Kosmikino: Soviet Era Russian And Eastern European Science-Fiction, Fantasy And Horror Cinema

Fantastic and phantasmagorical science-fiction, fantasy, horror, fairy-tales, surreal cinema and television from Russia and the countries of Central and Eastern Europe during the 'Soviet' and 'Eastern Bloc' era of global geo-politics, covering the period of 1924-1991.

We are often given the impression that films like 'Stalker' and 'Solaris' are the few exceptions to the steady diet of communist 'propaganda', film and television makers were compelled to produce; yet the vast majority of these films are completely at odds with this belief.

This is an entire cinematic universe waiting to be discovered and it has hardly begun to be coherently mapped out in the English speaking world (though there are a number of books and articles on the net if you dig deep enough) and this is one basic attempt to gather some raw data:

Any recommendations via email are very much welcome, particularly the more obscure films and television programmes that have yet to be translated.

Likewise, if you are from one of these countries and are interested in helping to translate any of these films into English, please get in touch as many of these deserve a far wider audience than they currently enjoy.

I am more than happy to go through the process of translating and making subtitles and give you all the help my time will allow: so no experience is needed, just a lot of time, effort and love for these films.

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1.
Aelita: Queen of Mars (1924)
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This is called the first Soviet science fiction film because of its "futuristic" sets on Mars, although most of it takes place in Moscow... (111 mins.)
“ This is called the first Soviet science fiction film because of its "futuristic" sets on Mars, although most of it takes place in Moscow. The movie is set at the beginning of the NEP (New Economic Policy) in December, 1921. A mysterious radio message is beamed around the world, and among the engineers who receive it are Los, the hero, and his colleague Spiridonov. Los is an individualist dreamer. Aelita is the daughter of Tuskub, the ruler of a totalitarian state on Mars in which the working classe are put into cold storage when they are not needed. With a telescope, Aelita is able to watch Los. As if by telepathy, Los obsesses about being watched by her. After some hugger-mugger involving the murder of his wife and a pursuing detective, Los takes the identity of Spiridonov and builds a spaceship. With the revolutionary Gusev, he travels to Mars, but the Earthlings and Aelita are thrown into prison by the dictator. Gusev and Los begin a proletarian uprising, and Aelita offers to lead the revolution, but she then establishes her own totalitarian regime. Los is shocked by this development and attempts to stop Aelita, and then reality and fantasy become confused, and Los discovers what has really happened. Written by Fiona Kelleghan <fkelleghan@aol.com> ” - kosmikino
 
2.
'Hukkunud Alpinisti' hotell (1979)
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Police gets a call-out to a lonely hotel in the Alps. When an officer gets to the hotel everything seems to be alright. Suddenly an avalanche cuts them out from the rest of the world and strange things are going to happen. (80 mins.)
 
3.
Kometa (1984)
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(71 mins.)
 
4.
Lunnaya raduga (1983)
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After a strange incident, a group of russian space commandos starts developing supernatural powers. But how did they acquire such abilities and what is their intentions? (88 mins.)
 
5.
Visitor from the Future (1985 Mini-Series)
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A school boy finds a time machine and he helps Alisa, a scientist girl in the future, to save a mind-reading device from space pirates. Chased by the pirates and followed by Alisa he saves the device bringing it back to his own time. (65 mins.)
Director: Pavel Arsyonov
 
6.
Lilac Ball (1987)
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Alisa Seleznyova and her father professor Seleznyov are traveling in space. They meet their old friend archaeologist Gromozeka... (77 mins.)
Director: Pavel Arsyonov
 
7.
Begstvo mistera Mak-Kinli (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A science fiction fantasy about a guy who decides to escape into the future by the way of hibernation... (162 mins.)
 
8.
Cosmic Journey (1936)
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The science fiction film "Kosmicheskii Reis" was first shown in Soviet theaters in January 1936. Soviet... (70 mins.)
 
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10.
Ya byl sputnikom solntsa (1959)
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(66 mins.)
 
11.
Krakh inzhenera Garina (1973 Mini-Series)
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A Russian engineer Petr Garin possesses a unique beam-shooting weapon that can destroy any target. His... (247 mins.)
 
12.
Dr. Iven's Silence (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
(90 mins.)
 
13.
Bolshoe kosmicheskoe puteshestvie (1975)
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Three teens are selected for a space flight on the spacecraft Astra. The children are subjected to crises and breakdowns, they have to deal with all sort of problems in outer space. (66 mins.)
 
14.
Akvanavty (1979)
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(80 mins.)
 
15.
Konets vechnosti (1987)
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Based on the novel by Isaac Asimov.The End of Eternity is a science fiction film with mystery and thriller elements on the subjects of time travel and social engineering. (137 mins.)
Director: Andrei Yermash
 
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18.
Pilot Pirx's Inquest (1979)
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The movie is about "finite nonlinears," robots that closely resemble human beings but are even more perfect than humans... (95 mins.)
Director: Marek Piestrak
 
19.
Veld (1987)
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(78 mins.)
 
20.
Days of Eclipse (1988)
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(139 mins.)
 
21.
Whit Monday (1990)
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(117 mins.)
Director: Sergey Selyanov
 
23.
Andromeda Nebula (1967)
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A spaceship from Earth is trapped on the unknown planet. Based on book "Tumannost Andromedy" by Ivan Efremov. (77 mins.)
 
24.
Doroga k zvezdam (1958 Documentary)
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(52 mins.)
 
25.
Gibel sensatsii (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
In an unnamed English-speaking capitalist land, a young engineer invents inexhaustible giant robots... (85 mins.)
 
26.
The Golden Key (1939)
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The adventures of a wooden boy. (72 mins.)
 
27.
The Adventures of Buratino (1976 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Screen version of a very popular novel by A. Tolstoy. A wooden boy Buratino tries to find his place in life... (130 mins.)
Director: Leonid Nechaev
 
28.
Frosty (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A fairy-tale about a conceited young man and a young woman with a tyrannical step-mother, who must overcome magical trials in order to be together. (84 mins.)
Director: Aleksandr Rou
 
29.
Moscow: Cassiopea (1974)
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Several children go to a lifelong space mission to Cassiopeia because they don't want to go to school. (85 mins.)
 
30.
Teens in the Universe (1975)
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Interstellar expedition equipped by "pioneers"(soviet scouts) reached Alpha Kassiopea and found that smart robots took control on hole planet... (84 mins.)
 
31.
To the Stars by Hard Ways (1981)
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A female creature created in space tries to live on earth and has special (and sometimes dangerous) powers. (148 mins.)
 
32.
The Sky Calls (1959)
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Two countries race to have the first successful landing on Mars. (77 mins.)
 
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34.
Ferat Vampire (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A doctor (Marek) is shocked when his beloved nurse (Mima) signs a contract with foreign car manufacturer Ferat... (90 mins.)
Director: Juraj Herz
 
36.
Ori okeanis saidumloeba (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
In post-war years in the Atlantic Ocean under mysterious circumstances the Soviet Arctic motor ship perishes... (83 mins.)
Director: K. Pipinashvili
 
37.
Korolevstvo krivykh zerkal (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Olya steps through the mirror into the Kingdom of Crooked Mirrors where Yalo resides. The kingdom, under... (75 mins.)
Director: Aleksandr Rou
 
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39.
The Magic Weaver (1960)
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An old soldier helps a young boy find his mother, who's been kidnapped to the magical underwater kingdom in a remote Russian lake. (87 mins.)
Director: Aleksandr Rou
 
40.
Vasilisa the Beautiful (1940)
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(72 mins.)
Director: Aleksandr Rou
 
41.
By Pike (1938)
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Adapted from four different Russian folk-tales, this early Soviet fantasy film tells the story of Emelya the Fool, who, fishing one day, catches a talking pike who pleads for his life and in return grants Emelya wishes for a life spared.
Director: Aleksandr Rou
 
43.
Kashchey bessmertnyy (1945)
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A beautiful maiden, Marya Morevna, gives her prospective prospective husband, the mighty warrior Nikita Kozhemyaka... (73 mins.)
Director: Aleksandr Rou
 
44.
May Nights (1953)
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(61 mins.)
Director: Aleksandr Rou
 
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49.
Barbara the Fair with the Silken Hair (1969)
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A Czar who attempts to trick a creature that demands tribute from him into taking a fisherman's baby instead of his newborn heir. Complications arise when the daughter of the creature, Barbara, requests a human suitor to find true love. (85 mins.)
Director: Aleksandr Rou
 
50.
Baba Yaga (1973)
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A long time ago a splendid deer with golden antlers lived in the woods, always protecting the poor and weak and disdaining evil... (74 mins.)
 
51.
On the Silver Globe (1988)
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A small group of cosmic explorers, including a woman, leaves Earth to find freedom and start a new civilization... (166 mins.)
 
52.
Mirror for a Hero (1988)
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(139 mins.)
 
53.
Petlya Oriona (1981)
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A strange phenomenon has been noticed on the outskirts of our Solar system that quickly approaches the Earth... (85 mins.)
Director: Vasili Levin
 
54.
A Tale of Lost Times (1964)
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Kind and instructive tale of four evil wizards who decided to regain youth. But for this it was necessary to find people aimlessly waste their time... (85 mins.)
 
55.
Zerograd (1989)
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An engineer in charge of the production line of a factory in Moscow is sent to a small town to try to... (103 mins.)
 
56.
Dead Man's Letters (1986)
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The world after the nuclear apocalypse. Pale light lits the scenery of total destruction. The surviving... (87 mins.)
 
57.
Visitor of a Museum (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
In a post-apocalyptic world, in which a large part of the population consists of demented and deformed mutants being kept in reservations... (136 mins.)
 
58.
Heart of a Dog (1988 TV Movie)
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Professor Preobrazhensky and his colleague place some human parts into a dog named Sharik. Soon the dog transforms into a human. (136 mins.)
Director: Vladimir Bortko
 
59.
The Snow Queen (1967)
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An adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale "The Snow Queen". (85 mins.)
 
60.
Beauty and the Beast (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
In this gothic rendition of the classic fairy tale, a merchant's youngest daughter is held prisoner by a mysterious winged beast. (83 mins.)
Director: Juraj Herz
 
61.
Voyage to the End of the Universe (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
The year is 2163. Starship Ikaria XB 1 embarks on a long journey across the Universe, to search for life on the planets of Alpha Centauri. (81 mins.)
Director: Jindrich Polák
 
62.
The Visitors (1983 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
It's the year 2484 and the Earth is threatened by a rogue comet which could fatally change its orbit... (30 mins.)
 
63.
The Girl on the Broomstick (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Saxana has the enthusiasm, but lacks the right talent to become a witch. So she's kept in for 300 years - nothing unusual for a sorceress' school... (76 mins.)
 
64.
I Killed Einstein, Gentlemen (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
This futuristic science fiction comedy features an atomic bomb blast that causes women to grow beards and lose the ability to have children... (95 mins.)
Director: Oldrich Lipský
 
65.
The Devil (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
During the Prussian army's invasion to Poland in 1793, a young Polish nobleman Jakub is saved from the... (119 mins.)
 
66.
The War of the Worlds: Next Century (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Film opens on December 18, 1999, just a few days before the dawn of the new century. A local reporter... (96 mins.)
Director: Piotr Szulkin
 
67.
The Saragossa Manuscript (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Upon finding a book that relates his grandfather's story, an officer ventures through Spain meeting a wide array of characters, most of whom have a story of their own to tell. (182 mins.)
Director: Wojciech Has
 
68.
The Day the Earth Froze (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.3/10 X  
Based on Finnish mythology, this movie traces the exploits of Lemminkainen as he woos the fair Annikki and battles the evil witch Louhi... (90 mins.)
 
69.
The Sword and the Dragon (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
A mythical knight goes on an epic journey and fights barbarian hordes in an ancient land. (87 mins.)
 
70.
Stalker (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A guide leads two men through an area known as the Zone to find a room that grants wishes. (163 mins.)
 
71.
Solaris (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A psychologist is sent to a station orbiting a distant planet in order to discover what has caused the crew to go insane. (167 mins.)
 
72.
Kin-dza-dza! (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Two Russians push the wrong button on a strange device and end up on the telepathic planet Pluke with its strange societal norms. (135 mins.)
 
73.
Amphibian Man (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
People living in a seaside town are frightened by reports about an unknown creature in the ocean. Nobody knows what it is... (96 mins.)
 
74.
Planeta bur (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Cosmonauts land on the planet Venus. However, they find themselves in danger from the voracious monsters they find on it. (78 mins.)
 
75.
The Mystery of the Third Planet (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
At the end of the 22nd century Alisa Seleznyova, her father Professor Seleznyov and pilot Zeleny go... (48 mins.)
Director: Roman Kachanov
 
76.
Solyaris (1968 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Kris Kelvin joins the space station orbiting the planet Solaris, only to find its two crew members plagued by "phantoms," creations of Solaris. Kelvin is soon confronted with his own phantom, taking the shape of his dead wife Hari. (142 mins.)
 
77.
Frontier (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
(82 mins.)
 
78.
Our Century (1983 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A man paves his own way to his own soul through an intellectual quest, tragedies of nations and personal drama... (47 mins.)
Director: A. Peleshian
 
79.
How to Drown Dr. Mracek, the Lawyer (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
There are still water spirits among us. One group lives in Prague, led by Mr. Wassermann, who is using his wife's family as servants... (96 mins.)
 
80.
The Mysterious Castle in the Carpathians (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
In 1897, in a castle near the town of Werewolfville in the Carpathians, a slightly deranged Professor Orfanik experiments with his new inventions which include, even at this early date, television and a film camera. (97 mins.)
Director: Oldrich Lipský
 
81.
Visitors from the Arkana Galaxy (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A science fiction writer is gifted with the ability to materialize his thoughts and inadvertently brings a group of aliens to Earth. (82 mins.)
Director: Dusan Vukotic
 
82.
Zvyozdnaya komandirovka (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
(77 mins.)
Director: Boris Ivchenko
 
83.
A Journey to the Beginning of Time (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
For Czech version: Youngest of four boys one day finds a fossil of trilobite. So his older friend take him on journey through prehistory, up to beginning of time, to see real live trilobites. (93 mins.)
 
84.
The Fabulous World of Jules Verne (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
An evil millionaire named Artigas plans to use a super-explosive device to conquer the world from his headquarters inside an enormous volcano. (78 mins.)
Director: Karel Zeman
 
85.
Magic Lantern II (1960 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
 
86.
The Fabulous Baron Munchausen (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The outrageous Baron Munchausen tells of his many adventures, from meeting the Man in the Moon to defeating a Turkish army all by himself. (83 mins.)
Director: Karel Zeman
 
87.
Bláznova kronika (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
(82 mins.)
Director: Karel Zeman
 
88.
Ukradená vzducholod (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
(90 mins.)
Director: Karel Zeman
 
89.
Na komete (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
When a comet passes the earth very closely, it pulls a small part of North Africa with it. Carried along is a bunch of people... (74 mins.)
Director: Karel Zeman
 
90.
A Thousand and One Nights (1974)
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(88 mins.)
Director: Karel Zeman
 
91.
Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Inspired by fairy-tales such as Alice in Wonderland and Little Red-Riding Hood, "Valerie and her Week of Wonders" is a surreal tale in which love, fear, sex and religion merge into one fantastic world. (77 mins.)
Director: Jaromil Jires
 
92.
Talíre nad Velkým Malíkovem (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.1/10 X  
A model Communist village is visited by a flying saucer. One of the most bizarre Normalisation films, the lowest point in the work of a good director. (89 mins.)
Director: Jaromil Jires
 
93.
Tomorrow I'll Wake Up and Scald Myself with Tea (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Jan is a decent, boring man, living a decent, boring life as a rocket designer. When his adventurous twin brother dies in a breakfast accident, Jan decides to impersonate him, unwittingly becoming a part of a Nazi time travel conspiracy. (93 mins.)
Director: Jindrich Polák
 
94.
Pan Tau - Der Film (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
(90 mins.)
Director: Jindrich Polák
 
95.
Case for a Rookie Hangman (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Lemuel Gulliver (Lubomír Kostelka) has had a car accident and continues his journey across the unknown countryside on foot... (102 mins.)
Director: Pavel Jurácek
 
96.
When the Cat Comes (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Some people with a strange cat arrive in a small village. The cat wears glasses, and when someone takes them off... (91 mins.)
Director: Vojtech Jasný
 
97.
Zaveshchaniye professora Douelya (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Professor Dowell and his assistant surgeon Dr. Kern are working on the resurrection of the dead. Dr... (91 mins.)
Director: Leonid Menaker
 
98.
The Story of the Voyages (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
In a medieval fantasy kingdom, two orphans, May and his sister Martha, live in poverty. A group of robbers kidnap May to use his magic talent: he feels sick when surrounded by gold, therefore he can feel gold from a long distance. (101 mins.)
Director: Aleksandr Mitta
 
99.
Ivan Vasilievich: Back to the Future (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Shurik Timofeev builds a working model of a time machine. By accident, Ivan Bunsha, an apartment complex manager... (93 mins.)
Director: Leonid Gayday
 
100.
Aladdin and His Magic Lamp (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A young boy finds a magic lantern that contains a genie, and when he frees the genie he's granted three wishes... (84 mins.)
Director: Boris Rytsarev