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Russian Challenge December 2015

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Post by funkybusiness » November 30th, 2015, 3:53 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 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.
- Rewatches allowed.

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

Films eligible from the 2015 edition of our 500<400 list:
#3. Po Zakonu (1926)
#20. Proverka na dorogakh (1971)
#26. Moya lyubov (2006)
#40. Krylya (1966)
#44. Tretya meshchanskaya (1927)
#56. Son smeshnogo cheloveka (1992)
#116. Izgnanie (2007)
#134. Pisma myortvogo cheloveka (1986)
#159. Sorok pervyy (1956)
#161. Vremena goda (1975)
#174. Schaste (1935)
#211. Vecher nakanune Ivana Kupala (1968)
#228. Posle smerti (1915)
#242. Astenicheskiy sindrom (1989)
#244. Nachalo (1970)
#250. Tikhiye stranitsy (1994)
#251. Mer dare (1983)
#286. Odinokiy golos cheloveka (1987)
#313. Gamlet (1964)
#327. Umirayushchii lebed (1917)
#344. U samogo sinego morya (1936)
#409. Dama s sobachkoy (1960)
#419. Korol Lir (1971)
#444. ¡Que Viva Mexico! - Da zdravstvuyet Meksika! (1979)
#458. Sto dney posle detstva (1975)
#466. Kamen (1992)
#471. Menq (1969)

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Melvelet 2
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sushantv10 41

thanks to Nopros for writing this post that I'm stealing from last year's thread.
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Post by Knaldskalle » November 30th, 2015, 4:29 am

I'm in. And so's Local Hero, no need to wait for him to find this thread.
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Post by 3eyes » November 30th, 2015, 4:43 am

I plan a modest effort.
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Post by Local Hero -- aka MestnyiGeroi » November 30th, 2015, 5:32 am

Chistoe delo -- marsh!

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As Knalds foretold, I'm all in.

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Post by PeacefulAnarchy » November 30th, 2015, 5:34 am

Plan to watch a few, not too many though.

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Post by mjf314 » November 30th, 2015, 5:48 am

I hope to watch a few, but I'm not sure how much time I'll have. Does anyone have some good Russian fantasy recommendations for me?

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Post by Local Hero -- aka MestnyiGeroi » November 30th, 2015, 6:18 am

mjf314 on Nov 29 2015, 10:48:23 PM wrote:I hope to watch a few, but I'm not sure how much time I'll have. Does anyone have some good Russian fantasy recommendations for me?
If children's fantasy counts, start with Scarlet Sails/Alye parusa (not for everyone, but many adults find something charming in it). Then there are all the Ptushko and Rou classics if you like that one.

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Post by sushantv10 » November 30th, 2015, 7:19 am

Saw over a dozen russian silent films last few weeks. Should have waited for December challenge i guess :)

Will watch a few top lists ones and ones from TSPDT if possible in december
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Post by HVM » November 30th, 2015, 12:13 pm

mjf314 on Nov 29 2015, 10:48:23 PM wrote:I hope to watch a few, but I'm not sure how much time I'll have. Does anyone have some good Russian fantasy recommendations for me?
Morozko (1965) Christmas classic around here. :wub:

Also, in for a dozen or so.
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Post by blocho » December 1st, 2015, 5:33 am

Russian director Eldar Ryazanov died earlier today. I saw his Karnivalnaya Noch (https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/karnavalnaya+noch/) during the challenge last year. It was a pleasant comedy and I'd recommend it for anyone who's interested. Has anyone seen any other movies he made? Would you recommend?

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Post by Local Hero -- aka MestnyiGeroi » December 1st, 2015, 5:46 am

This is, indeed, sad news.

Ryazanov made so many popular comedies. Carnival Night is a great one, but one film stands above the rest: The Irony of Fate is something very special.

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Post by maksler » December 1st, 2015, 9:45 am

I'm in, hoping to see about 20 movies this month

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Post by 3eyes » December 2nd, 2015, 3:36 am

Abortive attempt #1: I started watching Aerograd on youtube, but the picture was too blurry to hold my interest. It opened with a stirring patriotic song containing the line: "The fog is over the tuffets." I think that's only the second context in which I've ever heard tuffet. Conjures up quite a picture.
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Post by Local Hero -- aka MestnyiGeroi » December 2nd, 2015, 5:28 am

3eyes on Dec 1 2015, 08:36:53 PM wrote:Abortive attempt #1: I started watching Aerograd on youtube, but the picture was too blurry to hold my interest. It opened with a stirring patriotic song containing the line: "The fog is over the tuffets." I think that's only the second context in which I've ever heard tuffet. Conjures up quite a picture.
Quite a coincidence given that I'm halfway through Aerograd. Did I mention it to you and forget?

Anyway, there's a beautiful print on kg!

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Post by Melvelet » December 2nd, 2015, 12:46 pm

I'm in.
I though about watching a lot of Ukrainian movies and managing it for WC (filmwise it seems like a small but promising cinema).
But after taking a look at that 500<400 list (thanks for listing the entries!) I think I'll need to focus on those (and I can't be sure I'll get to watch enough movies anyway) :D

PS: I still hope someone else will pick Ukraine for the WC.
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Post by 3eyes » December 2nd, 2015, 7:45 pm

Melvelet on Dec 2 2015, 05:46:35 AM wrote:I'm in.
I though about watching a lot of Ukrainian movies and managing it for WC (filmwise it seems like a small but promising cinema).
But after taking a look at that 500<400 list (thanks for listing the entries!) I think I'll need to focus on those (and I can't be sure I'll get to watch enough movies anyway) :D

PS: I still hope someone else will pick Ukraine for the WC.
Oh, I guess that brings up the question of whether we're limited to Russian and closely related languages or whether anything made in the former USSR (Georgian, Tajik, etc.) counts?
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Post by Local Hero -- aka MestnyiGeroi » December 2nd, 2015, 7:54 pm

The lines are so often blurred, especially during the Soviet era, of course. The films of Dovzhenko are a prime example.

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Post by funkybusiness » December 2nd, 2015, 8:51 pm

Nopros' response to this topic last time around.
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 :)
I also think it's up to the participant but I will say personally I think that films made in countries after they become independent should not be allowed if they have nothing to do with Russia (yes, one could read that a film made in a post-soviet film still has everything to do with russia but you know what I mean, hopefully).

basically, count what you feel is necessary for your enjoyment and/or further education of Russian films.

there's also this quote from Local's massive Russian film list
The list focuses on pre-Soviet, Soviet, and post-Soviet eras of Russian film. Some non-Russian Soviet films have also been included if they are at least partially in Russian, if they were produced in Russian studios, or, in a few cases, if they are considered an inextricable part of Russian culture.
I don't think this is the end-all definition for what could be allowed in the challenge, but it is a good place to start.
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Post by HVM » December 2nd, 2015, 10:32 pm

1. Aelita (1924) 5/10
2. Neobychainye priklyucheniya mistera Vesta v strane bolshevikov aka The Extraordinary Adventures of Mr. West in the Land of the Bolsheviks (1924) 5/10
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Post by monty » December 2nd, 2015, 10:44 pm

You guys think this one would stand a chance in the next Cup?
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Post by HVM » December 2nd, 2015, 11:06 pm

Not against The Thousand Eyes of Dr. Mabuse (1960), that's for sure.
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Post by monty » December 2nd, 2015, 11:18 pm

HVM on Dec 2 2015, 04:06:57 PM wrote:Not against The Thousand Eyes of Dr. Mabuse (1960), that's for sure.
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Post by maksler » December 3rd, 2015, 12:11 am

And we're off to a great start with Ostrov (2006). A slow film on a Russian orthodox monk with matching calm, cold visuals.

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Post by mathiasa » December 3rd, 2015, 12:06 pm

1 - Potomok Chingis-Khana (Shitstorm over Asia)

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Post by burneyfan » December 3rd, 2015, 6:03 pm

I'm dipping a toe back in the water to join this challenge and actually post it. (I was watching some noir films last month, but I wasn't brave or collected enough to get on here and write about them -- I will say that I am SO happy that some more people found Nowhere to Go, though, as I think it's an overlooked gem that I'd love to see on the <400 list some day. Private Hell 36 and Crime Wave were two other noir films that I particularly enjoyed last month.)

I should start off slowly here, but I should gradually pick up the pace over the course of the month. I won't go at a breakneck pace, but I may get to a trot in another week or two.

01. Neokonchennaya pyesa dlya mekhanicheskogo pianino a.k.a. An Unfinished Piece for a Player Piano -- Mikhalkov, 1977.

Wearying. Based partially on Chekhov's early play Platonov. Mikhalkov and I do not always get along so well (sometimes okay, but not most of the time), though this film (and Dama s sobachkoy, a better film I saw a few years ago based on a Chekhov short story) did increase my interest in Chekhov.
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Post by funkybusiness » December 3rd, 2015, 7:09 pm

buuuuurneeeeeyyy

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Post by HVM » December 3rd, 2015, 7:30 pm

3. Pervorossiyanye (1968)

"1918. Workers from Petrograd come to Altai region to establish the first agricultural commune. In spite of the hostility of the local White Army cossacks the workers build houses, cultivate land. The poor peasants are turning towards the commune. However, White Army cossacks take vengeance on the members of the commune."

5th check here. I got this because from the screenshots it reminded me of Jancsó and Parajanov,
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which it really does but despite that ultimately it's commie dreck. 5/10

4. Schaste (1935) 7/10
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2. Neobychainye priklyucheniya mistera Vesta v strane bolshevikov aka The Extraordinary Adventures of Mr. West in the Land of the Bolsheviks (1924) 5/10
3. Pervorossiyanye (1968) 5/10
4. Schaste (1935) 7/10
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Post by burneyfan » December 4th, 2015, 4:03 am

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01. Neokonchennaya pyesa dlya mekhanicheskogo pianino a.k.a. An Unfinished Piece for a Player Piano -- Mikhalkov, 1977.
02. Skvernyy anekdot a.k.a. An Ugly Story -- Alov & Naumov, 1966.
02. Skvernyy anekdot a.k.a. An Ugly Story -- Alov & Naumov, 1966.

A black, grim comedy that periodically runs into complete and total goofiness. Lots of class mockery here, as well as people mockery in general. :-) Based on a Dostoevsky story of the same name (which I haven't read).
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Post by Knaldskalle » December 4th, 2015, 4:41 am

burneyfan on Dec 3 2015, 11:03:24 AM wrote:I wasn't brave or collected enough to get on here and write about them
It was something I said, wasn't it? I'm sorry. :blush:
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Post by blocho » December 4th, 2015, 4:44 am

1. Sto Dney Posle Detstva (One Hundred Days After Childhood) - 1975

An amusing coming-of-age story set during one summer at a Young Pioneers camp. It is bathed in a strong sense of nostalgia, with the tone being set early on by the intellectual new counselor Sergei, who is prone to quoting Lermontov. Fourteen-year-old Lopukhin rises to the challenge, affecting an air of tragic heroism in one amusing episode by feigning a knee injury and hobbling along with a cast and cane. From there, the movie moves from its early light-heartedness to more serious terrain as it charts Lopukhin's infatuation with fellow pioneer Yergolina even as he remains oblivious to the affections of Zagremukhina.

Overall, it's a fine movie that perfectly fulfills its modest ambitions. And unlike so many Bildungsroman, it refuses to fall into easy sentimentality. In the end (SPOILER ALERT), Lopukhin is content to merely ask that the summer remain a cherished memory for all the primary characters.

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Post by Pretentious Hipster » December 4th, 2015, 11:29 am

1. Богиня: как я полюбила [The Goddess: How I Fell in Love] (2004) 6/10
2. Отец Сергий [Father Sergius] (1917) 5/10
3. Чапаев [Chapayev] (1934) 5/10
4. Каток и скрипка [The Steamroller and the Violin] (1961) 8/10
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Post by Pretentious Hipster » December 4th, 2015, 11:33 am

Also this legendary video counts as an entry and you can rewatch it as often as you'd like

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Post by Pretentious Hipster » December 4th, 2015, 12:08 pm

Some more strange Russian stuff
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Post by sushantv10 » December 4th, 2015, 2:34 pm

01. The Club of the Big deed(1927)

02. The Extraordinary Adventures of Mr. West in the...(1924) : Brilliant satire on the Americans wrong notion about Russia and Russians during the era....great work for the time specially the editing which i realised started a whole new style
in cinema

03. Parasha (1928) : First half is as good as the best silent comedies of the hollywood silent era , then takes a somewhat dramatic turn

04. When Moscow laughs (1927) : Another good one from the era , similar to the more popular russian silent ,Bed and Sofa
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Post by HVM » December 4th, 2015, 10:53 pm

Ettinauer226XL on Dec 4 2015, 05:08:50 AM wrote:Some more strange Russian stuff
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Post by Pretentious Hipster » December 4th, 2015, 11:49 pm

20 million views... all of this makes no sense.
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Post by HVM » December 5th, 2015, 12:49 am

Ettinauer226XL on Dec 4 2015, 04:49:14 PM wrote:20 million views... all of this makes no sense.
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Post by Pretentious Hipster » December 5th, 2015, 1:41 am

Some advice. If a film is on the livejournal list but not the film critics one, there's a good chance that it's garbage.

I'm happy though, my movie addiction is back! After months and months. THANK YOU RUSSIA I'M IN THE RUSSIAN MOOD NOW
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Post by Local Hero -- aka MestnyiGeroi » December 5th, 2015, 4:10 am

Too bad we don't have footage of some cute pixie Czech woman to explain how she loved having Czechoslovakia invaded by Hitler. Could have softened that whole Nazi thing for everyone.

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Post by Pretentious Hipster » December 5th, 2015, 4:20 am

Local Hero -- aka MestnyiGeroi on Dec 4 2015, 09:10:59 PM wrote:Too bad we don't have footage of some cute pixie Czech woman to explain how she loved having Czechoslovakia invaded by Hitler. Could have softened that whole Nazi thing for everyone.
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I guess everyone needed comfort in some way as opposed to being all sad. Crimea river
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