Some good Soviet and Russian films

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“ The experiences of a teenage boy growing without parents in a backwater Soviet town in the 1970s. A realistic picture of the Soviet school. The title refers to a teenage game of betting (there's nothing American in the film) ” - iouri-belov
 
2.
Chekist (1992)
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Srubov is a part of CHEKA, the secret police Lenin established after the Bolshevik Revolution. They arrest... (89 mins.)
 
3.
The Barber of Siberia (1998)
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Douglas is a foreign entrepreneur, who ventures to Russia in 1885 with dreams of selling a new, experimental... (180 mins.)
“ The story of love between a Russian officer and an American lady at the turn of 20th century. "The Russia we lost", or never had. The film is uneven in quality, I like the maslenitsa (pancake fair) scenes most. ” - iouri-belov
 
4.
Carmen (2003)
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A young and handsome prison guard falls in love with a beautiful lady-prisoner. She makes him hooked on sex and manipulates him into becoming a gang member. He kills and steals under her control. (113 mins.)
Director: Aleksandr Khvan
 
5.
The Cuckoo (2002)
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The beauty of this movie is that you, as the reader of the subtitles, are the only one who knows what is going on. The woman and the two men all speak different languages. It is a comedy of errors up until the end. (99 mins.)
 
6.
The Wedding (2000)
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The beautiful Tanya returns to her small mining town, after supposedly working as a model in Moscow... (114 mins.)
Director: Pavel Lounguine
 
7.
Country of the Deaf (1998)
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Alyosha has a gambling problem and his girlfriend becomes a stripper to help pay off his debt. (105 mins.)
“ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zo8_XhYv4no (no subtitles) ” - iouri-belov
 
8.
Burnt by the Sun (1994)
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Russia, 1936: revolutionary hero Colonel Kotov is spending an idyllic summer in his village with his... (135 mins.)
 
9.
A Driver for Vera (2004)
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A General, who had sent for a cadet from the Kremlin Guard to work as his personal driver, decided to marry him to his physically disabled daughter (105 mins.)
Director: Pavel Chukhray
 
10.
The Return (2003)
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In the Russian wilderness, two brothers face a range of new, conflicting emotions when their father - a man they know only through a single photograph - resurfaces. (105 mins.)
 
11.
Ballad of a Soldier (1959)
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Young Russian soldier Alyosha earns a medal, but asks to visit his mother instead. His journey recounts various kinds of love during wartime. (88 mins.)
 
12.
Lady Into Lassie (1995)
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Based on a famous short story by Pushkin, this film tells of a youthful, innocent and pure love story that begins as a girlish joke... (110 mins.)
 
13.
The Diamond Arm (1969)
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Semyon Gorbunkov goes on a cruise. In Istanbul, he slips and breaks his arm. What he didn't know is... (100 mins.)
Director: Leonid Gayday
“ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-iVfLX2tvY (1 part, English subtitles) ” - iouri-belov
 
14.
Amphibian Man (1962)
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People living in a seaside town are frightened by reports about an unknown creature in the ocean. Nobody knows what it is... (96 mins.)
 
15.
Gentlemen of Fortune (1971)
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A kindergarten director Troshkin is a dead ringer for a criminal nicknamed "Docent" who stole the priceless... (88 mins.)
Director: Aleksandr Seryj
 
16.
A Nest of Gentry (1969)
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Lavretsky returns to his estate after stay in Paris.Frustrated with life,in his wife's unfair, he falls in love with Lisa. Suddenly the arriving of Fëdors woman which before has been reported the death, completes the simple love. (111 mins.)
 
17.
Interdevochka (1989)
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A hospital nurse becomes an "international girl", a prostitute who caters to foreigners with hard currency. (151 mins.)
 
18.
Karnaval (1982)
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A coming-of-age story about a small town girl's struggle to become an actress in Soviet Moscow. (151 mins.)
“ Nina Solomatina (one of the best parts of Irina Muravyova), an unexperienced girl from a provincial town, comes to Moscow hoping to become an actrice. The reality, such as suffering from an unrequited love and the need to earn her living, brings her back to earth but also makes her stronger. The film includes many memorable musical acts, in which Nina plays the leading part. These are her dreams, but may also be her future. Other well-known actors in this film are Yuri Yakovlev (Nina's father) and Aleksandr Abdulov (her boy-friend).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSxub7OrHOk (1 part, no subtitles)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4YWdAKA3cY (2 part, no subtitles) ” - iouri-belov
 
19.
Koroleva benzokolonki (1963)
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Lyudmila doesn't have any luck in finding the perfect job. She tried to be an air hostess, newscaster... (78 mins.)
 
20.
Courier (1986)
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The story of a teenager boy in times of the comunism fall in the Soviet Union. (88 mins.)
 
21.
Meri Poppins, do svidaniya (1983 TV Movie)
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A family hires a babysitter who seems to possess magical powers. (141 mins.)
“ Mary Poppins, Goodbye is a Soviet two-part musical film for children, directed by Leonid Kvinikhidze. It is loosely based on Mary Poppins stories by Pamela L. Travers. The film has been especially popular for its songs.

More about this film in my blog (videos of songs):
http://ybelov.livejournal.com/302647.html

Full film, part 1 (no subtitles)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHUbnASEzPM

Part 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eefix1T7KvA ” - iouri-belov
 
22.
Repentance (1984)
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The day after the funeral of Varlam Aravidze, the mayor of a small Georgian town, his corpse turns up in his son's garden and is secretly reburied... (153 mins.)
Director: Tengiz Abuladze
“ This is a very symbolic Georgian film about tyrany. In order to understand it well, you will need to know basic facts about the regime of Stalin and Beria. After seeing the film, read the viewers' comments. The comment posted by a viewer from Tbilisi (Irakli28) is especially helpful. ” - iouri-belov
 
23.
Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears (1980)
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This is a life story of three girlfriends from youth to autumn ages. Their dreams and wishes, love, disillusions... (150 mins.)
“ Melodrama. The USSR of the 1950s and 1980s. Russian women love to see it. Oscar Award for the best foreign film.

Full film, English subtitles:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ui6pJ-Sqg9k

Script in Russian:
http://lib.web-malina.com/getbook.php?bid=5296 ” - iouri-belov
 
24.
Jazzman (1983)
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A music student is expeled from school because he loves jazz, a kind of music that represents the US capitalism... (89 mins.)
“ The adventures of first jazz players in the USSR.

Song: Old Grand Piano
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Ci2gpAlEBE

Full film (English subtitles)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sP_myq8HZ9c ” - iouri-belov
 
25.
Unfinished Piece for the Player Piano (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Early in the 20th century, family and friends gather at the country estate of a general's widow, Anna Petrovna... (103 mins.)
 
26.
Sacrifice (1986)
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At the dawn of World War III, a man searches for a way to restore peace to the world and finds he must give something in return. (149 mins.)
“ The last film made by Tarkovsky, and it is one of my favourites. Filmed in Sweden and in the Swedish language. The main character makes a sacrifice to God in order to avert a world war. ” - iouri-belov
 
27.
Operation 'Y' & Other Shurik's Adventures (1965)
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The movie consists of 3 short movies, each about Shurik - a nerdy student.. 1. "Naparnik" ("Partner")... (95 mins.)
Director: Leonid Gayday
“ A well-known film composed three small comedies. It will be easy to understand, even if you have not seen Russian films before.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjG-LTi0BuI (English subtitles) ” - iouri-belov
 
28.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson: The Hound of the Baskervilles (1981 TV Movie)
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When Sir Charles Baskerville is found dead in his country house, Dr James Mortimer asks Sherlock Holmes for help to save Sir Henry Baskerville, the only known heir, from the curse that haunts Baskerville family. (154 mins.)
 
29.
Ruslan and Ludmila (1972)
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Based on Russian poet Alexander Pushkin's fairy tale poem of the same name. In the midst of the wedding party of Prince Ruslan and Ludmila... (150 mins.)
“ Fairy tale based on A. Pushkin's ballad. Excellent music by Tikhon Khrennikov. This film enthralled me as a child, especially the crystal garden! My favourite scene is when Ludmila throws pillows at Chernomor and his guard.

Full film (no subtitles)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-Ul89ODGrs ” - iouri-belov
 
30.
Seventeen Moments of Spring (1973 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
A 1973 Soviet twelve-part television series, directed by Tatyana Lioznova and based on the novel of the same title by Yulian Semyonov... (840 mins.)
“ Soviet intelligence agent in the Nazi Berlin. A legendary film and a part of Russian folklore. ” - iouri-belov
 
31.
A Golden-coloured Straw Hat (1974 Mini-Series)
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Charming womanizer and playboy Leonidas Fadinar wants to quit his bachelor life and marry the daughter of local rich gardener. (127 mins.)
 
32.
The Flying Carpet (1957)
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A boy named Volka discovers an ancient vessel on the bottom of a river. When he opens it, a genie emerges from there... (86 mins.)
“ Analysis of the film and the book as a mirrow of the Soviet reality: http://www.svoboda.org/programs/cicles/hero/28.asp ” - iouri-belov
 
33.
Fate of a Man (1959)
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The story of a man (Andrey Sokolov) whose life was ruthlessly crippled by World War II. His wife and... (103 mins.)
 
34.
Assassination Attempt (1981)
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Alain Delon and Claude Jade stars in this Soviet movie: Documents reveal in 1980 that the Germans planned to kill the Big Three in Teheran in 1943. (150 mins.)
 
35.
The Very Same Munchhausen (1979 TV Movie)
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A philosophical and poetic portrait of the famous (or maybe infamous?) Baron Munchhausen. His crazy... (142 mins.)
Director: Mark Zakharov
 
36.
Tretya meshchanskaya (1927)
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A married couple have a small apartment in Moscow. When an old friend of the husband's arrives in the city, he is unable to find lodgings. Kolia, the husband, invites his friend to move in with them. (95 mins.)
Director: Abram Room
 
37.
Uchitel peniya (1973)
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(86 mins.)
Director: Naum Birman
“ The plot is simple and even somewhat naive, as in many Soviet films, especially for children. The teacher conducts a boys' choir in a secondary school. The boys love the teacher's dog, which always attends their rehearsals. One day the dog gets lost. Meanwhile the teacher's family moves to a new apartment, so the teacher comes to spend nights in the old apartment, where there is already a new family, and during day-time someone of the boys is on duty there to wait for the dog. Eventually, the dog returns.
The film stars several famous Soviet actors: Aleksandr Demyanenko (everybody in Russia knows him as Shurik in such hits as "Kidnapping Caucassian Style" and "Ivan Vasilievich: Back to the Future"), Yevgeni Yevstigneyev (famous for "The Dog's Heart", "Beware of the Car" and many other films) and Irina Alfyorova (her first role). The main part is played by Andrei Popov, who is better known for his part of Zakhar in "Oblomov".

Full film (no subtitles):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgFmeyfPViE&wide=1 ” - iouri-belov
 
38.
Close to Eden (1991)
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The shepherd Gombo lives with his wife, three children and grandmother in a tent on the Mongolian steppe... (119 mins.)
 
39.
Moscow Laughs (1934)
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Merry Fellows was the first Soviet musical comedy. Set in Odessa and Moscow in the 1930's. Shepherd... (96 mins.)
“ An eccentric musical comedy telling about hilarious adventures of a talented musician-shepherd Kostya, who becomes conductor of a jazz orchestra, and a housekeeper Anuta, who becomes a singer.

Full film (English subtitles)
http://www.youtube.com/movie?v=chDRXQ77IgA ” - iouri-belov
 
40.
A Railway Station for Two (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Platon Ryabinin, a pianist, is traveling by train to a distant town of Griboedov to visit his father... (141 mins.)
Director: Eldar Ryazanov
 
41.
A Cruel Romance (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Cinematographic adaptation of classical Russian play "Dowry-less" by A. Ostrovsky. Noble but poor widow... (142 mins.)
Director: Eldar Ryazanov
 
42.
31 iyunya (1978 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A lonely journalist in some West European country has a vision about the princess of his city who lived in XII century. (142 mins.)
“ An interesting story and beatuful music.

Part 1 (no subtitles)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=am5LIBBsTVk

Part 2 (no subtitles)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jpfIoZmlls4 ” - iouri-belov
 
43.
Sny (1993)
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Russian countess in 1893 has strange dreams about herself living a life as a dishwasher in 1993' Moscow after dissolution of the USSR. (78 mins.)
“ A countess in 1893 is haunted by dreams, in which she is a cafeteria cleaner, singer and minister of economy in the chaotic post-Soviet Russia of 1993.
http://youtu.be/Znnr111WFME (full film, EN subtitles) ” - iouri-belov
 
44.
Zimniy vecher v Gagrakh (1985)
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A young romantic loves step dance but there is only one person who knows this forgotten art. Beglov... (88 mins.)
“ Once upon a time - back in the fifties - Beglov was a star of tap dancing. And now even memories of those days are unpleasant to him. As if it had not happened to him.... But a young man is coming to Moscow determined to learn tap dancing. Without complexes or a hint of ability, but with a great desire to dance, he turns Beglov.

Full film (English subtitles)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGDMk-TvBX0 ” - iouri-belov
 
45.
Pechki-lavochki (1972)
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A Siberian farm-worker and his wife travel south for their first holiday, meeting characters such as a smooth-talking con man and a professor of folklore, who invites them to stop off in Moscow. (90 mins.)
 
46.
East/West (1999)
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June 1946: Stalin invites Russian emigres to return to the motherland. It's a trap: when a ship-load from France arrives in Odessa... (121 mins.)
Director: Régis Wargnier
 
47.
White Bim Black Ear (1977)
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A white dog called Bim is looking for its owner. It encounters all kinds of people and situations. (182 mins.)
 
48.
The Thief (1997)
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A woman meets a man who isn't the right man for her - but she hasn't realised it yet... (96 mins.)
Director: Pavel Chukhray
 
49.
Zerograd (1988)
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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.)
“ http://youtu.be/uB80gnsWNfw (full film, EN subtitles) ” - iouri-belov
 
50.
Ko mne, Mukhtar! (1965)
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Mukhtar comes to live and work at the police kennels through rather unusual circumstances. Together with his handler, Glazychev, Mukhtar helps to solve large and small crimes. (82 mins.)
Director: Semyon Tumanov
 
51.
Carnival in Moscow (1956)
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A new chief of a "Culture House" is planning to hold a terribly boring New Year concert. A group of young amateur actors are doing their best to liven up the concert. (78 mins.)
Director: Eldar Ryazanov
“ A well-known comedy by Eldar Ryzanov, starring Ludmila Gurchenko (her first role). A group of young people prepares New Year concert in a local house of culture and outsmart a bureaucrat, who wants to organise the celebration in his own way.

Full film (English subtitles)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_m017ebtD8

Song "Five Minutes"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12kPdU6A71o

More about the film in my blog:
http://ybelov.livejournal.com/296419.html ” - iouri-belov
 
52.
The Garage (1980)
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The members of a Soviet cooperative have pooled their money to have a badly needed parking garage built... (101 mins.)
Director: Eldar Ryazanov
“ A comedy by Eldar Ryazanov. Members of the garage cooperative of a research institute have gathered to decide who will get a garage, because there won't enough for all of them.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xqsa4u00GXM (no subtitles) ” - iouri-belov