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This page covers three kinds of movies relating to Russia and-or the Soviet Union (and-or former S.S.R. states):
the first is the cinema created in Russia by Russian artists; the second is of Russian artists working elsewhere (as Eisenstein did);
and the third are the many movies made in Hollywood and Europe about Russian subject matter,
such as "Dr. Zhivago", "Reds", "Anna Karenina", and "Dersu Uzala".

Cinema of Russia entry at Wikipedia
Cinema of The Soviet Union entry at Wikipedia

search cinema books on keywords 'cinema russia soviet' {returns 140+ titles} at Amazon
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Books  on  Russian & Soviet  Cinema
search cinema books on keywords 'cinema russia soviet' {returns 140+ titles} at Amazon

Kino History of Russian & Soviet Film book by Jay Leyda  "Kino: A History of The Russian and Soviet Film" [orig 1960, rev 1983]
by Jay Leyda [1910-88]

Princeton Univ Press 3rd edition 9x5¾ pb [8/83] for $42.34
Princeton Univ Press 3rd edition hardcover [8/83] out of print/used
Film Factory, Russian & Soviet Cinema book by Ian Christie  "The Film Factory: Russian and Soviet Cinema In Documents, 1896-1939" [1988]
by Ian Christie

Routledge 10x6¾ pb [12/94] for $51.95
Harvard Univ Press 10¼x8 hardcover [5/88] out of print/used
Inside The Film Factory Russian & Soviet Cinema book edited by Richard Taylor & Ian Christie  "Inside The Film Factory: New Approaches to Russian & Soviet Cinema" [1991]
Edited by Richard Taylor & Ian Christie

Routledge 9x6½ pb [12/94] for $37.79
Routledge 9x6½ hardcover [6/91] for $130.00
Popular Cinema & Soviet Society book by Denise Youngblood  "Movies For The Masses: Popular Cinema & Soviet Society In The 1920s" [1992]
by Denise J. Youngblood

Cambridge Univ Press 9x6 pb [11/93] for $50.00
Cambridge Univ Press hardcover [10/92] out of print/used
Early Cinema in Russia book by Yuri Tsivian, Bodger & Taylor  "Early Cinema In Russia and Its Cultural Reception" [1994]
by Yuri Tsivian, translated by Alan Bodger, edited by Richard Taylor

Univ Chicago Press 9x6 pb [8/98] for $30.00
Routledge 9¼x6½ hardcover [12/94] orig $150.00, out of print/used
Film Posters of the Russian Avant-Garde book by Susan Pack  "Film Posters of The Russian Avant-Garde" [1995]
by Susan Pack

Taschen 12½x10 jumbo hardcover [10/95] out of print/used
Moviemaking In Russia, 1908-1918 book by Denise Youngblood  "Magic Mirror: Moviemaking In Russia, 1908-1918" [1999]
by Denise J. Youngblood

Univ WI Press 9x6 pb [4/99] for $19.95
Univ WI Press 9x6 hardcover [4/99] out of print/used
Cinema and Soviet Society book by Peter Kenez  "Cinema and Soviet Society: From The Revolution To The Death of Stalin" [2001]
by Peter Kenez

I.B. Tauris 9x6 pb [3/2001] for $32.00
I.B. Tauris 9¾x9¼ hardcover [3/2001] for $89.95
Silent Film Poster book by Nina Barburina  "The Silent Film Poster: Russia, 1900-1930" [2002] by Nina Barburina
Art-Rodnik 12½x9¼ hardcover [11/2002] out of print/used

"The Silent Film Poster, 1908-1934" [2011] by Nina Barburina
Art-Rodnik / Vivays Publng hardcover [6/2011 out of print/used

Russian Cinema book by David Gillespie  "Russian Cinema" (Inside Film Series) [2002]
by David Gillespie (University of Bath, U.K.)

Prof. Gillespie presents a topical analysis covering 300 Russian films
Longman 9x6 pb [12/2002] for $28.21
Russian War Films book by Denise J. Youngblood  "Russian War Films: On The Cinema Front, 1914-2005" [2006]
by Denise J. Youngblood

Univ Press of Kansas9¼x6¼ pb [11/2006] for $27.96
Cinema of Russia & The Former Soviet Union book edited by Birgit Beumers  "The Cinema of Russia & The Former Soviet Union (24 Frames Series)" [2006]
Edited by Birgit Beumers, Preface by Alexei Balabanov

Wallflower Press 9x7½ pb [12/2006] for $29.50
Wallflower Press 9½x7½ hardcover [12/2006] for $80.00
Soviet Posters book by Maria Lafont  "Soviet Posters: The Sergo Grigorian Collection" [2007]
by Maria Lafont

Prestel Publng 9½x8 pb [5/2007] for $18.25
Russians in Hollywood book by Harlow Robinson  "Russians In Hollywood, Hollywood's Russians: Biography of An Image" [2007]
by Harlow Robinson

Northeastern Univ Press 9x6½ hardcover [11/2007] for $29.95
Picturing Russia, Visual Culture book edited by Valerie Kivelson & Joan Neuberger  "Picturing Russia: Explorations In Visual Culture" [2008]
Edited by Valerie A. Kivelson & Joan Neuberger

Fifty chronologically-organized essay-vignettes, illustrated with more than one hundred images; covers a thousand years of Russian/Soviet culture, including consumer goods, architecture, religious icons, portraits, photography, folk art, and cinema.
Yale Univ Press 10x7 hardcover [4/2008] for $26.00
Insiders & Outsiders in Russian Cinema book edited by Stephen Norris & Zara Torlone  "Insiders and Outsiders In Russian Cinema" [2008]
Edited by Stephen M. Norris & Zara M. Torlone

essays by Anthony Anemone, Julian Graffy, Peter Kenez, Joan Neuberger, Stephen Norris, Oleg Sulkin, Yuri Tsivian, Emma Widdis & Josephine Woll
Indiana Univ Press 9¼x6¼ pb [4/2008] for $21.95
Indiana Univ Press 9½x6½ hardcover [4/2008] for $55.00
History of Russian Cinema book by Birgit Beumers  "A History of Russian Cinema" [2009]
by Birgit Beumers

Berg Publrs 9x6 pb [2/2009] for $29.95
Berg Publrs 9¼x6¼ hardcover [2/2009] for $87.75
Something about Russian Films book by Alexander Fedorov  "Something About Russian Films: History, Themes, Genres, Directors" [2011]
by Alexander Fedorov

Lambert Academic Publng 8¾x6 pb [2/2011] for $81.00

"Russia On Reels: The Russian Idea In Post-Soviet Cinema" [10/1999] by Birgit Beumers
http://www.amazon.com/Russia-Reels-Russian-Post-Soviet-Cinema/dp/1860643906/

Books on Foreign Cinema   •   Books on Asian Cinema   •   Books on Canadian Cinema
Books on Chinese Cinema   •   Books on French Cinema   •   Books on German Cinema
Books on Cinema of India   •   Books on Italian Cinema   •   Books on Japanese Cinema
Books on Mexican Cinema   •   Books on Cinema of Spain

Filmmakers  of  Russia
NOTE: Oscar Awards for Best Foreign Language Film are not attributed
by A.M.P.A.S. or IMDb to the director or producer, but to the country of origin.

Foreign Filmmakers   •   Filmmakers of Asia   •   Filmmakers of Canada
Filmmakers of China   •   Filmmakers of France   •   Filmmakers of Germany   •   Filmmakers of India
Filmmakers of Italy   •   Filmmakers of Japan   •   Filmmakers of Mexico   •   Filmmakers of Spain

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Yevgeni Bauer  [1865-1917]
Bauer made more than seventy films between 1913 and 1917, of which 26 survive
"The greatest director you've never heard of." — Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times film critic
IMDb listing {27 credits 1913-17}Wikipedia

Mad Love - 3 silent films of Evgeni Bauer  "Mad Love: The Films of Evgeni Bauer" [2003]
contains three silent feature films: "Twilight of A Woman's Soul" [1913] starring Nina Chernova; "After Death" [1915] based on Turgenev's story 'Clara Milich' starring Vera Karalli; and "The Dying Swan"
[1916] starring ballerina Vera Karalli; bonus features: commentary, 37-minute documentary on Bauer by film scholar Yuri Tsivian, stills gallery
{Russian intertitles probably have English subtitles.}
Milestone Cinematheque silent b&w DVD [2013] for $24.95
Image Ent. silent b&w DVD [12/2003] for $24.95
  "Early Russian Cinema, Volume Seven: Evgeni Bauer, 1914-1915" [2012]
includes three films directed by Yevgeni Bauer: "Ditya Bolshogo Goroda (Child of The Big City)" featurette [March 1914]; "Tysyacha Vtoraya Khitrost (The 1002nd Ruse)" short [May 1915]; and "Gryozy (Daydreams)" featurette [Oct 1915] regarded by many as Bauer's surviving masterpiece
Milestone Cinematheque b&w DVD-R [2012] for $24.95

"Twilight of A Woman's Soul" [Nov 1913] starring Nina Chernova
"Ditya Bolshogo Goroda (Child of The Big City)" featurette [March 1914] directed by Yevgeni Bauer
"Nemye Svideteli (Silent Witnesses)" feature film [April 1914] directed by Yevgeni Bauer
"Tysyacha Vtoraya Khitrost (The 1002nd Ruse)" short [May 1915] directed by Yevgeni Bauer
"Gryozy (Daydreams)" featurette [Oct 1915] directed by Yevgeni Bauer - regarded by many as his surviving masterpiece
"Posle Smerti (After Death)" [1915] based on Turgenev's story 'Clara Milich'
directed by Yevgeni Bauer, starring Vera Karalli
"The Dying Swan" [1916] directed by Yevgeni Bauer, starring ballerina Vera Karalli
"Zhizn za zhizn (A Life for A Life)" aka "Her Sister's Rival" feature film [May 1916] adapted & directed by Yevgeni Bauer
"The Revolutionary" short [April 1917] directed by Yevgeni Bauer, written by & starring Ivan Perestiani;
"Za schastem (For Luck)" featurette [Sept 1917] directed by Yevgeni Bauer

37-minute documentary on Bauer by film scholar Yuri Tsivian


Sergei Fedorovich Bondarchuk  [Russia; 1920-94]
IMDb listingWikipedia

Chinese cover for DVD of Red Bells / Krasnye Kolokola  "Red Bells (Krasnye Kolokola) I: Mexico On Fire" [Russia/Mosfilm 1982]
American journalist John Reed's description of the beginnings of the revolution in Mexico, circa 1913.
135-minute film co-written & directed by Sergei Bondarchuk; based on the 1919 book "Ten Days That Shook The World" by John Reed [1887-1920]; starring Franco Nero {as John Reed}, Ursula Andress {as Mabel Dodge, Jorge Luke {as Emiliano Zapata}, Blanca Guerra, Heraclio Zepeda & Jorge Reynoso {as Pancho Villa}; won Crystal Globe Award at Karlovy Vary Film Festival
DVD/Blu-ray not available • full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
"Red Bells (Krasnye Kolokola) II" [Russia/Mosfilm 1983]
American journalist John Reed's description of the beginnings of the revolution in Russia, 1917-18.
139-minute film co-written & directed by Sergei Bondarchuk; based on the 1919 book "Ten Days That Shook The World" by John Reed [1887-1920]; starring Franco Nero {as John Reed}, Sydne Rome, Olegar Fedoro
DVD/Blu-ray not available • full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia


Magic Lantern's
Sergei Eisenstein  [1898-1948] Page

Russian-born Eisenstein also worked in France & Mexico


Marina Goldovskaya  [Russia & U.S.A.]
IMDb listingWikipedia

production company Gold Films in Los Angeles, CA


Rustum Khamdamov
no videos/DVDs at Amazon • IMDb listing


Nikita Mikhalkov
IMDb listingWikipedia

Nikita Mikhalkov Filmmaker's Companion book by Birgit Beumers  
"Nikita Mikhalkov: Between Nostalgia & Nationalism" [2005]
by Birgit Beumers

I.B. Tauris 8½x5½ pb [1/2005] for $28.95


filmmaker Yakov Protazanov  [1881-1945]

"Aelita: The Queen of Mars" silent film [Soviet Russia 1924]
directed by Protazanov; Yuliya Solntseva as the title character; details coded below


Stanislav Rostotsky  [1922-2001]


Larisa Shepitko  [1938-79]
IMDb listingWikipedia

short career: 5 feature films, plus bio-documentary "Larisa" [1980]


Aleksandr Sokurov
DVDs of Sokurov at AmazonIMDb listingWikipedia

'Island of Sokurov' official website + English-language subsite

"Mother and Son" [1996]
"The Dialogues With Solzhenitsyn" [1998]
"Moloch" [1999] about Hitler
"Taurus" [2001] about Lenin
epic "Russian Ark" [2002]
"Father and Son" [2003]
"The Sun" [2005] about Hirohito
"Alexandra" [2007]
"Faust" [2010] starring Johannes Zeiler & Hanna Schygulla


Yuliya Ippolitovna Solnetseva  [Russia 1901-88]
IMDb listingWikipedia

"Aelita: The Queen of Mars" silent film [Soviet Russia 1924]
Solnetseva acted the role of the title character; details coded below

Solntseva directed a trilogy of dazzlingly virtuosic and profound films, rarely seen in the U.S.
"Poem of An Inland Sea (Poema o Moru)" [Soviet Russia Nov 1958] /tt0053177/
"The Story of The Flaming Years (Povest Plamennykh Let)" [Soviet Russia Feb 1961] /tt0054199/
"The Enchanted Desna (Zacharovannaya Desna)" [Soviet Russia 1964] /tt0175345/


Andrei Tarkovsky  [Russia 1932-86]
IMDb listingWikipedia

http://www.acs.ucalgary.ca/~tstronds/nostalghia.com/

"Un Poeta nel Cinema: Andreij Tarkovskij" documentary [Italy 1984]
Directed by Donatella Baglivo; video/DVD not available • credits at IMDb


Dziga Vertov  [1896-1954]


Authors of Russia

Portable Nineteenth-Century Russian Reader anthology edited by George Gibian  "The Portable Nineteenth-Century Russian Reader [1993]
Edited by George Gibian

Penguin Books 8x5¼ pb [8/93] for $13.99
selections include authors Aksakov, Chekhov, Dostoyevsky, Gogol, Goncharov, Gorky, Griboyedov, Herzen, Lermontov, Karolina Pavlova, Prutkov, Pushkin (eleven poems), Saltykov-Shchedrin, Solovyov, Tolstoy, Turgenev, and Tyutchev – and some Russian folk proverbs
Portable Twentieth-Century Russian Reader anthology edited by Clarence Brown  "The Portable Twentieth-Century Russian Reader" [1985]
by Clarence Brown

Kindle Edition from Penguin Group [2003 edition] for $13.00
Penguin Classics 5x7½ pb [rev 7/2003] for $18.00
Viking Portable Library 7½x4½ hardcover [6/85] out of print/used
includes stories by Babel, Bunin, Chekhov, Gorky, Nabokov, Solzhenitsyn, Voinovich, and Zamyatin; excerpts from Andrei Bely's "Petersburg", Mikhail Bulgakov's "The Master and Margarita", Boris Pasternak's "Dr. Zhivago", and Sasha Solokov's "A School For Fools"; the complete text of Yuri Olesha's 1927 masterpiece "Envy"; and poetry by Anna Akhmatova, Alexander Blok, and Osip Mandelstam

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author & playwright Mikhail A. Bulgakov [1891–1940]
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0119888/

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writer Anton Pavlovich Chekhov [1860-1904]

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writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky [1821-81]

BLUE CHECK: listed #66 on U.K. Telegraph Best 100 Novels (8/2014)   GREEN CHECK: listed #100 on Goodread Readers Picks '100 Books To Read In A Lifetime'  GOLD STAR: listed on Business Insider's The 35 Books Everyone Should Read At Least Once In Their Lifetime, 9/2013  "Crime and Punishment" [1866] by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
GREEN CHECK: listed #93 on Goodread Readers Picks '100 Books To Read In A Lifetime'  GOLD STAR: listed on Business Insider's The 35 Books Everyone Should Read At Least Once In Their Lifetime, 9/2013  "The Brothers Karamazov" [1880] by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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author Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol [1809-1852]

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author Count Lyev Nikolayevich 'Leo' Tolstoy [1828-1910]

BLUE CHECK: listed #3 on U.K. Telegraph Best 100 Novels (8/2014)  GREEN CHECK: listed #56 on Goodread Readers Picks '100 Books To Read In A Lifetime'  "Anna Karenina" [1878] by Leo Tolstoy [1828-1910]
author entry at Wikipedianovel entry at Wikipedia

"Give War and Peace A Chance: Tolstoyan Wisdom For Troubled Times" [] by Andrew D. Kaufman
Simon & Schuster, $25 hardcover, 9781451644708


Actors of Russia

Actors of Asia   •   Actors of Canada   •   Actors of China   •   Actors of France
Actors of Germany   •   Actors of India   •   Actors of Italy   •   Actors of Japan
Actors of Mexico   •   Actors of Spain   •   Other Foreign Actors

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actress Chulpan Khamatova
official website {in Cyrillic}IMDb listingWikipedia

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Silent-Era actress Vera Kholodnaya [1893-1919]
IMDb listingWikipedia

"Slave To Love" biopic [Russia 1975] by Nikita Mikhalkov
"Island of The Dead" documentary [1992] by Oleg Kovalov

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actress Olga Kurylenko
Bond Girl in "Quantum of Solace"

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actress Agniya Kuznetsova
IMDb listingWikipedia {empty}

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Silent Era actor Ivan Mozzhukhin
IMDb listing [80+ credits, 1911-36]Wikipedia {empty}

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veteran Soviet actor Viktor Sergachev
IMDb listingWikipedia {empty}


Selected  Films
from  Russia  &  about  Russia

{ in alphabetical order }
The Soviet Union's films received 2 Best Foreign Language Oscar® wins {thru 1991},
and Russia has since received 1 Best Foreign Language Oscar® win,
among 14 Best Foreign Film nominations (one for Russian Georgia).
Wikipedia's lists of Russia's and Soviet Russia's submissions for Oscar consideration

Selected movies of:  Asia   •   Canada   •   China   •   France   •   Germany
India   •   Italy   •   Japan   •   Mexico   •   Spain

browse European Cinema / Russia on DVD {returns 200+ titles} at Amazon

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"Masters of Russian Animation" [1998 & 2000]
Masters of Russian Animation on 5 disks  
Masters of Russian Animation on 5 disks  
'as seen on Bravo and the Independent Film Channel'; in Russian with English subtitles
Volume 1, 1962-68: includes 10 animated short films from Russia — "Story of One Crime" [1962] by Fyodor Khitruk; "Man In A Frame" [1966] by Fyodor Khitruk; "My Green Crocodile" [1966] by Vadim Kurchevsky; "There Lived Kozyavin" [1966] by Andrei Khrjanovsky; "Mountain of Dinosaurs" [1967] by Rasa Strautmane; "Passions of Spies" [1967] by Yefem Gamburg; "Glass Harmonica" [1968] by Andrei Khrjanovsky; "Ball of Yarn" [1968] by Nikolai Serebryakov; "Singing Teacher" [1968] by Anatoly Petrov; and "Film Film Film" [1968] by Fyodor Khitruk
Films By Jove/Image Ent. color DVD [4/2000] out of prodn/used
Volume 2, 1969-78: includes 12 animated short films from Russia — "Seasons" [1969] by I. Ivanov-Vano; "Ballerina On A Boat" [1969] by L. Atama-nov; "Armoire" [1970] by A. Khrjanovsky; "Battle of Kerjenets" [1971] by I. Ivanov-Vano & Yuri Norstein; "Butterfly" [1972] by A. Khrjanovsky; "Island " [1973] by Fyodor Khitruk; "Fox and Rabbit" [1973] by Y. Norstein; "Heron and Crane" [1974] by Y. Norstein; "Hedgehog In The Fog"
[1975] by Y. Norstein; "Crane's Feathers" [1977] by I. Garanina; "Firing Range" [1975] by A. Petrov; and "Contact" [1978] by Vladimir Tarasov

Films By Jove/Image Ent. color DVD [5/2000] out of prodn/used
Volume 3, 1979-85: includes 11 animated short films from Russia — "Tale of Tales", "Hunt", "Cabaret", "Last Hunt", "There Was A Dog", "Travels of An Ant", "Lion and Bull", "Wolf and Calf", "Old Stair", "King's Sandwich", and "About Sidorov Vova"
Films By Jove/Image Ent. color DVD [8/2000] out of prodn/used
Volume 4, 1986-90: includes 12 animated short films from Russia — "Door" [1986] by Nina Shorina; "Boy is A Boy" [1986] by Natasha Golovanova; "Liberated Don Quixote" [1987] by Vadim Kurchevsky; "Martynko" [1987] by Eduard Nazarov; "Big Under-ground Ball" [1987] by Stanislav Soko-lov; "Dream" [1988] by Nina Shorina; "Cat and Clown" [1988] by Natasha Golovanova; "Kele" [1988] by Mikhail Aldashin & Peep Pedmanson; "Alter Ego" [1989] by Nina Shorina; "Girlfriend" [1989] by Yelena Gavrilko; "Croak x Croak" [1990] by Yelena Fedorova; and "Cat and Company" [1990] by Alexander Guriev [YouTube 9:44]
Films By Jove/Image Ent. color DVD [12/2000] for $39.99
Volume 5, Children's Collection: animated short films from Russia, released on VHS in 1998
Films By Jove/First Look Home Ent color VHS [1998] for $14.97

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"Early Russian Cinema" in Ten Volumes [Milestone Film & Video 2010]
Milestone Film & Video Early Russian Cinema 10-volume box set  
  
  
  
  
Milestone Cinematheque b&w DVD-R box set [2010] for $225.00 from producer {or maybe $100}
Volumes 1 & 2: Beginnings, 1908-1911 and Folklore & Legend, 1908-1912 [2012]
includes six short films: Goncharov's "Sten’ka Razin" short [Oct 1908], the first Russian narrative film; "Russian Wedding" short [April 1909] adapted & directed by Vasili Goncharov; Pushkin’s "Rusalka" [March 1910] adapted & directed by Vasili Goncharov; "Princess Tarakanova" short [Nov 1910]; Chekhov's "Romance With A Double Bass" short [Nov 1911]; and Pushkin’s "The Brigand Brothers" short [1912] adapted & directed by Vasili Goncharov
Milestone Cinematheque b&w DVD-R [2012] for $24.95
Volume Three: Ladislaw Starewicz’s Fantasies, 1913-1915 [2012]
includes three short films: Krylov's "The Dragonfly and The Ant" animated short [Feb 1913]; Gogol's "Christmas Eve" [Dec 1913]; and "Liliya Belgii (Lily of Belgium)" animated short [1915]
Milestone Cinematheque b&w DVD-R [2012] for $24.95
Volume Four: Provincial Variations, 1912-1913 [2010]
includes two films: "Den Venchaniya (The Wedding Day)" short [1912] and "Merchant Bashkirov’s Daughter" {aka "Drama On The Volga"} featurette [Nov 1913] by Nikolai Larin
Milestone Cinematheque b&w DVD-R [2010] for $21.96
Volume Five: Pyotr Chardynin’s Pushkin, 1910-1913 [2012]
includes two films: "Pikovaya Dama (The Queen of Spades)" short [Nov 1910] and "Domik v Kolomne (The House In Kolomna)" short [Oct 1913]
Milestone Cinematheque b&w DVD-R [2012] for $24.95
Volume Six: Class Distinctions, 1912-1914 [2012]
includes two films: "Krestyanskaya Dolya (The Peasant's Lot)" short [Nov 1912] directed by Vasili Goncharov and "Nemye Svideteli (Silent Witnesses)" feature film [April 1914] directed by 'the incredible Evgeni Bauer'
Milestone Cinematheque b&w DVD-R [2012] for $24.95
Volume Seven: Evgeni Bauer, 1914-1915 [2012]
includes three films directed by Yevgeni Bauer [1865-1917]: "Ditya bolshogo goroda (Child of The Big City)" featurette [March 1914]; "Tysyacha Vtoraya Khitrost (The 1002nd Ruse)" short [May 1915]; and "Gryozy (Daydreams)" featurette [Oct 1915] regarded by many as Bauer's surviving masterpiece
Milestone Cinematheque b&w DVD-R [2012] for $24.95
Volume Eight: Iakov Protazanov, 1912-1916 [2012]
includes two films directed by Yakov Protazanov [1881-1945]: "Ukhod Velikago Startso (The Departure of A Grand Old Man)" aka "Zhizn’ L.N. Tolstogo (The Life of L.N. Tolstoy)" [1912]; and "Pikovaia Dama (Pushkin's The Queen of Spades)" feature film [April 1916]
Milestone Cinematheque b&w DVD-R [2012] for $86.64 {sic}
Volume Nine: High Society, 1916-1919 [2012]
"Antosia Zgubil Gorset (Antosha Ruined By A Corset)" short [Jan 1916], one of 24 Antosha shorts made by the Czech-born comic actor Antoni Fertner [1874-1959]; and "Zhizn za zhizn (A Life for A Life)" aka "Her Sister's Rival" feature film [May 1916] adapted & directed by Yevgeni Bauer [1865-1917]
Milestone Cinematheque b&w DVD-R [2012] for $24.95
Volume Ten: The End of an Era [1917]
includes three films "The Revolutionary" short [April 1917] directed by Yevgeni Bauer [1865-1917], written by & starring Ivan Perestiani; "Za Schastem (For Luck)" featurette [Sept 1917] directed by Yevgeni Bauer [1865-1917]; and "Kulisy Ekrana (Behind The Screen)", a fragment of the major two-part film "A Life Destroyed By Pitiless Fate" [Nov 1917 ] co-written & co-directed by Georg Asagaroff & Alexandre Volkoff
Milestone Cinematheque b&w DVD-R [2012] for $24.95

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"Landmarks of Early Soviet Film" DVD Box Set [2011]
'Landmarks of Early Soviet Film' DVD box set  contains 8 b&w silent films on 4 disks totaling 10 hours run time: Lev Kuleshov's "The Extraordinary Adventures of Mr. West in the Land of the Bolsheviks" [1924]; Dziga Vertov's highly experimental "Shagay, Sovet! (Stride, Soviet)" [1926]; Lev Kuleshov's "Po Zakonu (By The Law)" [Dec 1926], a tense drama set in Alaska based upon a short story by Jack London; Esther Shub's "Fall of The Romanov Dynasty" [1927], culled from pre-Soviet Russian newsreels gathered from Europe and America (with full-screen English intertitles); Boris Barnet's "Dom na Trubnoy (The House On Trubnaya)" [1928], often described as the best Soviet silent comedy ever; Sergei M. Eisenstein's seldom seen last silent "Old and New (Staroye i Novoye)" [May 1929]; Viktor Turin's "Turksib" [Oct 1929] about the building of the Turkestan-Siberian Railway (with full-screen English intertitles); Mikhail Kalatozov's "Marili Svanets (Salt For Svanetia)" (1930), which explores the Ushkul tribe, still living in a stone-age culture; six films are presented with original Russian intertitles and English subtitles; all have new musical scores by Robert Israel, Eric Beheim, Alexander Rannie, or Zoran Borisavljevic
Flicker Alley b&w DVD [9/2011] for $52.69

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"A Chef In Love" [Russian Georgia 1996]
Nana Dzhordzhadze BEST FOREIGN FILM OSCAR NOM

"The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson"
[Soviet Russia 1979-1986]
Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson from Russian TV  Soviet television produced a series of five TV films between 1979 and 1986 about 'Tserloka Xolmsa i Doktora Vatsona' at the Lenfilm movie studio; the series was split into eleven episodes and starred Vasily Livanov as Holmes and Vitaly Solomin as Watson
color all-region DVDs with English subtitles [undated] 6 disks - out of prodn/import/used
Russian TV series page at Sherlock Holmes Society

see also the Sherlock Holmes Film Festival at BlackHat Mystery Bookstore

"Aelita, The Queen of Mars" silent film [Soviet Russia 1924]
Russian movie poster for 1924 'Aelita' (red)  Russian movie poster for 1924 'Aelita' - art by Borisov  

Aelita 1923 novel by Alexei Tolstoy  

Hailed as the first Soviet science-fiction feature film, famous for its extraordinary sets and costumes; based on the novel by Aleksei Tolstoy, music written by Dmitri Shostakovich. Benjamin De Casseres replaced the intertitles in English and edited the film for re-release North America in 1929 as "Aelita: Revolt of The Robots". The film fell into disfavor in the Soviet Union and was seldom seen after the 1930s • A Russian engineer slips into fantasies of a trip by rocket to Mars, where the daughter of the ruler falls for him, her father expels them, and the Russians explain revolution to the peasants, who then topple the existing government in favor of rule by Aelita • Produced at Mezh-rabpom-Rus; directed by Yakov Protazanov; adapted by Aleksei Fajko & Fyodor Otsep; starring Yuliya Solnetseva {as Aelita), Nikolai Tsereteli, Valentina Kuindzhi, Nikolay Batalov, Konstantin Eggert, Yuri Zavadsky, Pavel Pol, Aleksandra Peregonets, Igor Ilyinsky, Vera Orlova, Sofya Levitina, Varvara Massalitinova, Mikhail Zharov, Iosif Tolchanov, Tamara Adelgeym, Vladimir Uralskiy, N. Tretyakova & Galina Kravchenko (cameo)
Blackhawk/Flicker Alley b&w DVD [4/2015] for $19.95
Image Ent. b&w DVD [3/2012] out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
watch full movie, no music [2/2014 upload; 1:51:31] FREE online at Internet Archive

"Aelita: or, The Decline of Mars" [1923 novel] by Alexei Nikolayevich Tolstoy
Fredonia Books 8x5 pb [7/2001] out of print/used
Raduga Publrs, Moscow English-language mass pb [10/96] out of print/used
Ardis 9x6½ hardcover [12/85] out of print/used
Macmillan Russian-language reader 9x6½ hardcover [5/81] out of print/used

"Alexander Nevsky"  [Mosfilm/Russia Nov 1938]
Alexandr Nevskiy 1938 poster  True epic tale of a XIIIth Century Russian prince who rallied the people to form a ragtag army and repel Teutonic invaders at Novgorod • Co-written & co-directed by Sergei M. Eisenstein [1898-1948]; co-directed by Dmitri Vasilyev; co-written by Pyotr Pavlenko; music by Sergei Prokofiev; starring Nikolai Cherkasov, Nikolai Okhlopkov & Andrei Abrikosov
Image Ent. subtitled b&w DVD [10/98] for $21.99
Kultur Video subtitled b&w VHS [6/95] out of prodn/used
Soundtrack Factory soundtrack CD by Sergei Prokofiev [10/2000] for $11.99
full credits from IMDbfilm entry at Wikipedia

"Andrei Rublev" [Russia]
http://www.amazon.com/Andrei-Rublev-Criterion-Collection-Spine/dp/6305257450/

"Animated Soviet Propaganda" DVD Box Set [1997]
Animated Soviet Propaganda 4-disk DVD box set  full title: "Animated Soviet Propaganda: From The October Revolution To Perestroika"
Kino Video DVD set [6/97] six hours on 4 disks for $80.99
contains 41 b&w & color Russian-language short films – DISK 1 American Imperialists: "Ave Maria" [1972], "Black and White" [1933] with Paul Robeson, "The Millionaire" [1963], "Mister Twister" [1963], "Mr. Volk" [1949], "Shooting Range" [1979] by Vladimir Tarasov, and "Someone Else's Voice" [1949] by Ivan Ivanov-Vano; DISK 2 Fascist Barbarians: "A Lesson Not Learned" [1971], "The Adventures of The Young Pioneers" [1971], "Attention! Wolves!" [1970], "Fascist Boots (Shall Not Trample Our Motherland)" [1941], "Kino Circus" [1942], "The Pioneer's Violin" [1971], Political Satire (four Anti-Hitler newsreels) [1941], "Tale of A Toy" [1984], "To You, Moscow" [1947], "Vasilyok" [1973], "The Vultures" [1941], and "We Can Do It" [1970]; DISK 3 CapitalistSharks: “China In Flames" [1925], “Interplanetary Revolution" [1924], “Prophets and Lessons" [1967],
“Proud Little Ship" [1966], “The Shareholder" [1963], and “We’ll Keep Our Eyes Peeled" [1927]; DISK 4 Onward To The Shining Future: “A Hot Stone" [1925], “Forward March, Time!" [1977], “Join The Cooperative" [1925], “Lenin's Kino Pravda" [1924], “The Music Box" [1933], “Plus Electrification" [1972], “Samoyed Boy" [1928], “Songs of The Years of Fire" [1971], “Soviet Toys” [1924] directed by Dziga Vertov, “Victorious Destination" [1939], and “War Chronicles" [1939]
trailer for "Animated Soviet Propaganda" [3/2006 upload; 2:19] on YouTube

"Anna Karenina" [1935] /tt0026071/
starring Greta Garbo, Fredric March, Freddie Bartholomew

"Anna Karenina" [1948] /tt0040098/
Produced by Alexander Korda; starring Vivien Leigh, Ralph Richardson

"Anna Karenina" [Focus Features Nov 2012]
Anna Karenina 2012 movie poster  Lavish 130-minute look at Russian aristocracy circa 1870s, a stirringly epic story of love; directed by Joe Wright from Academy Award winner Tom Stoppard's bold adaptation of Tolstoy's 1878 novel; starring Keira Knightley, Matthew Macfadyen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson & Jude Law
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available • full credits at IMDbofficial movie site

"The Battleship Potemkin"
aka "Bronenosets Potyomkin 1905"

[Russia/Goskino Dec 1925; reissued 1950]
Battleship Potemkin original poster  Based on the historical Odessa revolt of 1905; sailors aboard the battleship Potemkin refuse to eat rancid meat and the admiral orders them shot; the sailors mutiny and kill the officers; the citizens of Odessa rally behind the sailors; cossacks arrive and slaughter the unarmed citizens on the harbor steps (famous sequence) and then the Russian navy destroys the Potemkin.
Co-written, directed & edited by Sergei M. Eisenstein [1898-1948]; starring Aleksandr Antonov
Kino Video b&w Blu-ray [4/2010] for $25.99
Image Ent. b&w DVD [10/98] for $23.49
Delta b&w DVD [3/2004] out of prodn/used
Hollywood Select Video b&w VHS [8/97] out of prodn/used
Soundtrack Factory Edmund Meisel soundtrack CD [9/2000] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
movie poster art print {4 sizes} available at AllPosters.com
Eisenstein's Potemkin Shot-By-Shot  
"Sergei M. Eisenstein's Potemkin: A Shot-By-Shot Presentation" [1972]
by David Mayer

Da Capo Press 8x5½ pb [1/2001] for $16.95
Viking hardcover [2/72] out of print/used

entry about the film at Wikipedia

Battleship Potemkin Film Companion  "The Battleship Potemkin: The Film Companion" [1988]
by Richard Taylor

I.B. Tauris 8½x5½ pb [3/2001] for $21.95

"Battleship Potemkin" script [1984] critical text by Andrew Sinclair
Faber & Faber 8¾x5½ pb [8/88] out of print/used

"The Brothers Karamazov" [Soviet Union 1969]
BEST FOREIGN FILM OSCAR NOM

"Burnt By The Sun"
aka "Utomlyonnye Solntsem"
[Russia 1994]
by Nikita Mikhalkov; won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film
http://www.amazon.com/Burnt-Sun-Film-Companion-KINOfile/dp/1860643965/

"By The Law (Po Zakonu)" [Dec 1926]
Lev Kuleshov's tense drama set in Alaska based upon a short story by Jack London

"Close To Eden" [Russia 1992] Nikita Mikhalkov
BEST FOREIGN FILM OSCAR NOM

"The Cold Summer of 1953" [Mosfilm 1987]
Directed by Aleksandr Proshkin /tt0095441/

"The Commissar (Komissar)" [Goskino 1967 & 1988]
Russian poster for Aleksandr Askoldov's 'Komissar' movie  poster for Aleksandr Askoldov's 1988 release of 'The Commissar'  Film was deemed non-Soviet and suppressed by the K.G.B. for twenty years, and the director was exiled from Moscow and forbidden to make films; story has a female Red Army officer sidetracked due to pregnancy; she stays with a Jewish family in Berdichev, Ukraine and is softened somewhat by family life. (The original short story was highly-praised by Maxim Gorky.) • Adapted & directed by Aleksandr Askoldov, based on a short story by Vasiliy Grossman; starring Nonna Mordyukova, Rolan Bykov, Raisa Nedashkovskaya, Lyudmila Volynskaya, Vasiliy Shukshin, Lyubov Kats, Pavel Levin, Dmitri Kleyman, Marta Bratkova, Igor Fishman, Sergey Nikonenko, Otar Koberidze, Viktor Shakhov
Kino Lorber Films widescreen b&w DVD [3/2007] 2 disks for $21.87
Kino Video widescreen b&w VHS [6/2000] out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
watch full movie - ads, no subtitles [12/2016 upload; 1:43:56] online at YouTube

"The Cranes Are Flying" aka "Letyat zhuravli"
[Russia Oct 1957, USA March 1960]
The Cranes Are Flying 1957 Russian movie  The first post-Stalin film to address the reality of World War II in Russia; young Boris volunteers for the army, then dies heroically, but is listed as missing in action; his family takes in his fiancé Veronika, who is raped by and forced to marry his brother, Mark; the father finds out that Mark got out of the draft by bribing an official, and bans the boy, allowing Veronika to stay; the man Boris saved visits the family to thank them, but Veronika refuses to believe that Boris is dead; when the victorious troops return home, Boris's best friend confirms that Boris died a hero, followed by several uplifting speeches. Produced & directed by Mikhail Kalatozov; written by Viktor Rozov, based on his stageplay; starring Tatyana Samojlova, Aleksey Batalov, Vasili Merkuryev, Aleksandr Shvorin, Svetlana Kharitonova, Konstantin Nikitin & Valentin Zubkov; won Golden Palm at Cannes Film Festival
Criterion b&w DVD [4/2002] for $26.99
Connoisseur Video b&w VHS [10/92] out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
Cranes Are Flying Film Companion book by Josephine Woll  
"The Cranes Are Flying: The Film Companion" [2003]
by Josephine Woll

I.B. Tauris 8¾x5½ pb [9/2003] for $24.50

"The Dawns Here Are Quiet" [Soviet Union 1972]
Stanislav Rostotsky BEST FOREIGN FILM OSCAR NOM

"The Death of Stalin" comedy film [eOne/Gaumont/I.F.C. Oct 2017]  10/2017
The Death of Stalin 2017 comedy film  'A Comedy of Terrors!' • In the days following Stalin's sudden collapse, his core team of ministers tussle for control; some want positive change in the Soviet Union, others have more sinister motives. Their one common trait? They're all just desperately trying to remain alive. • Co-written & directed by Armando Iannucci; co-written by David Schneider, Ian Martin, Peter Fellows & Fabien Nury, based on the comic book by Fabien Nury & Thierry Robin; starring Jason Isaacs {as Georgy Zhukov}, Steve Buscemi {as Nikita Khrushchev}, Jeffrey Tambor {as Georgy Malenkov}, Michael Palin {as Vyacheslav Molotov}, Simon Russell Beale {as Lavrentiy Beria}, Adrian McLoughlin {as Joseph Stalin}, Gerald Lepkowski {as Leonid Brezhnev}, Paul Chahidi {as Nicolai Bulganin}, Paul Whitehouse {as Anastas Mikoyan}, Andrea Riseborough, Olga Kurylenko, Rupert Friend, Richard Brake, Paddy Considine, Paul Ready, Diana Quick, Jonathan Aris, Nicholas Woodeson, Roger Ashton-Griffiths, Justin Edwards, Tom Brooke, Sylvestra Le Touzel, Dermot Crowley, Karl Johnson, Jonny Phillips, Cara Horgan, Gumuliauskas Vaclovas, Andy Gathergood, Eva Sayer, Adam Shaw, June Watson, Nicholas Sidi, David Crow, Elaine Claxton, Eloise Henwood, Henry Helm, Daniel Booroff, Daniel Tuite, Jag Patel, Ewan Bailey, Sheng-Chien Tsai, Emilio Iannucci, Derek Barr, James Barriscale, Tim Steed, Ellen Evans, Cedric Tylleman, Matt Townsend, Daniel Fearn, Dardan Kolicaj, Ricky Gabbriellini, Gary Kiely, Attila G. Kerekes, Adam Ewan, Michael Ballard, Miroslav Zaruba, Steve Saunders, Glenn Doherty, Ashley Hudson, Kristopher Vick, Sternkiker François, Claire Ashton, Phil Deguara, Christopher Marsh, Yordan Krushkov, Robin George, Dean Williams, Alex Delescu, Jason Grangier, Zac Whitehead, Alan Mathis, Adam Sef, Daniel Tatarsky, Esmee Rowlinson
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available •
full credits at IMDbofficial movie sitemovie entry at Wikipedia
watch 8/2017 official trailer [2:27] at YouTube

won Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film (a film of Russia)  "Dersu Uzala"  [Soviet Union 1975]
Co-written & directed by Akira Kurosawa; based on the novel by Vladimir Arseniev;
won Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film (a film of Russia)
full credits from IMDb

"Dr. Zhivago" [1965]
Blu-ray = B001TOCCRU

"The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, The CIA, and The Battle Over A Forbidden Book" []
by Petra Couvee & Peter Finn - Pantheon 9780307908001

Lara - The Untold Love Story book by Anna Pasternak  "Lara: The Untold Love Story and the Inspiration for Doctor Zhivago" [2017]
by Anna Pasternak

Kindle Edition from Ecco Press/HarperCollins [1/2017] for $14.99
Ecco Press 9x6 hardcover [1/2017] for $14.63

"Exile In Buyukada" [indep 2000]
Exile In Buyukada documentary about Leon Trotsky  A little Russian history: A 72-minute visually-poetic documentary treatment of Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky’s exiled years living in and near Constantinople, Turkey (1929-33) • Directed by Turan Yavuz; narrated by Vanessa Redgrave, starring Viktor Sergachev & Isik Yenersu

<Pathfinder Home Ent. color DVD [10/2002] for $26.99
Pathfinder Home Ent. color VHS [10/2002] for $29.98
credits at IMDb

"The Extraordinary Adventures of Mr. West In The Land of The Bolsheviks" [1924] by Lev Kuleshov

"Fall of The Romanov Dynasty" [1927]

"Hard To Be A God (Trudno Byt Bogom)" []
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hard_to_Be_a_God
http://www.amazon.com/Hard-Be-God-Rediscovered-Classics-ebook/dp/B00K4JX2FM/
http://www.amazon.com/Hard-Be-God-Rediscovered-Classics/dp/1613748280/
http://www.amazon.com/Hard-Be-God-Arkadi-Strugatski/dp/087997141X/

"It Is Not Easy To Be A God" feature film [Germany Jan 1990]
("Es ist Nicht Leicht ein Gott zu Sein")
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hard_to_Be_a_God_(1989_film)

"Hard To Be A God" feature film [Russia Feb 2014]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hard_to_Be_a_God_(2013_film)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2328813/
http://www.kinolorber.com/film.php?id=1918
When legendary Russian auteur Aleksei German died in 2013, he left this extraordinary nearly-finished final film, a phantasmagoric adaptation of the revered sci-fi novel by the Strugatsky brothers; the project began percolating in German's consciousness in the mid-1960s, and actively consumed him for the last 15 years of his life; happily, he brought the film close enough to completion for his wife & son to apply the finishing touches.

"Hipsters (Stilyagi)" musical feature
[Russia Dec 2008, USA Oct 2011]
Hipsters / Stilyagi musical feature film from Russia  A candy-colored musical set in 1955 Moscow at the height of the Cold War. Communist youth group member Mels falls in love with Polly, a part of the Hipsters crowd, and he soon becomes immersed in the Hipster scene of swing dancing, smoky nightclubs, hot jazz, pompadours, and poodle skirts. In Russian with English subtitles. Co-produced, co-written & directed by Valeriy Todorovskiy; starring Anton Shagin, Oksana Akinshina, Igor Voynarovskiy & Ekaterina Vilkova; won 4 Russian Golden Eagle Awards, won 4 Russian Nika Awards
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available • full credits at IMDbofficial movie site

"The House On Trubnaya (Dom na Trubnoy)" [Russia 1928]
by Boris Barnet; often described as the best Soviet silent comedy ever

"Kosmicheskii Reis" [Mosfilm Jan 1936]
also known as "Cosmic Voyage", "Space Voyage", and "Cosmic Journey"
2-sheet poster for 'Kosmicheskii Reis' 1936 Russian scifi movie  Silent film with Russian/Cyrillic text & intertitles, English subtitles; a scientist becomes impatient with the bureaucrats at the Russian Space Institute, so he builds his own rocket spacecraft and takes a woman scientist and a boy with him to the Moon . . . • Directed by Vasily Zhuravlyov; written by Aleksandr Filimonov, based on a novel by scientist Konstantin Tsiolkovsky (who is credited as 'technical advisor/consultant'); starring Sergey Komarov, K. Moskalenko, Vassili Gaponenko, Nikolay Feoktistov, Vasili Kovrigin, Andrey Karasyov, Sergei Stolyarov
Video Dimensions b&w DVD [9/2011] for $15.95
full credits at IMDbwatch full movie [1/2016 upload; 1:05:14] online at YouTube

"Kravchenko’s Trial" [2008] /tt1536458/
52-minute documentary on the Paris, France libel trial of January 1949 by Soviet defector
Victor Kravchenko versus the French communist weekly Les Lettres Françaises

"Man With The Movie Camera"
[Soviet silent Jan 1929, USA May 1929]
Dziga Vertov's Man With The Movie Camera silent feature  "a dazzling and sophisticated ... experiment in the language of pure cinema"
Written & directed by Dziga Vertov; modern musical score by the Alloy
Orchestra; listed on Time Magazine's All-TIME 100 Movies (5/2005)
Image Ent. b&w silent DVD [2/2002] for $22.99
Kino Video b&w silent VHS [11/2001] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb
The Man With the Movie Camera Film Companion book by Graham Roberts   "The Man With The Movie Camera: The Film Companion" [2001]
by Graham Roberts

I.B. Tauris 8½x5¼ pb [3/2001] for $24.50

"Maugli / Adventures of Mowgli" animated feature [Soviet Union 1967]
possible book cover for 'R. Kipling Adventures of Maugli' from Russia  First release in five parts, roughly 20 minutes each; 1973 re-edited feature release runs 96 minutes; the English-language version was released direct-to-video in 1996, shortened to 80 minutes • Directed by Roman Davydov; written by Leonid Belokurov, based on Kipling's "The Jungle Books" stories; English narration by Charlton Heston; English version featuring voices of Ian James Corlett {as Mowgli}, Don Brown, Dana Delany, Campbell Lane, Scott McNeil, Pauline Newstone, Cathy Weseluck, Alec Willows, Sam Elliott; Russian version featuring voices of Lyudmila Kasatkina, Yuriy Khrzhanovskiy, Lev Lyubetskiy, Stepan Bubnov, Sergey Martinson, Aleksandr Nazarov, Lyusyena Ovchinnikova, Anatoliy Papanov, Yuriy Puzyryov, Valerie Milenka Repnau, Vladimir Ushakov, Oleg Vidov • full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
80-minute V.E.I. English-language color DVD [6/2007] for $12.00
Mosfilm Russian-language all-region color Blu-ray [undated] for $14.99
watch full Cyrillic/Russian movie [4/2011 upload; 1:35:37] online at YouTube

"The Mirror" [Russia]
http://www.amazon.com/Mirror-Margarita-Terekhova/dp/6305744114/

"Miss Mend" silent serial  [Russia Oct 1926]
original Russian poster for "Miss Mend" 1926 silent serial  Described as a serial, this silent film was released in three parts, running over 4 hours. The DVD is digitally-restored, with English titles, and new music by Robert Israel; extras on DVD include a booklet, a 25-minute docufilm & a 15-minute docufilm on the music recording sessions • An attempt to merge fast-paced Hollywood-style action with Soviet political ideology & German expresionism; based on a 1923 pulp novel by Marietta Shaginian. A secretary at an American-owned factory gets involved in a workers' strike, three newspaper men arrive to cover the events, and the four team up to prevent the nasty capitalist owner from unleashing germ warfare against Russia. • Co-written & co-directed by Fyodor Otsep & Boris Barnet; co-written by Vasili Sakhnovsky; starring Natalya Glan, Boris Barnet, Igor Ilyinsky, Vladimir Fogel, Sergei Komarov, Ivan Koval-Samborsky & Natalya Rozenel
Flicker Alley b&w DVD [12/2009] 2 disks for $39.95
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

more serials on the Magic Lantern's Silent & Sound Movie Serials Page

"Moscow Does Not Believe In Tears" (Moskva slezam ne verit)
[Soviet Union 1980]
by Vladimir Menshov; won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film
http://www.amazon.com/Moscow-Does-Not-Believe-Tears/dp/B00019G4TQ/

"Mother, 1905"
[Russia Oct 1926, USA May 1934 silent]
Mother, 1905 Russian silent film directed by Vsevolod Pudovkin  "Stunning!" per David Denby, New Yorker Magazine film critic
Film version of Gorky's classic novel of the failed 1905 Revolution; film restored in 1968, with new music. The title character's son joins a workers' strike, and her brutish husband joins the loyalist group arming to stop any such revolutionary activity; over time, the mother becomes more aware of the reasons for the workers' stand against the oppressors and joins the revolution herself. Directed by Vsevolod Pudovkin; written by Nathan Zarkhi, based on the 1907 novel by Maxim Gorky [1868-1936]; starring Vera Baranovskaya, Nikolai Batalov, Aleksandr Chistyakov & Anna Zemtsova
Image Ent. b&w DVD [1/99] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb

"My Perestroika" documentary film
[Red Square Prodns festival circuit Jan 2010]
My Perestroika documentary film from Russia  The filmmaker documents five of her friends who were raised inside the
Soviet Union before the changes of 1990-91, and how each adjusted
to post-Soviet reality.
• Co-produced & directed by Robin Hessman
Docurama color DVD [5/2012] for $19.15
full credits at IMDbofficial movie site

"Old and New (Staroye i Novoye)" [May 1929]
Sergei M. Eisenstein's seldom seen last silent feature

"One Day In The Life of Ivan Denisovich"
[Norsk Film/Horizon Intl. May 1971]
based on Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's 1962 novella • full credits from IMDb

"Prisoner of The Mountains" [Russia 1996]
Sergei Bodrov BEST FOREIGN FILM OSCAR NOM

"Private Life" [Soviet Union 1982]
Yuli Raizman BEST FOREIGN FILM OSCAR NOM

"Quiet Flows The Don" []
starring Pyotr Glebov, Elina Bystritskaya, Zinaida Kiriyenko
http://www.amazon.com/Quiet-Flows-Don-Pyotr-Glebov/dp/B000LV6OHQ/(DVD - 2007)

"Reds"  [Paramount Dec 1981]
      
Reds  
A radical combination of historical drama and actual history. The interspersed interviews with then-still-living witnesses to the story of American journalist and Bolshevik activist John Reed [1887-1920] give a resonance beyond any previous film about the Russian revolutionary era. Truly an epic film • Produced & co-written & directed by and starring Warren Beatty; also starring Diane Keaton, Jack Nicholson & Maureen Stapleton; filmed witnesses include Henry Miller & Will Durant; won Oscars for Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Supporting Actress; nominated for 9 more; won DGA, WGA, two BAFTA Awards
Paramount color DVD [10/2006] for $14.99
Paramount color VHS [1/2002] 2 tapes - out of prodn/used
BMG soundtrack CD [4/99] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb
Romantic Revolutionary biography of John Reed by Robert A. Rosenstone  "Romantic Revolutionary: A Biography of John Reed" [1975]
by Robert A. Rosenstone

Replica Books 9x6 hardcover [5/2001] out of print/used
Random House hardcover [6/75] out of print/many used

"The Russian Ark" [Russia]
http://www.amazon.com/Russian-Ark-Masterworks-Anna-Aleksakhina/dp/B00009NHAT/

"Salt For Svanetia (Marili Svanets)" (1930)
by Mikhail Kalatozov; explores the Ushkul tribe in the Caucasus region, still living in a stone-age culture

"Stalin By Those Who Knew Him" [1989]
http://www.amazon.com/Stalin-Those-Who-Knew-Him/dp/B000VS6Q54/

"Stride, Soviet (Shagay, Sovet!)" [1926]
Dziga Vertov's highly experimental documentary

"Strike" aka "Stachka"
[Soviet/Goskino April 1925 silent]
Eisenstein's Strike 1925 silent  During Czarist rule, workers at a railroad locomotive factory go on strike; as time drags on, excitement is replaced by hunger, management brings in provocateurs & police, and the military arrives to liquidate the workers. Co-written & directed by Sergei M. Eisenstein [1898-1948]; co-written & assistant-directed by & starring Grigori Aleksandrov
Kino Intl. remastered b&w silent Blu-ray [8/2011] for $21.99
Kino Intl. remastered b&w silent DVD [8/2011] for $18.99
Triad Prodns 'enhanced' b&w silent DVD-R [12/2008] for $13.95
Image Ent. b&w silent DVD [7/2000] out of prodn/used
Kino Video b&w VHS [6/2000] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

"Tchaikovsky" [Soviet Union 1971]
Igor Talankin BEST FOREIGN FILM OSCAR NOM

"October (Ten Days That Shook The World)" [1928] /tt0018217/

"Ten Days That Shook The World" [1967 TV] /tt1118510/

"The Thief" [Russia 1997] Pavel Chukhraj BEST FOREIGN FILM OSCAR NOM

"Turksib" [Vostokkino Russia Oct 1929]
'Turksib' 1929 Russian silent documentary film by Viktor A. Turin   'Turksib' is a common term for the 2,000-mile {3,200km}-long broad-gauge Turkestan-Siberia Railway, built between 1926 and 1931; filmmaker Viktor Alexandrovitsh Turin resisted the standard character-driven narrative and made a grand, elemental drama centered around the construction of the railway from the arid plains of Turkestan to the icy Siberian mountains and the struggle for survival in Asia; released in Russia and U.K. at 75 minutes length, in USA at 57 minutes • Directed by Viktor A. Turin & AD Yakov Aron; written by Yakov Aron, Aleksandr Macheret, Viktor Shklovsky & Viktor A. Turin • bare credits at IMDb
the 'dual format' DVD/Blu-ray package seems to be playable on both Region A/1 and Region B/2 machines; it contains a newly-remastered 1930 British version by John Grierson, plus several short British films showing the influence of "Turksib"
British Film Institute b&w DVD/Blu-ray combo [6/2013] for $16.99

"12" [Russia 2007] Nikita Mikhalkov BEST FOREIGN FILM OSCAR NOM

"Vinni-Pukh" aka "Winnie Pooh" [Soyuzmultfilm 1969]
11-minute Russian-language animated film; co-written & directed by Fyodor Khitruk; co-written by Boris Zakhoder;
narrated by Vladimir Osenev; voices of Evgeniy Leonov & Iya Savvina • credits at IMDb
watch cartoon with English subtitles [9:59] online at YouTube

"Winnie Pooh Goes Visiting" [Soyuzmultfilm 1971]
Russian title "Vinni-Pukh Idyot v Gosti"; 10-minute Russian-language animated film; co-written & directed by Fyodor Khitruk; co-written by Boris Zakhoder;
narrated by Vladimir Osenev; voices of Evgeniy Leonov, Iya Savvina & Anatoliy Shchukin • credits at IMDb
watch cartoon with English subtitles [9:56] online at YouTube

"Winnie Pooh and A Busy Day" (1972)
Russian title "Vinni-Pukh i den Zabot"; 21-minute Russian-language animated film; co-written & co-directed by Fyodor Khitruk; co-directed by Gennadiy Sokolskiy;
co-written by Boris Zakhoder; narrated by Vladimir Osenev; voices of Evgeniy Leonov, Iya Savvina, Erast Garin & Zinaida Naryshkina • credits at IMDb
watch cartoon [20:17] online at YouTube

Both of these online videos are Russian-language only, with no subtitles.
Long version one includes honey tree, visiting [at 10:21], and busy day [at 20:19]
watch full movie one [39:42] online at YouTube
Long version two includes honey tree, visiting [at 10:36], busy day [at 21:06], non-Pooh circus [at 41:28], non-Pooh 'Toptyzhka' [at 1:02]
watch full movie two [1:11:21] online at YouTube

Russian cartoon compilation on Blu-ray   "Soyuzmultfilm Cartoon Collection on Blu-ray" [Soviet Union 1965-1972]
five Russian-language short films totalling 74 minutes: "Toptyzhka" [1964]; "Boniface's Vocation (Kanikuly Bonifacija" [1965]; "Winnie Pooh (Vinni-Pukh)" [1969]; "Winnie Pooh Goes Visiting (Vinni-Pukh Idyot v Gosti)" [1971]; "Winnie Pooh and A Busy Day (Vinni-Pukh i den Zabot" [1972]Lizard Russian-language Blu-ray [undated] import / SOLD OUT

for books and more non-Disney and Disney films, visit
Spirit of America Bookstore's "Winnie The Pooh" Books & Movies Page

"The Volga Boatman" [1926 silent feature]
Directed by Cecil B. DeMille; starring Elinor Fair Boyd, Victor Varconi & William Boyd

"War and Peace"
aka "Voyna i Mir"
[Soviet Union 1968]
by Sergei Bondarchuk; won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film

"Wartime Romance" [Soviet Union 1984]
Pyotr Todorovsky BEST FOREIGN FILM OSCAR NOM

"We Live Again" [Sam Goldwyn/United Artists Nov 1934]
We Live Again movie  A Russian nobleman realizes that a woman being sentenced to Siberia is the servant girl that he wooed and abandoned in their youth • Directed by Rouben Mamoulian; script co-written by Preston Sturges, based on Leo Tolstoy's 1899 novel "Resurrection"; lovely cinematography by Gregg Toland; starring Fredric March, Anna Sten, Jane Baxter, C. Aubrey Smith, Sam Jaffe, Ethel Griffies, Gwendolyn Logan, Jessie Ralph, Leonid Kinskey, Dale Fuller, Morgan Wallace & Crauford Kent
M.G.M. b&w DVD [3/2005] for $12.99
full credits from IMDb

"White Bim Black Ear" [Soviet Union 1978]
Stanislav Rostotsky BEST FOREIGN FILM OSCAR NOM


Russia & Soviet  Cinema  Links
Cinema of Russia entry at Wikipedia
Cinema of The Soviet Union entry at Wikipedia
'Nika' Russian National Film Awards {Cyrillic only}

Foreign Films [dot] com
Complete Index To World Film
all-Cyrillic RVISION Soviet movies channel [est. 5/2013] on YouTube

Russian DVD website [est. 1998] - Cyrillic or English options


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