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Discussion in 'Movie Forum' started by pgmatg, Sep 27, 2004.

  1. pgmatg

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    Is anyone interested in talking about Russian Cinema?
    If you are, what are your favorite films? actors? directors?
    My favorites:
    comedies:
    Обыкновенное чудо / Ordinary miracle
    Кавказская пленница / Prisoner of the Caucasus, or Shurik's New Adventures
    Бриллиантовая рука / The Diamond Arm
    Иван Васильевич меняет профессию / Ivan Vasilievich changes his occupation
    Покровские ворота / Pokrov Gates
    Тот самый Мюнхгаузен / The Very Same Munhgauzen
    Кин-дза-дза / Kin-Dza-Dza
    Двенадцать стульев / Twelve Chairs
    Здравствуйте, я ваша тетя! / Hello, I am your aunt!
    Джентльмены удачи / Gentlemen of luck
    Операция Ы и другие приключения Шурика / Operation Y and Shurik's Other Adventures

    dramas:
    Солярис / Solaris
    Москва слезам не верит / Moscow does not Belive in Tears
    Зеркало / The Mirror
    Свой среди чужих, чужой среди своих / At Home Among Strangers, a Stranger Among his own
    Звезда пленительного счастья / The Star of Fascinating Happiness
    Кавказский пленник / Prisoner of the Mountains
    Вор / The Thief
    Любовник / The Lover
    Покаяние / Repentance

    about love:
    Обыкновенное чудо / Ordinary miracle
    Ирония судьбы или С легким паром! / Irony of fate or with light steam!
    Вокзал для двоих / A Railway Station for Two
    Москва слезам не верит / Moscow does not Belive in Tears
    Жестокий романс / A Cruel Romance
    Служебный роман / Business romance
    Я шагаю по Москве / I am Walking Along Moscow
    Чародеи / Wizards

    War:
    Александр Невский / Alexander Nevsky
    Баллада о солдате / Ballad of a Soldier
    Война / War
    Кавказский пленник / Prisoner of the Mountains
    Отец солдата / Father of The Soldier
    Сто дней до приказа / 100 Days Before The Command
    Торпедоносцы / Torpedo Bombers

    Action:
    Белое солнце пустыни / White Sun of the Desert
    Брат / Brother

    Horror:
    Вий / Viy or Spirit of Evil

    History:
    Андрей Рублев / Andrei Rublev
    Броненосец Потемкин / The Battleship Potemkin
    Война и мир / War and Peace
    Иван Грозный / Ivan the Terrible
    Октябрь / October
    Русский Ковчег / Russian Ark
    Стачка / Strike
    Холодное лето пятьдесят третьего... / Cold Summer of 1953
    Чайковский / Tchaikovsky

    Musical Comedy or Costume Drama:
    Д'Артаньян и Три Мушкетера / D'Artagnan and Three Musketeers
    Труффальдино из Бергамо / Truffaldino from Bergamo
    Гардемарины, вперед! / Naval Cadets, Forward!

    Sci-Fi:
    Солярис / Solaris
    Сталкер / Stalker
    Кин-дза-дза / Kin-Dza-Dza
    Завещание профессора Доуэля / Professor Dowell's Testament
    Человек-амфибия / Amphibian Man
    Ночной дозор / Night Watch

    Animation:
    Алиса в стране чудес / Alice in Wonderland
    Тайна третьей планеты / The Secret of the Third Planet
    Приключения капитана Врунгеля / Adventures of captain Vrungel
    Остров Сокровищ / Treasure Island
    Бременские музыканты / Musicians of Bremen
    Маугли / Mowgli

    I've recently made a page that lists English language movies that are based on Russian books. So far I have 26 titles listed. And I'm trying to find more. The ones I really liked are: Lolita, Onegin & Doctor Zhivago.
    Would appreciate any help with the ones I've missed.
     
  2. Harj

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    I've only seen a coupe, I can reccommend Of Freaks and Men, very dark comedy. I would like to see Battleship Potemkin, but generally Russian films dont get the coverage of other european films or asian.
     
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    Hi,

    I like some Russian stuff, but a lot of it - as others have pointed out - don't get released to UK or US DVD.

    I liked the original "Solaris" (1972) and "Battleship Potemkin", but haven't really seen any modern Russian titles. I think it's probably one of the most neglected countries, for film news.

    With animation, however, the Russians do some really great stuff! Jan Svankmajer, for example, is awesome, if a very twisted guy! My kind of stuff! :smashin:


    Pooch
     
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    Jan Svankmajer is a Czech not Russian.
    Although I've met Yuri Norstein at festivals a few times but he doesn't speak English and I don't speak Russian , so it normally involves me buying him a drink and trying to chat up his frosty translator ( always fit looking girls ...naughty Yuri!)
     
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    Have any of you seen "Night watch"? It's a very good Russian Sci-Fi / Fantasy movie ("Lord of the Rings" meets "Prophecy"). It's been out on DVD for some time, but since Fox bought all American distribution rights, they have mandated to stop making NTSC formatted dvds of it. The disk has been slowly disappearing from even Russian stores in America. And Fox kept postponing the release until this week (limited release), while sequel "Day Watch" is already out in Russia. Ain't US movie studios great
     
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    pgmatg are you russian?

    I'd been wanting to get Stalker http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0079944/ for a while but never seem to get a good price on the dvd.

    Also if you have any knowledge of this and where I can get it from I would like to watch it http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091341/

    There was another film I wanted to see last year about a father returning home after a few years and I think he goes on a fishing trip with his sons, supposed to have been pretty good.

    Regards
     
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    Only seen a few of these. I once sat through a triple bill of Eisenstein (Potemkin, Strike, October), which nearly finished me off altogether.

    Stalker was a bit of a disappointment. There was a Tarkovsky season on the BBC some years back and I had been looking forward to seeing this. It's based on one of my favourite SF novels (Roadside Picnic by Boris and Arkady Strugatsky. I thought the book was quite imaginative, but all I can remember about the film is a bloke lying on the ground with his head in a puddle. I guess that's Tarkovsky for you.

    A great film I saw years ago (15 or more?) which I thought at first was Russian, but I now believe is actually Georgian (dubbed into Russian with English subtitles) is The Blue Mountains.
     
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    I watched a fair few Russian films while I was learning Russian, but rarely watch them any more. One I remember that I rather liked was Маленькая Вера (Little Vera). I particularly remember it because I met a member of the cast while I was in Moscow. I also remember an amusing old film about a guy who mistakes another town for his home town (and then another flat for his own) because all Russian towns (and flats) look the same! I have a feeling that was "С легким паром".

    Ночной дозор (Night Watch) sounds interesting. But I was put off buying the DVD as it seems like it might be too gory for my taste.
     
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    guys, has anyone got subs for russian comedies? I have only in original, and one of my American friends is interested to watch russian comedies but he doesn't know Russian...
     
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    Moved from the TV forum.;)
     
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    i think the movie is The Return http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0376968/
     
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    Thanks for that, though I did catch the film on Film 4 recently, very good. Also managed to see Stalker, wow, I was totally engrossed in the scenery/background, now I realise where it was filmed I wonder of there were any after effects? I won't spoil it for those yet to see it, but it is pretty close to the book Roadside Picnic for all you sci-fi fans.

    I'm also interested to hear of a russian film coming soon about Genghis Khan, having just read a great book about him, it ties in nicely, if it gets a release here.
     
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