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Russian Challenge December 2014

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Post by Nopros » November 29th, 2014, 4:53 am

Russian Challenge

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Goal: Watch as many Russian films as possible in the month of december

Rules:

- A feature film (Anything over 40 minutes) counts as one entry
- A total of 90 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 90 minute rule applies.

Official iCM lists:
Livejournal Russian Top 100
Russian Guild Of Film Critics - Best Russian Films

Unofficial lists:

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
100 Classics of Russian and Eastern European Cinema
Movies on Mosfilm.ru free for streaming with English subtitles

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3eyes - 15
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Marazmatique - 11
Nopros - 9
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Local Hero -- aka MestnyiGeroi - 7
jonas2k - 3
darkflame - 2
ArthurYanthar - 1
funkybusiness - 1
Knaldskalle - 1
ryebass -
jgwr -
Gershwin -
Lonewolf2003 -
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Post by mjf314 » November 29th, 2014, 5:00 am

I'm in. I'll probably aim for about 10 or so.

Are all Soviet films allowed or only the Russian ones?

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Post by Nopros » November 29th, 2014, 5:05 am

I guess thats a little up to the participant. I'll watch movies from the two official lists on ICM, and im pretty sure there are some soviet features on them.

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#4

Post by 3eyes » November 29th, 2014, 6:22 am

I'm in. Aiming for a bronze on Livejournal Russian.
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Post by Local Hero -- aka MestnyiGeroi » November 29th, 2014, 6:40 pm

I'm always watching Russian movies, so I'm in. I'm going to see two Soviet films in the theater tomorrow -- unfortunately, one day too early. :(

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Post by jonas2k » November 29th, 2014, 8:51 pm

I'm in, aiming for at least 5 movies.

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Post by cinephage » November 30th, 2014, 2:30 pm

I'm in, there are many russian movies I feel like watching, so here's an additional incentive.

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Post by Marazmatique » November 30th, 2014, 2:50 pm

I've got about a dozen movies left before the Russian Guild Of Film Critics bronze (recently gained the LiveJournal one), might as well finish it off in December. I'm in.

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Post by Nopros » November 30th, 2014, 3:48 pm

I'm aiming for at least 16 movies and a platinum award in the Russian Guild Of Film Critics-list. :)

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Post by Nopros » December 1st, 2014, 4:28 am

01. Voenno-polevoy roman (1983) 5.5/10

Like a Russian remake of La maman et la putain, only shorter and with a more likeable guy.

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Post by Local Hero -- aka MestnyiGeroi » December 1st, 2014, 4:58 am

It's still November, so the films I saw today don't count for this challenge, but they were interesting, so I'll just mention them here. These movies were included in Part Two of a retrospective of Georgian films at the Museum of Modern Art here in NYC (I saw some of the films in Part One a few months ago).

Today I saw:

--Work at Oil Derricks and Oil Extraction (Vasil Amashukeli, 1907) -- Footage of a vaaaast field of oil derricks in Azerbaijan.

--Journey of Akaki Tsereteli to Rachka and Lechkhumi (Vasil Amashukeli, 1912) -- Longer documentary footage of Georgian villages and rural people feting a national poet. Its slowness made it tedious, but the footage included was remarkable.

--Twenty-Six Commissars (Nikoloz Shengelaia, 1932) -- Propaganda lauding Bolshevik martyrs.

--Red Imps (Ivan Perestiani, 1923) -- An adventure tale set in the civil war! Starring a brother and sister team who look like The White Stripes and who team up with a black American, the trio romp about the country outsmarting their enemies in a vaguely Keatonesque manner. An unusual one.

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Post by ryebass » December 1st, 2014, 6:37 am

I'm in please.

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Post by jgwr » December 1st, 2014, 11:36 am

I'm in for a few.

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Post by Gershwin » December 1st, 2014, 3:57 pm

I'll try to watch a few, if only because I have to look for new possible world cup contestants. :)
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Post by 3eyes » December 1st, 2014, 7:35 pm

Would the host please say whether rewatches count?
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Post by Nopros » December 2nd, 2014, 1:54 am

As long as no one are opposed to it, I think rewatches should count, why shouldn't they?

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Post by cinephage » December 2nd, 2014, 2:04 am

01 - Vozvrashchenie, by Andrey Zvyagintsev (2003) 9,5/10

Here's an impressive masterpiece. I'll certainly rewatch it not too far from now...

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Post by 3eyes » December 2nd, 2014, 5:15 am

1. Bratya Karamazovy (USSR 69)
Alyosha seemed kind of buffoonish. Of course the subplot in which he figures most was cut, but I also recall that during the Khrushchev years (half a decade before this), there was a big push to combat religion (at least I catalogued a lot of anti-religious books from 1963 or so). Dostoevsky may still have been officially considered decadent at that time, too.


2. Zhenitba Balzaminova (USSR 65)
This is apprently based on three different comedies by Aleksandr Ostrovsky, but I'm having a hard time matching the Russian titles (IMDb) with the English ones (Wikipedia). Set in a village in the 1840s or 50s, maybe.
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Post by Armoreska » December 2nd, 2014, 8:17 am

I've only about 10 rewatches remaining and then it's waving goodbye to Russian cinema
1-4. Master i Margarita [2005] eps7-10 4-5/10
Probably not a good adaptation of the famous fantasy novel. Reviews are of mostly 1/10 and 10/10 variety, so I can never tell. Originally I gave it a 3/10 from TV watch. I like it better now, but it's still TV trash with crap FX. Also it's weird to see both plenty T&A and all these old famous Russian actors in 1 package.
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Post by Marazmatique » December 2nd, 2014, 9:32 am

Armoreska, I remember enjoying that series, though it definitely wasn't a 10/10 for me. Probably closer to a 6.5-7. I haven't seen it since it originally came out though, so I'm not sure which memories are from the show and which are from the novel. =&#092;

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Post by funkybusiness » December 2nd, 2014, 9:56 am

Armoreska on Dec 2 2014, 01:17:55 AM wrote:I've only about 10 rewatches remaining and then it's waving goodbye to Russian cinema
1-4. Master i Margarita [2005] eps7-10 4-5/10
Probably not a good adaptation of the famous fantasy novel. Reviews are of mostly 1/10 and 10/10 variety, so I can never tell. Originally I gave it a 3/10 from TV watch. I like it better now, but it's still TV trash with crap FX. Also it's weird to see both plenty T&A and all these old famous Russian actors in 1 package.
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That's the best they could do for Behemoth? That looks worse than the cat on Sabrina the Teenage Witch.

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Post by Pretentious Hipster » December 2nd, 2014, 10:04 am

Do Ukrainian films made during the USSR era count?
My father didn’t have the skill of a professional cameraman. The result? Avant-garde cinema.

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Post by Armoreska » December 2nd, 2014, 10:11 am

ArthurYanthar on Dec 2 2014, 03:04:53 AM wrote:Do Ukrainian films made during the USSR era count?
That was Eastern European challenge :P
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Post by Lonewolf2003 » December 2nd, 2014, 11:40 am

I will use this to (try to) clear the Russian movies from my watchlist.

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Post by 3eyes » December 2nd, 2014, 3:14 pm

Armoreska on Dec 2 2014, 03:11:24 AM wrote:
ArthurYanthar on Dec 2 2014, 03:04:53 AM wrote:Do Ukrainian films made during the USSR era count?
That was Eastern European challenge :P
I would say yes, also Turkmen, Kazakh, Tajik, etc etc etc. Unless the intention is to restrict it to Russian-language films -- ?
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Post by Nopros » December 2nd, 2014, 6:27 pm

Everyone has their own definition of what makes a film Russian. For some it's enough that the director is Russian, and some people think it HAS to be filmed in Russia, with a Russian director, Russian producers etc. I think it should be up to the participator what he or she considers Russian. Just my two cents :)
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Post by Nopros » December 2nd, 2014, 8:45 pm

02. Okhota na lis (1980) 6.5/10


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Post by jonas2k » December 2nd, 2014, 9:02 pm

1. Solyaris (1972)

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Post by Local Hero -- aka MestnyiGeroi » December 2nd, 2014, 11:10 pm

Nopros on Dec 2 2014, 01:45:29 PM wrote:02. Okhota na lis (1980) 6.5/10


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02. Okhota na lis (1980) 6.5/10
What did you think? I found it to be one of the most mediocre on that list.

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Post by Local Hero -- aka MestnyiGeroi » December 2nd, 2014, 11:11 pm

Nopros on Nov 30 2014, 08:48:16 AM wrote:I'm aiming for at least 16 movies and a platinum award in the Russian Guild Of Film Critics-list. :)
Wait ... surely, you're not going to be so rude as to finish that list before I do? :o :folded:

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Post by 3eyes » December 2nd, 2014, 11:22 pm

MG, I'm shocked! SHOCKED! that you didn't finish it years ago!
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Post by Local Hero -- aka MestnyiGeroi » December 2nd, 2014, 11:30 pm

Armoreska on Dec 2 2014, 01:17:55 AM wrote:I've only about 10 rewatches remaining and then it's waving goodbye to Russian cinema
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Post by Local Hero -- aka MestnyiGeroi » December 2nd, 2014, 11:32 pm

3eyes on Dec 2 2014, 04:22:52 PM wrote:MG, I'm shocked! SHOCKED! that you didn't finish it years ago!
I have literally been savoring it, doing about one a month for a long time. Nopros might make me rush through the last ones, though! :angry:

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Post by Nopros » December 3rd, 2014, 12:23 am

Local Hero -- aka MestnyiGeroi on Dec 2 2014, 04:10:32 PM wrote:
Nopros on Dec 2 2014, 01:45:29 PM wrote:02. Okhota na lis (1980) 6.5/10


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01. Voenno-polevoy roman (1983) 5.5/10
02. Okhota na lis (1980) 6.5/10
What did you think? I found it to be one of the most mediocre on that list.
Nothing really special, but the story was interesting enough to keep me entertained, without going very deep. My ratings usually are pretty frisky, what I felt for this movie may be an 4 by other peoples standards :ermm:
Local Hero -- aka MestnyiGeroi on Dec 2 2014, 04:11:55 PM wrote:
Nopros on Nov 30 2014, 08:48:16 AM wrote:I'm aiming for at least 16 movies and a platinum award in the Russian Guild Of Film Critics-list. :)
Wait ... surely, you're not going to be so rude as to finish that list before I do? :o :folded:
Maybe? :D Lets race

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Post by Nopros » December 3rd, 2014, 2:59 am

03. Agoniya (1981) 6/10

Interesting piece of Russian history.

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02. Okhota na lis (1980) 6.5/10
03. Agoniya (1981) 6/10
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Post by Local Hero -- aka MestnyiGeroi » December 3rd, 2014, 5:57 am

1. The Lonely Voice of Man (Odinokiy golos cheloveka)(Sokurov, 1987)

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Post by Pretentious Hipster » December 3rd, 2014, 6:07 am

So I did see the Ukrainian film Вавілон XX (1979) but not sure if that'll count, even if it was under the USSR when it was made.

1. Гвоздь в сапоге [Nail in the Boot] (1931) 7/10
Was this film supposed to be subversive or something? Such bizarre propaganda that it almost goes to the level of If Footmen Tire You, What Will Horses Do? in terms of being ridiculous. Still it was surprisingly suspenseful even with a plot that made me laugh, and the both directing and editing were mindblowing, but that's just the standard for Kalatozov.

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Post by funkybusiness » December 3rd, 2014, 10:07 am

1. Ivan's Childhood (1962)

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Post by darkflame » December 3rd, 2014, 5:32 pm

I`ll try to participate. Maybe this year I will finally watch some classic)
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Post by Melvelet » December 3rd, 2014, 5:42 pm

darkflame on Dec 3 2014, 10:32:09 AM wrote:I`ll try to participate. Maybe this year I will finally watch some classic)
Yes. They're good for the soul after all.
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