' Choice

Unofficial lists:
Seance's Best Russian Films
Local Heros megalist 1000+ Quintessential Russian Movies
Golden 100 of Russian animation
100 Classics of Russian and Eastern European Cinema
Soviet and Russian submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film
Ministry of Culture's 100 Russian Movies Recommended for Pupils
Movies on Mosfilm.ru free for streaming with English subtitles

Streaming:
Mosfilm's Youtube Channel
RVision's Youtube Channel
RVision but in English?
Lenfilm's Youtube Channel
Classic Soviet Film's Youtube Channel

товарищи:
рангтоварищфильмы
1blueboybob113
2sol46
2St. Gloede46
4Mario Gaborović27
5jdidaco26
6Melvelet18
7OldAle112
8AB53711
8flavo500011
8cinephage9
1172aicm8
12hurluberlu5
12Local Hero5
14blocho4
14Obgeoff4
14ororama4
14peedtoad4
17maxwelldeux2
18allisoncm1
18clemmetarey1
18morrison-dylan-fan1
18Onderhond1
18RogerTheMovieManiac881
18sebby1

224

Спасибо funkybusiness whose 2019 OP I used :thumbsup:
Last edited by clemmetarey on October 1st, 2020, 10:54 pm, edited 35 times in total.
User avatar
clemmetarey
Donator
Posts: 2564
Joined: November 20th, 2011, 7:00 am
Contact:

#2

Post by clemmetarey »

Putting this in a new message so it can be seen. Please when listing your viewings include a rating, a full review or just a few words, an emoji, something that allows the other participants to know how you felt about the film. The goal of these challenges is also to explore and exchange, you may have seen the next 500<400 darling but we'll miss it if you don't bring to our attention this title in particular is worth checking out. So let's keep things interactive. :)
User avatar
hurluberlu
Donator
Posts: 2865
Joined: January 4th, 2017, 7:00 am
Contact:

#3

Post by hurluberlu »

Glad to see Faust (2011) as introductory poster ! One of my favourite of all time, which always does poorly in our polls/lists.
:cheers: (vodka)
ImageImageImageImageImage
User avatar
72aicm
Donator
Posts: 3833
Joined: November 13th, 2016, 7:00 am
Contact:

#4

Post by 72aicm »

I’m in. I’ll try to get bronze on the new official list.
mjf314
Moderator
Posts: 12193
Joined: May 8th, 2011, 6:00 am
Contact:

#5

Post by mjf314 »

If anyone is looking for a good Russian animated film (so you can count it for both challenges), I recommend Laughter and Grief by the White Sea. It's only 59 minutes, and it's available on Youtube here.
User avatar
blueboybob
Donator
Posts: 2551
Joined: March 11th, 2013, 6:00 am
Location: DC
Contact:

#6

Post by blueboybob »

When you say USSR, you do not mean modern countries right? IE can't count a Yugoslavian film?
User avatar
St. Gloede
Moderator
Posts: 13030
Joined: May 6th, 2011, 6:00 am
Contact:

#7

Post by St. Gloede »

I'll join in and give a focus to a few Soviet directors, as well as a few Soviet silent overlaps, and possibly expand out as I did with the German challenge.

With directors I'll probably start with a focus on either Alexandre Mitta or Andrey Konchalovskiy.
User avatar
St. Gloede
Moderator
Posts: 13030
Joined: May 6th, 2011, 6:00 am
Contact:

#8

Post by St. Gloede »

blueboybob wrote: August 30th, 2020, 9:50 pm When you say USSR, you do not mean modern countries right? IE can't count a Yugoslavian film?
It would be interesting to do a Soviet and ex-Soviet challenge, or just an ex-Soviet challenge to look at similarities, but as it is Russia +Soviet, only the films produced in the USSR count.

(Yugoslavia was never part of the USSR btw, and is not an existing country, granted, it lasted longer, at least in name).
User avatar
clemmetarey
Donator
Posts: 2564
Joined: November 20th, 2011, 7:00 am
Contact:

#9

Post by clemmetarey »

hurluberlu wrote: August 30th, 2020, 5:48 pm Glad to see Faust (2011) as introductory poster ! One of my favourite of all time, which always does poorly in our polls/lists.
:cheers: (vodka)
One of my all time favorite too :cheers: (на здоровье!)

blueboybob wrote: August 30th, 2020, 9:50 pm When you say USSR, you do not mean modern countries right? IE can't count a Yugoslavian film?
St. Gloede already answered, but just to confirm, modern countries are excluded. So nothing from modern Armenia, Belarus, Moldavia, Ukraine and such.
User avatar
St. Gloede
Moderator
Posts: 13030
Joined: May 6th, 2011, 6:00 am
Contact:

#10

Post by St. Gloede »

Not seen Faust, or many Sokurov films, as I did not much care for the first film(s) I saw from him - but I would be up for giving him another chance this challenge - been a long time, and I love the screenshot.
User avatar
clemmetarey
Donator
Posts: 2564
Joined: November 20th, 2011, 7:00 am
Contact:

#11

Post by clemmetarey »

I guess that mean you didn't like Russian Ark, another one of my all time favorite :angry:

Judging by his oeuvre's performance in our 500<400 list his films are well appreciated here. My other two favorites of his are Whispering Pages (1994) and The Second Circle (1990). I might also use this opportunity to watch more of his films, I'm still missing some of his more famous stuff.
User avatar
St. Gloede
Moderator
Posts: 13030
Joined: May 6th, 2011, 6:00 am
Contact:

#12

Post by St. Gloede »

Oh, Russian Ark is actually one I liked, though I didn't love it. I could give it a rewatch!

Will see what I think about Faust first, maybe catch a few others, and then see.
User avatar
flavo5000
Posts: 5357
Joined: July 10th, 2014, 6:00 am
Location: Arkansas, USA
Contact:

#13

Post by flavo5000 »

St. Gloede wrote: August 31st, 2020, 10:53 am Oh, Russian Ark is actually one I liked, though I didn't love it. I could give it a rewatch!

Will see what I think about Faust first, maybe catch a few others, and then see.
Russian Ark is actually a little bit of an anomaly in his filmography. Due to its one-take gimmick, it has a much brisker pace compared to everything else I've seen by him (and I've seen quite a few Sokurov films).
User avatar
sol
Donator
Posts: 13064
Joined: February 3rd, 2017, 7:00 am
Location: Perth, WA, Australia
Contact:

#14

Post by sol »

It starts! First in. :D

1. A Man from Boulevard des Capucines (1987)

Image

Resistance gradually turns to enthusiasm as a photographer introduces cinema to an Old West town in this comedy set circa 1900. There are many good laughs at the expense as the cowboys reacting to the Lumière Brothers' Arrival of the Train with guns blazing as they try to shoot the screen to stop the train hitting them! Alas, the film derives most of its humour from brawling, messy fights and several racially insensitive caricatures.
|iCM | IMDb | Letterboxd | Gold Derby
Image
Long live the new flesh!
User avatar
sol
Donator
Posts: 13064
Joined: February 3rd, 2017, 7:00 am
Location: Perth, WA, Australia
Contact:

#15

Post by sol »

From Russia with Love
1. A Man from Boulevard des Capucines (1987)

2. Watch Out for the Automobile (1966)

Image

This comedy has an on-point redistribution of wealth theme and the cars themselves feel symbolic of capitalist gains. Politics aside though, it is funny and well shot. A slow police pursuit in a school zone is hilarious and there are some intense bits as the thief's foot gets caught in a trap, with him stuck suddenly. The noir-like black and white photography is also divine and the jazzy music suits well craziness like lifting up an entire garage to steal a car.
|iCM | IMDb | Letterboxd | Gold Derby
Image
Long live the new flesh!
User avatar
Mario Gaborović
Posts: 3965
Joined: April 11th, 2014, 6:00 am
Location: Pančevo
Contact:

#16

Post by Mario Gaborović »

No post-Soviet films? But which challenge they would be put into?
User avatar
sol
Donator
Posts: 13064
Joined: February 3rd, 2017, 7:00 am
Location: Perth, WA, Australia
Contact:

#17

Post by sol »

Mario Gaborović wrote: September 2nd, 2020, 2:03 pm No post-Soviet films? But which challenge they would be put into?
Yeah, we already covered this on the Future Challenges thread: viewtopic.php?p=659180#p659180

You'll have all the time in the world to watch ex-Soviet films in the respective East European and Central Asian Challenges next year. :thumbsup:
|iCM | IMDb | Letterboxd | Gold Derby
Image
Long live the new flesh!
Local Hero -- aka MestnyiGeroi
Posts: 11744
Joined: May 29th, 2011, 6:00 am
Contact:

#18

Post by Local Hero -- aka MestnyiGeroi »

1. The House I Live In (Dom, v kotorom ya zhivu)(Kulidzhanov, Segel, 1957) — Feels like a mish-mash of better Soviet films. Но бывает хуже.
Last edited by Local Hero -- aka MestnyiGeroi on September 2nd, 2020, 2:36 pm, edited 1 time in total.
User avatar
peeptoad
Posts: 3381
Joined: February 4th, 2017, 7:00 am
Contact:

#19

Post by peeptoad »

1. Idi I smotri (1985) Come and See 9
User avatar
blueboybob
Donator
Posts: 2551
Joined: March 11th, 2013, 6:00 am
Location: DC
Contact:

#20

Post by blueboybob »

1. Children in the Universe (1975)
User avatar
sol
Donator
Posts: 13064
Joined: February 3rd, 2017, 7:00 am
Location: Perth, WA, Australia
Contact:

#21

Post by sol »

From Russia with Love
1. A Man from Boulevard des Capucines (1987)
2. Watch Out for the Automobile (1966)

3. Kidnapping, Caucasian Style (1967)

Image

I found the central story engaging here if often quite silly (it is built around characters doing the most foolish of things). The humour is perhaps best comparable to an episode of Scooby Doo with madcap chases, sped-up footage and villains who are too goofy to pose any real threat. At its best, the film is hilarious with some nifty reversed footage and all of the failed kidnapping attempts. Quite a bit of humour is rather lame, but I liked this overall.
|iCM | IMDb | Letterboxd | Gold Derby
Image
Long live the new flesh!
Local Hero -- aka MestnyiGeroi
Posts: 11744
Joined: May 29th, 2011, 6:00 am
Contact:

#22

Post by Local Hero -- aka MestnyiGeroi »

2. Dust (Pyl')(Loban, 2005) -- Affectedly strange film that slowly works its way toward a political, existential, nihilistic melange of ideas. It's Eraserhead meets Raising Arizona meets Stalker, yet it's nowhere near as good as any of those films.
User avatar
Mario Gaborović
Posts: 3965
Joined: April 11th, 2014, 6:00 am
Location: Pančevo
Contact:

#23

Post by Mario Gaborović »

01. Stachka (1925)
User avatar
sol
Donator
Posts: 13064
Joined: February 3rd, 2017, 7:00 am
Location: Perth, WA, Australia
Contact:

#24

Post by sol »

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)

Image

While the protagonist's adventures here smack of childish wish fulfillment, the film never really explores this, instead going for a range of sword and sorcery clichés and a dull villain. Some of the images at hand are hard to shake, most notably a large, floating bearded head, but it is hard not to find something creepy in the overall tale of a boy accepting a ride from an old man, only to run up and hug the first stranger he meets at his destination.
|iCM | IMDb | Letterboxd | Gold Derby
Image
Long live the new flesh!
User avatar
Melvelet
Posts: 2628
Joined: March 29th, 2013, 6:00 am
Location: Berlin, Germany
Contact:

#25

Post by Melvelet »

I plan to focus on 1000<400 movies and especially non-Russian Soviet movies. A bit sad that their post-Soviet movies are not included in this challenge

1. Nevestka 1972 — a.k.a. The Daughter-In-Law 8-/10
A little gem from Turkmenistan about a woman taking care of he stepfather in the desert while waiting for her (deceased) husband to return from WWII. Heavier on mood than on plot, following the prominent Soviet theme of sacrifice and suffering during wartime. It deserves to be seen as something more than a Conquer the World entry for an obscure country but is a worthy entry for that purpose.

2. Trys dienos 1991 — a.k.a. Three Days 8/10
Finally got around to watching my first Bartas film. Going even a step up in the direction of Nevestka (or two) this is the kind of movie where I always wonder whether I would appreciate more or less when I would simply watch it on a different day, in a different mood. What I can say for sure though is that it worked for me today and the movie's tense atmosphere managed to grip my attention. Reading a one-sentence summary of the plot might have helped me compared to my puzzled (and bored) gf. The reviews that I read find words of explicit beauty while the movie's beauty is rather implicit. But it's certainly there in-between the lifeless industrial landscape.
Spoiler
1. Nevestka 1972 — a.k.a. The Daughter-In-Law 8-/10
2. Trys dienos 1991 — a.k.a. Three Days 8/10
Current recommendation: Davandeh (1984) AKA The Runner


ImageImage


Current focus: Horror
Last.fm | RYM
AB537
Posts: 1627
Joined: April 21st, 2018, 6:00 am
Location: Toronto, Canada
Contact:

#26

Post by AB537 »

1. Beloye solntse pustyni - White Sun of the Desert (Vladimir Motyl, 1970) 7/10 ... interesting start to the challenge, with a Soviet spaghetti ... eastern?
User avatar
Melvelet
Posts: 2628
Joined: March 29th, 2013, 6:00 am
Location: Berlin, Germany
Contact:

#27

Post by Melvelet »

3. Kin-dza-dza! (1986) 8/10
An absurdist sci-fi comedy from an alternative reality in which Terry Gilliam was a Soviet. I'm a bit surprised that this is not on any Top 1000 lists and not in TSPDT 2000, the ingredients are there and the recipe works and is memorable. My gf and me have been greeting my family members with a hearty KOO since yesterday evening and are singing that ugly Mummy Mummy song several times per hour. I don't have any other Georgiy Daneliya movies on my extended Soviet watchlist but I might reconsider if they have a similar sense of humour
Spoiler
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
Current recommendation: Davandeh (1984) AKA The Runner


ImageImage


Current focus: Horror
Last.fm | RYM
User avatar
sol
Donator
Posts: 13064
Joined: February 3rd, 2017, 7:00 am
Location: Perth, WA, Australia
Contact:

#28

Post by sol »

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)

Image

Opening with a modern day Russian recounting how he assassinated a Tsar and how he himself subsequently died, this Soviet drama gets off to a nicely offbeat start. As it turns out, he is a mental patient, but with stigmata-like wounds and scars, could he be sane? Rather than indulge in the "is he or isn't he?" dynamic, focus soon shifts to his narrated recollections of everything in the past, which leads to good historical insight, but nothing too intriguing.
|iCM | IMDb | Letterboxd | Gold Derby
Image
Long live the new flesh!
User avatar
blueboybob
Donator
Posts: 2551
Joined: March 11th, 2013, 6:00 am
Location: DC
Contact:

#29

Post by blueboybob »

2. For Luck (1917) [Russia]
3. Life of the Jews of Palestine (1913) [Russia]
User avatar
peeptoad
Posts: 3381
Joined: February 4th, 2017, 7:00 am
Contact:

#30

Post by peeptoad »

2. Alenkiy tsvetochek (1978)The Scarlet Flower 7
просмотренные фильмы
1. Idi I smotri (1985) Come and See 9
User avatar
sol
Donator
Posts: 13064
Joined: February 3rd, 2017, 7:00 am
Location: Perth, WA, Australia
Contact:

#31

Post by sol »

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)

Image

While there is little fighting, war is pivotal here with gorgeous low camera angles that capture how daunting all the tanks are. The entire film though is incredibly well shot with great gradual tilts, and the intimate camerawork as the family's daughter is persecuted by other kids (an unforgettable scene) is just stunning. The film blurs memories and fantasies well too as the Commissar's mind wanders when giving birth... which may not be as "easy" as war.
|iCM | IMDb | Letterboxd | Gold Derby
Image
Long live the new flesh!
jdidaco
Posts: 1806
Joined: February 3rd, 2017, 7:00 am
Contact:

#32

Post by jdidaco »

Thank you for hosting, clemmetarey!

(Couldn't have started on a higher note, screnshots from 'Kuldigas Freskas' & 'Byl mesyats may'),

Image

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

Image
allisoncm
Posts: 16758
Joined: May 11th, 2011, 6:00 am
Contact:

#33

Post by allisoncm »

1. Moskva-Kassiopeya (1974) 6/10
User avatar
sol
Donator
Posts: 13064
Joined: February 3rd, 2017, 7:00 am
Location: Perth, WA, Australia
Contact:

#34

Post by sol »

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)

Image

While technically quite advanced for a silent film of its vintage (all of the cutaways, reactions shots and changes of shot distance make this feel like something from the 20s rather than the 10s), the story here is decidedly second-rate with love triangle melodrama mess. Sickly daughter is in love with her mother's boyfriend; how can this be resolved? And will her failing eyesight get better or worse? It's too soap opera-like to care. Solid ending though.
|iCM | IMDb | Letterboxd | Gold Derby
Image
Long live the new flesh!
User avatar
maxwelldeux
Donator
Posts: 9410
Joined: June 7th, 2016, 6:00 am
Location: Seattle-ish, WA, USA
Contact:

#35

Post by maxwelldeux »

1. The Ascent (1977)
The problem with Russian movies is that they are overwhelmingly depressing... wow was this awful in the best possible way. Stark, bleak, this was a great film about what it was like being a Russian soldier in WW2. The coincidences that happen while trying to survive and the consequences and sheer randomness of it all... damn. 8/10
User avatar
sol
Donator
Posts: 13064
Joined: February 3rd, 2017, 7:00 am
Location: Perth, WA, Australia
Contact:

#36

Post by sol »

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)

Image

It sounds a lot like the Swedish film Border crossed with a body horror movie as this Russian drama focuses on a middle aged woman who inexplicably grows a tail, but the actual product is less interesting than its premise would seem to promise. Natalya Pavlenkova does well as the emotionally fragile protagonist, but the filmmakers never explain how the tail formed as well as what it symbolically represents. It all feels rather pointless and drawn out.
|iCM | IMDb | Letterboxd | Gold Derby
Image
Long live the new flesh!
User avatar
hurluberlu
Donator
Posts: 2865
Joined: January 4th, 2017, 7:00 am
Contact:

#37

Post by hurluberlu »

1. We'll Live Till Monday / Dozhivyom do ponedelnika (Stanislav Rostotskiy, 1968) 6+
ImageImageImageImageImage
User avatar
peeptoad
Posts: 3381
Joined: February 4th, 2017, 7:00 am
Contact:

#38

Post by peeptoad »

3. Nochnoy dozor (2004) Night Watch 6
просмотренные фильмы
1. Idi I smotri (1985) Come and See 9
2. Alenkiy tsvetochek (1978)The Scarlet Flower 7
User avatar
72aicm
Donator
Posts: 3833
Joined: November 13th, 2016, 7:00 am
Contact:

#39

Post by 72aicm »

1-5. Mesto vstrechi izmenit nelzya / The Meeting Place Cannot Be Changed (1979)
User avatar
sol
Donator
Posts: 13064
Joined: February 3rd, 2017, 7:00 am
Location: Perth, WA, Australia
Contact:

#40

Post by sol »

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)

Image

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. Set in the years immediately before the collapse of the Soviet Union, the film has a fair bit to it thematically, however, the protagonist is such an arrogant individual that it is very hard to care about his capitalist aspirations and lacking work ethic while growing up in a Communist nation. He is rather heartless too.
|iCM | IMDb | Letterboxd | Gold Derby
Image
Long live the new flesh!
Post Reply