Russian and Eurasian Films at MHC
The following films are all in the MHC library, except for the operas, which are at the music library in Pratt. Unless otherwise noted, they are all on video and all have English subtitles.
- Adam's Rib (Rebro Adama) (1992)
- Alexander Nevsky (1938)
- A Maddening Space (1991)
- Andrei Rublev (1966)
- Anna Karenina (1995)
- The Ascent (Voskhozhdenie) (1976)
- Ballad of a Soldier (Ballada o soldate) (1958)
- The Battleship Potemkin (Bronenosets Potemkin) (1925)
- Brief Encounters (Korotkie vstrechi) (1990)
- The Brigade (Brigada) (2002)
- Brother (Brat) (1997)
- Brother 2 (Brat 2) (1999)
- Burnt by the Sun (Utomlennye solntsem) (1994)
- By the Law, Chess Fever (1926)
- A Chef in Love (1996)
- Chapayev (1934)
- Chardynin’s Pushkin (1992)
- Chekist (1992)
- The Cherry Orchard (Vishnevyi sad) (1994)
- The Cigarette Girl of Moscow (1967)
- The Cranes are Flying (Letiat zhuravli) (1957)
- The Departure (1992)
- Dersu Uzala (1974)
- The Deserter (1933)
- Don Quixote (Don Kikhot) (1957)
- The End of an Era (1917)
- The End of St. Petersburg (Konets Sankt-Peterburga) (1927)
- Europe, Europe (Evropa Evropa) (1992)
- Evgenii Bauer (1992)
- The Extraordinary Adventures of Mr. West in the Land of the Bolsheviks (Neobychainye prikliucheniia Mistera Vesta v strane Bolshevikov) (1924)
- The Fall of The Romanov Dynasty (1991)
- Father Sergius (Otets Sergii) (1978)
- Five Evenings (Piat vecherov) (198?)
- Folklore and Legend(1992)
- Freeze, Die, Come to Life (Zamri, umri, voskresni) (1989)
- The Girl with the Box (Devushka s korobkoi) (1927)
- The Girl With the Hat Box (1991)
- The Gorky Trilogy (1938-1940)
- Before the Order (100 dnei do prikaza) (2000)
- His Personal Life (Chastnaia zhizn) (1987)
- How I Worked for Stalin (1990)
- I am Cuba (IA—Kuba) (1964)
- Iakov Protazanov (1916),
- The Departure of a Great Old Man (1912),
- The Queen of Spades (1916)
- Incident at Map Grip 36-80 (Sluchai v kvadrate 36-80) (1983)
- The Interpretations of Dreams (1994)
- Ivan The Terrible (Ivan Groznyi) (1944)
- Ivan's Childhood (Ivanovo detstvo) (1963)
- King Lear (Korol Lir) (1980)
- Kino-eye (Kino-glaz) (1924)
- Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk Region (Ledi Makbet Mtsenskogo uezda) (1989)
- Let Sleeping Dogs Lie (Ne budite spiashchuiu sobaku) (1991)
- Little Vera (Malen’kaia Vera) (1988)
- Luna Park (1991)
- Man with a Movie Camera (Chelovek s kino-apparatom) (1929)
- Master and Margarita (2005)
- Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears (1993)
- The Mirror (Zerkalo) (1974)
- Mother (Mat') (1926)
- My Tender and Affectionate Beast (2004)
- Oblomov (1981)
- October (Oktiabr’) (1928)
- Of Freaks and Men (Pro urodov i liudei) (1998)
- The Overcoat (Shinel’) (1968)
- The Personal File of Anna Akhmatova (1991)
- Peter the First
- Piter FM (2006)
- The Planet of Storms (1962)
- Poligon (1991)
- Prince Igor (2003)
- Prisoner of the Mountains (Kavkazskii plennik) (1996)
- Provincial Variations (Early Russian Cinema, vol. 4)
- Queen of Spades (1992)
- Repentance (Pokoianie) (1987)
- The Road to Life (Putyovka v zhizn) (1931)
- Scarecrow (Chuchelo) (1985)
- Scarlet Empress (1993)
- The Seagull (Chaika) (1970)
- The Second Circle (Krug vtoroi) (1990)
- Sergei Eisenstein (autobiography) (1999) Siberiade (1979)
- Sidewhiskers (Bakenbardy) (1990)
- Sisters (Sestry) (2001)
- Solaris (1971)
- Solovki: Testimonies and Documents (1988)
- Strike (1925)
- Starewicz's Fantasies (1992)
- A Summer to Remember (Seryozha) (1961)
- The Thief (Vor) (1998)
- They Fought For Their Motherland (2005)
- Three Songs about Lenin (Tri pesni o Lenine) (1934)
- Thunder over Mexico (Que viva Mexico) (1931-2)
- The War (Voina) (2002)
- War and Peace (Voina i mir) (1967)
- The White Russian Station (Belorusskii vokzal) (198?)
- White Sun of the Desert (Beloe solntse pustyn) (198?)
- Wild Oats (Oshibki iunosti) (1978)
Adam's Rib (Rebro Adama) (1992)
PN1997 .R425 1994
Director: Vyacheslav Krishtofovich
Cast: Inna Churikova, Svetlana Ryabova, Maria Golubkina, Elena Bogdanov
Based on the novel Babii dom by A. Kukrchatkin. Three generations of women share a small, crowded apartment with Nina at the center of it all. Twice married and divorced, with two sexually active daughters, one from each failed marriage, she is also at the beck and call of her mute mother who rings her bedside bell whenever she craves attention. Trying to cope with the men that exist in their lives and the troubles they bring, forms the cornerstone of this bittersweet, comic film.
In Russian language with yellow English subtitles.
Alexander Nevsky (1938)
PN1997 .A3533 1990
Director: Sergei M. Eisenstein
Cast:Nikolai Cherkasov, Nikolai Okhlopkov, Alexander Abikosov, Dmitri Orlov
Biographical story of Prince Alexander Nevsky and his successful resistance against an attempt by the Teutonic Knights to invade Russia in 1242.
A Maddening Space (1991)
PG3479.4.R64 Z469 1991
A lifelong outsider, Joseph Brodsky was a disciple of Anna Akhmatova. The most apolitical poet of the period, he was perceived by the Communist government as subversive, and imprisoned, confined to mental hospitals, and sentenced to forced labor. In 1972 he was allowed to emigrate to the U.S. on the condition that he never return. Over drinks with Derek Walcott, the Nobel laureates share memories and observations.
Andrei Rublev (1966)
PN1997 .A495 1992 pt. 1
PN1997 .A495 1992 pt. 2
Director: Andrei Tarkovsky
Cast: Anatoly Solonitsyn, Ivan Lapikov, Nikolai Grinko
Story of the famed 15th century icon painter who survives the cruelties of medieval Russia and creates works of art.
Anna Karenina (1967)
PN1997 .A538 1995
Film adaptation of Tolstoy's classic novel
Director: Aleksandr Zarkhi
Cast: Tatiana Samoilova (Anna Karenina), Vasilii Lanovoi (Count Vronsky), Nikolai Gritsenko (Karenin), Iurii IAkovlev, Anastasiia Vertinskaia, Iia Savvina, Maia Plisetskaia
The wife of an aging Russian aristocrat falls for a dashing cavalry officer.
The Ascent (Voskhozhdenie) (1976)
Director: Larisa Shepitko
Cast: Boris Plotnikov, Vladimir Gostiukhin, Sergei Iakovlev, Liudmila Poliakova, Viktoriia Goldentul, Anatolii Solonitsyn, Nilolai Sektimenko, Mariia Vinogradova
Russian partisans confront the Nazis during World War II. Two men react in different ways to their capture and torture.
Ballad of a Soldier (Ballada o soldate) (1958)
PN1997 .B3279 1992
Director: Grigori Chukhrai
Cast: Vladimir Ivashov, Shanna Prokhorenko
A soldier-boy earns a ten-day leave to go home to his mother by performing a desperate act of bravery at the front. On the way home he has many adventures.
The Battleship Potemkin (Bronenosets Potemkin) (1925)
PN1997 .B384 1998
Director: Sergei Eisenstein
Digital videodisc release of a 1925 motion picture by Goskino
Cast: Alexander Antonov, Grigori Alexandrov, Vladimir Barski, Mikhail Gomorov, A. Levshin, Maxim Strauch Potemkin re-creats the 1905 mutiny on the battleship "Prince Potemkin." It focuses a mutiny by the battleship's crew and the subsequent massacre of civilians - that reflects the spirit of the times. Silent film with Russian intertitles and English subtitles and music score.
PN1997 .E25 1992 pt.1
This videocassette contains 4 previously released films: A Fish Factory in Astrakhan -- Sten'ka Razin -- Princess Tarakanova -- Romance with Double-Bass (Chekhov adaptation)
A silent film with Russian and English subtitles and original music added.
Cast: Evgenii Petrov-Kraevskii (in the 2nd work), V. Mikulina, N. Aleksandrova, Nikolai Vasilev (in the 3rd work), V. Gorskaia (in the 4th work).
Documentaries like A Fish Factory in Astrakhan (1908) preceded the the first Russian dramatic production, Stenka Razin (Romashkov, 1908). Meanwhile, the Moscow branch of Path produced its own version of the film d'art, Princess Tarakanova (Hansen/Ma_tre, 1910) and soon followed with the first of many Chekhov adaptations, Romance with double bass.
Brief Encounters (Korotkie vstrechi) (1990)
PN1997 .K678 1990
Director: Kira Muratova
Cast: Nina Ruslanova, Vladimir Visotsky, Kira Muratova
A busy District Soviet official interrupts her full schedule to befriend a young woman from the country and to recall her bittersweet memories of brief encounters with her often absent lover, a prospecting geologist.
The Brigade (Brigada) (2002)
PN1992.77.B75 B75 2002 parts 1-6
Director: Alekseia Sidorov
Cast: Sergei Bezrukov, Dmitrii Diazhev, Ekaterina Guseva, Pavel Maikov, Vladimir Vdovichenkov
Gangster drama set in Russia in the 1990s, showing the progression a group of four friends takes from 1989 to the present day. Originally broadcast as a television program. Includes 15 45-minute episodes, as well as interviews with the actors.
Brother (Brat) (1997)
PN1997 .B722 2000
Director: Alexei Balabanov
Cast: Sergei Bodrov, Jr., Victor Sukorukov, Svetlana Pis'michenko, Mariia Zhukova
When Danila is discharged from the Army, he travels to St. Petersburg to find his older brother, who is now working for a mafia group that is in conflict with a rival Chechen organized crime faction.
Brother 2 (Brat 2) (1999)
PN1997 .B723 2000
Director: Aleksei Balabanov
Cast: Sergei Bodrov, Jr., Viktor Sukhorukov, Sergei Makovetskii, Gari Khiuston, Irina Saltykova, Kirill Pirogov Second film about a Russian "hero" Danila Bagrov. He meets his army buddies with whom he fought in Chechnya. One of them, Konstantin, tells Danila about his brother, a professional hockey player in America, who is swindled into an oppressive contract by the team owner and the Ukrainian mafia. After Konstantin is found dead, Danila and his brother head to America to avenge Konstantin’s death and resolve his brother’s situation.
Includes documentary film "Kak snimalsia 'Brat 2'"
Burnt by the Sun (Utomlennye solntsem) (1994)
PN1997 .B837 1995
Director: Nikita Mikhalkov
Cast: Oleg Menshikov, Nikita Mikhalkov, Ingeborga Dapkunaite, Nadya Mikhalkov
Colonel S. Kotov, a hero of the Revolution, is spending the summer in the country with his young daughter (Mikhalkov's real-life daughter), his wife and her eccentric family. But when his wife's childhood love suddenly appears, the idyllic summer day takes a surprising turn. A lyrical film filled with beauty and warmth, it is also an indelible account of a man dedicated to family and fatherland, cruelly destroyed by political paranoia. 1994 Academy Award for Best foreign language film.
By the Law, Chess Fever (1926)
PN1997 .B98 1997
Based upon "The unexpected," by Jack London
Director: Lev Kuleshov
Cast: Vladimir Fogel, Sergei Komarov, Alexandra Khokhlova By the law: While searching for gold in the Yukon, a disgruntled prospector viciously murders two of his fellow shareholders, and the surviving members, after committing the dead to the frozen earth, must decide the fate of their deranged cohort.
Chess fever: A Keaton-esque comedy in which a young man's passion for the game threatens to wreck his marriage.
A Chef in Love (1996)
PN1997 .C4624 1997
Director: Nana Djordjadze
Cast: Pierre Richard, Micheline Presle, Nino Kirtadze, Jean-Yves Gautier, Temour Kamkhadze
A sweeping romance about a free-spirited Frenchman whose romantic idyll with a princess in pre-Soviet Georgia is threatened by the barbarism of the Russian revolution. French, Georgian and Russian with English subtitles.
PN1997 .C45 1984
Directors: S. Vassiliev, G. Vassiliev
Cast: B. Babochkin, B. Blinov, V. Myasnikova, L. Kmit, I. Pevtsov, S. Shkurat
Story of a beloved hero of the Russian Revolution. An illiterate member of the Czar's army, he formed his own unit after the Revolution and fought on the Red side against the Whites.
Chardynin’s Pushkin (1992)
PN1997 .E25 1992
Cast: Petr Biriukov, Aleksandra Goncharova, A. Pozharskaia
The former touring actor-manager made an early name for himself -- and gave Russian cinema a distinctly cultured orientation -- with Pushkin adaptations like The Queen of Spades (1910) and The House in Kolomna (1913). In the latter, Chardynin’s protegé Mozzhukhin played both a dashing officer and a farcical cook in drag."--Container.
PN1997 .C4625 1996
Director: Alexandr Rogojkin
Cast: Igor Sergheyer, Alexei Poluyan, Mikhail Vasserbaum, Serghey Isavnin
In 1917, at the birth of the Russian Revolution, the Bolshevik secret police (C.H.E.K.A.), forerunners of the KGB, unleased a reign of bloody terror to wipe out any opposition to communism. This film follows the daily rituals of a Cheka officer as he and his men judge and execute their victims.
The Cherry Orchard (Vishnevyi sad) (1994)
PN1997 .V5455 1994
Based on Chekhov's play “The Cherry Orchard”
Director: V. Martens
Cast: T. Eremeeva, E. TSyplakova, L. Pirogova, I. Annenkov, V. Korshunov
The Cigarette Girl of Moscow (1967)
PN1997 .P264 1991
Director: Yuri Zhelyabuzhsky
Cast: Yulia Solntseva, Igor Ilinsky, Anna Dmokhvskaya, L. Baratov
A boisterous comedy satirizing Soviet life and the making of movies in the 1920’s. Zina, a cigarette girl, is hired as an actress. She falls in love with the movie’s cameraman, but later has problems and must return to her old job. In the end, love triumphs in a fresh, appealing and marvelous fashion
The Commissar (1967, released 1988)
PN1997 .C6478 1993
Based on the story In the Town of Berdichev by Vassily Grossman
Director: Alexander Askoldov
Cast: Nonna Mordyukova, Rolan Bykov
In this drama set against the Russian Civil War, a tough Red Army commander's military career is disrupted by an unwanted pregnancy. Forced to stay with a poor Jewish family until her child is born, she finds herself transformed by the warmth and compassion of her hosts. She must ultimately decide whether to rejoin her troops or stay with her child.
The Cranes are Flying (Letiat zhuravli) (1957)
PN1997 .C736 1992
Director: Mikhail Kalatozov
Cast: Tatiana Samohilova, Aleksei Batalov
Set during World War II, a tragic story of youthful love shattered by war.
PN1997 .I24 1992
Director: Iakov Protazanov
Cast: Vladimir Shaternikov, O Petrova, Mikhail Tamarov
The departure of a great old man.Creation of Adam (Sotvorenie Adama) (1993)
PN1997 .S6446 1995
Cast : Saulus Balandis, Serghei Vinogradov, Alexander Strizhenov, Irina Metliskaya, Anzhelika Nevolina
Andrey's marriage is in trouble when his wife accuses him of being gay. Andrey helps a young gay man, Philip, escape from some local bullies. A work visit from a charismatic, wealthy businessman turns Andrey's life around. Russian with English subtitles.
Dersu Uzala (1974)
PN1997 .D877 1994
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Cast: Yuri Solomin, Maxim Munzuk
In eastern Siberia, 1902, a native hunter befriends the leader of a Russian mapping expedition and becomes its guide and primitive philosopher. Based on the novel by Vladimir Arsenyev. Winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, 1975.
The Deserter (1933)
PN1997 .D4665 1997
Director: Vsevolod Pudovkin
A German shipyard laborer joins a worker's strike in defiance of a corrupt union and regardless of the company's violent reprisals. Starved, beaten and discouraged, he is sent as an envoy to the USSR and is rejuvenated by the spirit of cooperation and optimism of the idyllic workers' state. In Russian with English subtitles.
Don Quixote (Don Kikhot) (1957)
Director: Grigori Kozintsev
Cast: Nikolai Cherkassov, Y. Tolubeyev, S. Birman
Don Quixote and his squire set out to right the wrongs of the world. Adapted from Cervantes' novel.
The End of an Era (Early Russian cinema ; v.10):
The revolutionary = Revoliutsioner
For luck = Za schast'em/K schast'iu
Behind the screen = Kulisy ekrana
PN1997 .E25 1992 pt.10
These Russian films (1917) were originally silent; music acc. and English subtitles added.
Cast: Revolutionary: Ivan Perestiani; For luck: Nikolai Radin
Between the February and October revolutions in 1917, Russian cinema reflected urgent new themes, as in The Revolutionary. Bur Bauer also continued his vein of tragic melodrama in what was to be his last film, For Luck -- designed by and featuring as an actor the young Kuleshov. A poignant fragment, Behind the Screen, shows the stars Mozzhukhin and Lisenko on the eve of their departure into exile.
The End of St. Petersburg (Konets Sankt-Peterburga) (1927)
PN1997 .K674 1991
Director: Vsevolod Pudovkin
Cast: Vera Baranovskaya, Ivan Chuvelev
Shows changing conditions in Russia as seen by a young peasant who lived through the upheaval in St. Petersburg that culminated in the revolution of 1917. Made for the 10th anniversary of the Russian revolution.
Europe, Europe (Evropa Evropa) (1992)
PN1997 .E928 1992
Director/writer: Agnieszka Holland
Cast: Marco Hofschneider, Julie Delpy, Hanns Zischler
In German and Russian with English subtitles. The true story of a Jewish teenager who survived World War II by living as a Nazi for 7 years and through 3 countries.
PN1997 .E946 1992 (Early Russian Cinema, Vol. 7)
Russian films, directed by Bauer, were originally silent; music acc. and English intertitles added
A child of the big city = Ditia bolshogo goroda (1913);
The 1002nd ruse = Tysiacha vtoraia khitrost (1915); Daydreams = Grezy (1915).
The Extraordinary Adventures of Mr. West in the Land of the Bolsheviks (Neobychainye prikliucheniia Mistera Vesta v strane Bolshevikov) (1924)
PN1997 .E973 1991
Director: Lev Kuleshov
Cast: Porfiri Podobed, Boris Barnet, Vsevolod Pudovkin
In this satiric film on America's slanted view of the Soviet Union, Mr. West is a bourgeois American who visits those "mad, savage Russians" on a dare. Once in Russia, he is faced with an onslaught of strange characters and events, thrusting him into a world of danger and intrigue. He soon concludes that only through his all-American ingenuity will he survive ... and then the farce begins. Short introduction in English; film subtitled in English; accompanied by musical score.
The Fall of The Romanov Dynasty (1991)
DK246 .F34 1991
An innovative documentary portraying the fall of the Czarist regime and the rise of Communist rule, compiled from numerous films, including some from the Czar’s family
Father Sergius (Otets Sergii) (1978)
PN1997 .O823 1980z
Director: Igor Talankin
Cast: S. Bondarchuk, V. Titova, V. Strzhelchik
The story of a young Russian prince who flees the court to become a monk and later renounces even that position to travel the country as a poor pilgrim. Based on the story by Leo Tolstoy.
Five Evenings (Piat vecherov) (198?)
Director: Nikita Mikhalkov
Cast: Stanislav Liubshin, Liudmila Gurchenko
Follows the emotional turmoil of a man who, in the course of five evenings, becomes reacquainted with an old flame. In Russian, no subtitles.
Folklore and Legend (1992)
PN1997 .E25 1992
Cast: ), Arsenii Bibikov, Ivan Mozzhukhin, Vasilii
Drama in a Gyspy camp (Siversen, 1908) and the unreleased Brigand Brothers (Goncharov, 1912) are plein air folklore subjects, while a 16th century Russian wedding (1909) and Rusalka (1910), both directed by pioneer enthusiast Vasilii Goncharov, show how rapidly Russian cinema espoused national and cultural themes
Freeze, Die, Come to Life (Zamri, umri, voskresni) (1989)
PN1997 .Z255 1991
Director: Vitaly Kanevsk
Cast: Pavel Nazarov, Dinara Drukarova, Yelena Popova
A story of two children who experience the insanity of growing up in a remote Russian mining community during the period of Communist rule.
The Girl with the Box (Devushka s korobkoi) (1927)
PN1997 .D490 1991
Director: Boris Barnet
Cast: Anna Sten, Vladimir Fogel, Pavel Pol, Ivan Koval Samborsky, Serafima Birman
A girl who works in a small hat shop is given a supposedly worthless lottery ticket instead of wages by her unscrupulous employer. The ticket wins her a fortune, and a chase ensues to possess the ticket and her affection.
The Girl With the Hat Box (1991)
PN1997 .D490 1991
Cast:Anna Sten, Vladimir Fogel, Pavel Pol, Ivan Koval Samborsky
A girl who works in a small hat shop is given a supposedly worthless lottery ticket instead of wages by her unscrupulous employer. The ticket wins her a fortune, and a chase ensues to possess the ticket and her affection
The Gorky Trilogy (1938-1940)
PN1997 .G657 1900z pt.1
PN1997 .G657 1900z pt.2
PN1997 .G657 1900z pt.3
Director: Mark Donskoi
Cast: Alexi Lyarsky, Varvara Massalitinova, Nokolai Valbert
Screen adaptations of Gorky’s novels: My childhood (The childhood of Maxim Gorky) -- My apprenticeship -- My university.
A Hundred Days Before the Order (100 dnei do prikaza) 2000
PN1997 .S76 2000
Cast: Vladimir Zamanskii, Armen Dzhigarkhanian, Oleg Vasilkov, Roman Grekov
Five young Red Army recruits struggle for survival against the violence that surrounds them on a daily basis.
His Personal Life (Chastnaia zhizn) (1987?)
PN1997 .C46 1987
Director: Yuli Raizman
Cast: Mikhail Ulyanov (Sergei Abrikosov), Iya Savvina, Irina Gubanova
A manager of a large Soviet factory, who had spent all his time and energy in work, is facing retirement. He takes stock of his role as husband and father and the many things he has neglected and attempts to acquire a private life.
How I Worked for Stalin (1990)
DK268.S8 I18 1990
Director: Semyon Aranovich
Cast: Dmitri Sukhanov, Marfa Sukhanova, Andrei Malenkov
Combines the testimony of eyewitnesses with rare archival photographs and film in an examination of the strong men who ran the Soviet state for Stalin. From Zhdanov, Andreyev, Khrushchev, Malenkov and Suslov to Molotov, the documentary follows the bloody trail to Stalin’s successor.
I am Cuba (Ia—Kuba) (1964)
PN1997 .I238 1995
Script: Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Enrique Pineda Barnet
Director: Mikhail Kalatozov
Four main stories show the rise of the Communist revolution in Cuba, including Battista's Havana and the grinding poverty and oppression of the Cuban people.
Dialogue in Spanish and Russian, subtitles in English.
Iakov Protazanov (Early Russian Cinema, vol. 8)
The departure of a great old man = Ukhod velikogo startsa (1912)
The queen of spades = Pikovaia dama (1916)
PN1997 .I24 1992
Russian films, directed by Protazanov, were originally silent; music acc. and English subtitles added.
Cast for Departure: Vladimir Shaternikov, O Petrova, Mikhail Tamarov, Elizaveta Thiemann.
Cast for Queen: Ivan Mozzhukhin, Vera Orlova, Elizaveta Shebueva.
Incident at Map Grip 36-80 (Sluchai v kvadrate 36-80) (1983)
PN1997 .S578 1983
Director: Mikhail Tumanishvili
Cast: Boris Scherbakov, Mikhai Volontir, Anatoly Kuznetsov, Vladimir Sedov
A Soviet and an American military officer must decide the fate of a disabled American nuclear submarine, a decision that could mean the start of World War III.
The Interpretation of Dreams (1994)
BF173.F85 T64 1994
Director: Andrei Zagdansky
The writings of Freud...juxtaposed with actual events throw into relief such cataclysmic events as the reign of Stalin and the Cold War
Ivan The Terrible (Ivan Groznyi) (1944)
PN1997 .I928 1990 pt.1
PN1997 .I928 1990 pt.2
Director: Sergei Eisenstein
Cast: Nikolai Cherkassov, Mikhail Zharov
Story of the 16th century Czar of Russia, Ivan the Terrible. Describes events from his coronation in Moscow to his abdication and subsequent popular recall.
Ivan's Childhood (Ivanovo detstvo) (1963)
PN1997 .I933 1991
Director: Andrei Tarkovsky
Cast: Kolya Burlaiev, Valentin Zubkov, Valentina Malyavina, Yevgeny Zharikov
An orphan boy serves the Russian army by reconnoitering behind enemy lines during World War II.
King Lear (Korol Lir) (1980)
1971PR2819 .A23 1980z
Director: Grigory Kozintsev
Cast: Yuri Jarvet, V. Shendrikova
A dramatization of William Shakespeare's play in which tragedy occurs when an old king divides his kingdom between his daughters.
Kino-eye (Kino-glaz) (1924)
DK266.4 .K544 1999
Director: Dziga Vertov
Silent movie with added musical accompaniment. Central to KINO-EYE ... are the activities of the Young Pioneers, a group of Soviet adolescents committed to serving the needy. These scenes of teen philanthropy are interwoven with playful cinematic experiments ... documenting a society fresh from revolution ...
Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk Region (Ledi Makbet Mtsenskogo uezda) (1989)
PN1997 .L428 1995
Director-producer: Roman Balaian
Cast: Natalia Andreichenko, Aleksandr Abdulov, Nikolai Pastukhov, Tatiana Kravchenko, Oleg Iliukhin, Elena Kolchugina, Natalia Potapova
Based on the novel "Ledi Makbet Mtsenskogo uezda" by Nikolai Leskov.
Little Vera (Malen’kaia Vera) (1988)
PN1997 .L5773 1989
Director: Vasily Pichul
Cast: Natalya Negoda
The controversial, award winning coming of age movie about a woman torn between her lover and her bitter parents.
Luna Park (1991)
PN1997 .L85 1994
Director: Pavel Lounguine
Cast: Oleg Borisov, Andrei Goutine, Natalie Egorova
An intense, moving tale of a young man coming to terms with his past, in a country spinning dangerously out of control. Examines the role of skinhead influences in early 1990s Moscow.
Man with a Movie Camera (Chelovek s kino-apparatom) (1929)
DK268.3 .C43 1997
Director: Dziga Vertov
Silent film with musical accompaniment. An experimental film which uses numerous cinematic techniques (split screens, multiple superimpositions, variable speeds, et cetera) to present a dawn to dusk view of the Soviet Union and to study the relation between cinema and reality.
Master and Margarita
PN1992.77 M3773 2005
Cast: Oleg Basilashvili, Anna Koval'chuk, Aleksandr Galibin
Master and Margarita (2005) is a Menippean film, based on the eponymous book by Mikhail A. Bugakov. Set in the Soviet Union under Stalin, it has several story-lines, that are intertwined. The sacrifices of Master (Galibin), a talented author of a manuscript about the biblical Pontius Pilate, and Master’s Muse - Margarita (Kovalchuk), are paralleled by the biblical story of Yeshua in Yerushalaim, and the deceit of the cowardly ambiguous Pilate (Lavrov), who’s character alludes to a Soviet leader. The reality is distorted by Evil Woland (Basilashvili), and his lieutenants, who are manipulating public events and people’s lives, by pushing the buttons of all human weaknesses and sins. (From Internet Movie Database.)
The Mirror (Zerkalo) (1974)
PN1997 .M5695 1980z
Director: Andrei Tarkovsky
Cast: Oleg Yanovsky, Margarita Terekhova
Tarkovsky's looking glass is not merely cracked but shattered and we see the jagged, jumbled reflections of its shards, images of Tarkovsky's childhood mixed with fragments of his adult life--a child's wartime exile, a mother's experience with political terror, the breakup of a marriage, life in a country home--all intermingled with slow-motion dream sequences and poetic chunks of stark newsreels.
Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears (1993)
PN1997 .M6682 1993
A romantic comedy about three young working-class country girls who go to Moscow in 1958 to seek work, men and success. Looks at the results of their expedition in 1978
Mother (Mat') (1926)
PN1997 .M6684 1990
Director: Vsevolod Pudovkin
Cast: Vera Baranovskaia, Nickolai Batalov, A. Christiakov
A heroic young revolutionary gives his life fighting against the misery and poverty of Tsarist Russia in the futile prewar revolution of 1905, and, in so doing, brings about the political awareness of his own mother. Intertitles in Russian and English; musical accompaniment added.
My Tender and Affectionate Beast
PN1997 .M64 2004
Director: Emilia Lotianu
Cast:Galia Beliaeva, Oleg IAnkovskii, Kirill Lavrov, Leonid Markov
A dying man thinks back to the hunting party that forever changed his life
PN1997 .O234 1981
Director: Nikita Mikhalkov
Cast: Oleg Tabakov (Oblomov), Elena Solovei (Olga), Yuri Bogatyrev, Andrei Popov
An adaptation of the 19th-century Russian novel Oblomov by Ivan Goncharov. A comedic drama about a member of the landed gentry of nineteenth-century Russia whose indolence destroys his life.
October (Oktiabr’) (1928)
PN1997 .O242 1980z
Directors: Sergei Eisenstein and Grigori Alexandrov
Cast: Vasili Nikandrov, N. Popov, Boris Livanov, Eduard Tiss, Nikolai Podvoisky
Depicts events and circumstances which culminated in the Russian Revolution of October 1917. Describes the Kerensky regime, the European theater of World War I, and discusses the conflicting plans and ambitions of various participants. A shorter version of the motion picture was released in the United States with the title: Ten days that shook the world
The Personal File of Anna Akhmatova (1991)
PG3476.A324 L54 1991
The painful and courageous story of an artist in a totalitarian society and a visual catalog of the times
The Planet of Storms (1962)
PN1997 .P5838 1990z
Director: P. Klushantsev
Cast: Gennadi Vernov, Vladimir Temelianov, Yuri Sarantsev
Cosmonauts land on Venus and find themselves in peril by various alien monstrosities.
U264.5.K3 P65 1991
Examines the health and environmental impact of Semipalatinsk, a Soviet nuclear test site in Kazakhstan that contaminated thousands of local residents. A protest movement forced the closing of the site in 1991.
Prince Igor (2003)
M1500.B744 P75 2003
Director:Yevgeny Sokovnin, Irkin Sabitov, Jeremy Isaacs
Cast: Sergei Leiferkus, Prince Igor ; Anna Tomowa-Sintow, Yaroslavna
Sung in Russian; subtitles in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Chinese
Prisoner of the Mountains (Kavkazskii plennik) (1996)
PN1997 .K338 1997
Director: Sergei Bodrov, Sr.
Cast: Oleg Menshikov, Sergei Bodrov, Jr., Djemal Sikharulidze, Susanna Mekhralieva, Alexander Bureev, Valentina Fedotova, Alexei Jarkov
Based on the novella Prisoner of the Caucasus by Leo Tolstoy. A pair of Russian soldiers are captured and taken prisoner by a Chechen father hoping to barter them for the release of his captured son. A bond of understanding develops between the soldiers and their captors, but it is broken when plans for their release go awry, and a chain of violence and retaliation is precipitated.
Provincial Variations (Early Russian Cinema, vol. 4)
The Wedding Day
Merchant Bashkirov's Daughter
PN1997 .P779 1992
Jewish life was one of the exotic subjects covered in provincial films like the Latvian Wedding Day (Slovinski, 1912). The remarkably bleakmelodrama Merchant Bashkirov's daughter (Larin, 1913), set on the Volga, was based on a real murder scandal.
Queen of Spades
M1500.T31 P54 1992
Director: Graham Vick
Cast:Marusin, Herman ; Nancy Gustafson, Lisa ; Felicity Palmer
Herman becomes obsessed with the beautiful Lisa, who is engaged to Prince Yeletsky. He learns that Lisa’s grandmother, the Countess, knows a gaming secret and uses Lisa’s confidence to arrange a confrontation with this old woman. Herman frightens the Countess to death, and she later exacts a terrible revenge on him, returning as the Queen of Spades
Repentance (Pokoianie) (1987)
PN1997 .R464 1988
Director: Tenghiz Abuladze
Cast: Avtandil Makharadze, Ia Ninidze, Merab Ninidze, Zeinab Botsvadze, Ketevan Abuladze
In a small Russian village a woman is put on trial for repeatedly digging up the body of the town's recently deceased ruler. The trial gradually reveals the truth about the despot's vicious reign of terror, and forces the townspeople to face the reality of his (and the Soviet Union's) monstrous inhumanity during the Stalinist era. In Georgian, with English subtitles. Cannes Special Jury prize, 1987.
The Road to Life (Putyovka v zhizn) (1931)
PN1997 .R634 1990z
Director: N. Ekk
Cast: Mikhail Zharov, Maria Gonta, Tzyvan Kyrla
One of the earliest Russian sound films, A road to life is a dramatization of the problem of orphaned juvenile delinquents in post-war Russia. After the repressive efforts of the government failed to reform these children, a group of teachers gathered them into collective homes where they were taught cooperation through useful work and recreation. These efforts resulted in the successful socialization of the children.
Scarecrow (Chuchelo) (1985)
PN1997 .C488 1988
Director: Rolan Bykov
Based on a story by Vladimir Zheleznikov. Story of cruelty of schoolchildren as they persecute a girl who doesn’t fit in.
Scarlet Empress (1993)
PN1997 .S322 1993
Director:Josef von Sternberg
Cast: Marlene Dietrich, John Lodge, Sam Jaffe, Louise Dresser
Catherine, a German princess, married the Grand Duke Peter, the heir to the Russian throne. Because of his madness, she was able to seize the throng and become known as Catherine the Great
The Seagull (Chaika) (1970)
PN1997 .C388 1994
Director: Iuliia Karasik
Cast: A. Demidova, V. Chetverikov, N. Plotnikov, L. Saveleva, A. Dzhigarkhanian, V. Telichkina, Iu. Iakovlev
Two writers and one actress strive for the ideal of artistic perfection. Set in the late 19th century Russia, unreciprocated love in three linked romantic triangles influence the paths their lives follow, with the seagull the representation of love for one of the writers. Based on the play by Anton Chekhov.
The Second Circle (Krug vtoroi) (1990)
PN1997 .K78 1992
Director: Aleksandr Sokurov
Cast: Petr Alexandrov, Nadezhda Rodnova, Tamara Timofeeva, Aleksandr Bystriakov
Set in a frigid Siberian town to which a youth has travelled to superintend the burial of his father, this is a story of the son's confrontation with death. His father's life is viewed in the context of and as a contemporary image of twentieth-century Soviet society's influence. What comes to the fore, however, are the eternal verities of death, faith, and the continuance of life.
Sergei Eisenstein (Autobiography) (1999)
PN1998.3.E34 S47 1999
Director: Oleg Kovalov
Based on Eisenstein’s memoirs, this autobiographical film reflects the inner world of the great Russian film director during the tragic years of two Russian revolutions and the Stalin terror. The film follows Eisenstein on a long voyage abroad which he started in 1929, and presents transformed episodes from Eisenstein’s films and his contemporaries, as well as rare archival shots of Eisenstein himself presented with a soundtrack of Eisenstein’s reminiscences, which are sometimes very personal
PN1997 .S494 1994 pt.1
PN1997 .S494 1994 pt.2
Director: A. Mikhalkov-Konchalovsky
Cast: Lyudmilla Gurchenko, Nikita Mikhalkov, Vitaly Solomin, Vladimir Samoilov, Sergei Shakurov, Igor Okhlupin
An epic romantic drama about three generations of two feuding families, the rich Solomins and the poor Ustyuzhanins, of a rural Siberian village, from the time of the Russian Revolution to the present-day exploration of hidden resources of Siberian soil.
Sidewhiskers (Bakenbardy) (1990)
PN1997 .B326 1992
Director: Yuri Mamin
Cast: Victor Sukhorukov, Alexander Medvedev
The Pushkin Club is a group of reactionaries who affect 19th century dress and want to remove from Russia "the scum of Western influence." In this original, biting satire a warning about the rise of militarism and fascism in Russia is sounded.
Sisters (Sestry) (2001)
PN1997.2 .S477 2001
Director: Sergei Bodrov, Jr.
Cast: Katia Gorina, Oksana Akinshina, Sergei Bodrov
The sisters are, in fact, half-sisters - 13-year-old Sveta and 8-year-old Dina, whose father is a mid-ranking gangster in the Russian Mafia. He is released from prison after serving time for a robbery, but finds his colleagues on the outside suspect him of stashing away some of his crime's ill-gotten gains. To ensure his co-operation they plan to kidnap his children, but the resourceful, independent kids escape and hide out in the countryside. The squabbling sisters temporarily put aside their differences as they try to stay one step ahead of their would-be captors. First and only film directed by Sergei Bodrov, Jr., star of “Brother” and “Brother 2.”
PN1997 .S632 1991 pt.1
PN1997 .S632 1991 pt.2
Director: A. Tarkovski
Cast:Donats Banionis, Natalia Bondartchouk
Based on the novel by Stanislaw Lem. On the water planet, Solaris, human space explorers encounter a unique and radical intelligence. Contact between man and this entity stretches the limits of reason and insanity, knowledge and comprehension.
Solovki: Testimonnies and Docmunets (1988)
HV8964.R8 V55 1988
This film takes us to the notorious Solovtski Labor Camps in the White Sea which remain a painful symbol of Stalin’s cruel forced labor policies. The few remaining survivors recollect how they managed to preserve a vestige of hope and humanity throughout their grim experience.
PN1997 .S795 1999
Director: Sergei Eisenstein
Cast: Grigori Alexandrov, Maxim Strauch
Originally released in 1925 as motion picture. Silent with musical accompaniment. Story of a strike by factory workers in Tsarist Russia which is brutally suppressed. English subtitles.
PN1997 .E25 1992 pt.3
Director: Wladyslaw Starewicz
Silent films with Russian and English subtitles with original music added.
One of ten volumes of a unique video anthology (with original music) from Gosfilmofond, Milestone Film & Video, and the British Film Institute.
The dragonfly and the ant
The Lily of Belgium
Cast: Ivan Mozzhukhin, Olga Obolenskaia, Lidiia Tridenskaia, P. Lophukin, A. Kheruvimov, Pavel Knorr (in the 2nd work), Irina Starewicz (in the 3rd work)
Starewicz's fantasies, Wladislaw Starewicz's later puppet animation, is now better known than his brilliant beginning at the Khanzhonkov Studio. He pioneered insect-puppets in The Ant and The Grasshopper (1911), before turning to live-action fantasy in a version of Gogol's Christmas eve (1913) and contributing to the war effort with an anti-German allegory The Lily of Belgium (1915)
A Summer to Remember (Seryozha) (1961)
PN1997 .S933 1980z
Directors: G. Danelia, I. Talankin
Cast: Borya Barkhatov (Seryozha), Sergey Bondarchuk (Korostelov), Irina Skobtseva (Marianna), Natasha Chechetkina (Lidka), Seryozha Metyelytsyn (Vasska), V. Merkuriev (Uncle Kostya)
A lyrical look at the relationship between a young boy and his new stepfather. Based on the story Seriozha by Vera Federovna Panova.
The Thief (Vor) (1998)
PN1997 .V68 1999
Cast: Ekaterina Rednikova, Vladimir Mashkov, Misha Philipchuk
An Academy Award nominated (Best Foreign Language Film, 1997) tale of passion, betrayal and innocence lost, as seen through the eyes of an impressionable young boy. Set in post-World War II Russia.
They Fought For Their Motherland (2005)
PN1997 .O65 2005
Director: S. Bondarchuk
Cast: V. Leonov, V. Shukshin, S. Bondarchuk, G. Burkov, N. Gubenko, V. Tikhonov.
Tale of the Red Army during WWII as the Germans pierced deeply into Russia.
Thunder over Mexico (Que viva Mexico) (1931-2)
Sergei Eisenstein's "lost" masterpiece, reconstructed by Grigory Aleksandrov and Nikita Orlov. A video document of the history of Mexico, presented in four novellas: Sandunga, an exposition of Tehuantepec jungles and the peaceful lifestyles of their inhabitants; Manguei, a love story about a poor peon and his bride; Fiesta, devoted to bullfighting and romantic love; and Soldadera, a portrayal of the 1910 revolution in Mexico as depicted in the frescoes of Sigueiros, Rivera, and Orosco.
The War (Voina) (2002)
PN1997.2 .V646 2002
Director: Aleksei Balabanov
Cast: Aleksei Chadov, Sergei Bodrov, Jr., Ingebora Dapkunaite, Evklid Kiurdzidis, Georgii Gurguliia, Vladimir Gostiukhin, Iurii Stepanov
Brutal story of friendship, patriotism and personal loyalties told against the background of the story of hostages in the first Russian-Chechen conflict.
War and Peace (Voina i mir) (1967)
PN1997 .V64 1982 pt.1
PN1997 .V64 1982 pt.2
PN1997 .V64 1982 pt.3
Director: Sergei Bondarchuk
Cast: Vyacheslav Tikhonov, Lyudmila Savelyeva, Sergei Bondarchuk, Anastasia Vertinskaya, Vasily Lanovoi, Irina Skobtseva, Boris Zakhava, Vladislav Strzhelchik
Videorecording of the 1967 film adaptation of the novel by Leo Tolstoy. Follows the interconnected lives of a group of Russian aristocrats from 1805 to 1812, including Napoleon's invasion of Russia.
The White Russian Station (Belorusskii vokzal) (198?)
Director: Andrei Smirnov
Cast: Aleksei Glazirin, Evgenii Leonov, Anatolii Papanov, Vsevolod Safonov
Three friends come to bury a fourth and reminisce about World War II.
White Sun of the Desert (Beloe solntse pustyn) (198?)
Directors: M. Daknev, V. Dovlatov
Set in the desert near the Afghan border during the Revolution of 1917-1920. In Russian with no subtitles.
Wild Oats (Oshibki iunosti) (1978)
PN1997 .O766 1995
Director: Boris Frumin
Cast: Stanislav Zhdanko, Marina Neyelova, Natalia Varley, Mikhail Vaskov, Nikolai Karatchetsov, Nikolai Penkov, Marina Maltseva, Bella Tchirina
Dmitri Gurianov is a Red Army conscript stationed at a Black Sea resort. Leaving behind the humiliations of army life, he chooses a high paying construction job in Siberia. He starts a love affair with a beautiful, enigmatic co-worker, but they split over the question of parenthood. Dmitri moves to Leningrad and drifts into a life among black marketeers and a marriage of expediency.