24 Frames: The Cinema of Russia and the Former Soviet Union

From the book 24 Frames: The Cinema of Russia and the Former Soviet Union(2007)

http://www.amazon.com/Cinema-Russia-Former-Soviet-Frames/dp/1904764983
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1.
Her Sister's Rival (1916)
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Wealthy Mrs. Khromova has a natural daughter, Musya, and an adopted daughter, Nata. The merchant Zhurov is in love with Nata... (66 mins.)
Director: Yevgeni Bauer
 
2.
The Extraordinary Adventures of Mr. West in the Land of the Bolsheviks (1924)
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The film chronicles the adventures of an American, "Mr. West," and his faithful bodyguard and servant Jeddie... (94 mins.)
Director: Lev Kuleshov
 
3.
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.)
 
4.
Strike (1925)
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A group of oppressed factory workers go on strike in pre-revolutionary Russia. (82 mins.)
 
5.
Earth (1930)
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In the peaceful countryside, Vassily opposes the rich kulaks over the coming of collective farming. (75 mins.)
 
6.
Chapayev (1934)
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This film is based on the book about Vasili Ivanovich Chapaev (1887 - 1919) who was in real life the Commander of the 25th Division of the Red Army... (93 mins.)
 
7.
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.)
 
8.
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
 
9.
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.)
 
10.
Ivan's Childhood (1962)
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In WW2, twelve year old Soviet orphan Ivan Bondarev works for the Soviet army as a scout behind the German lines and strikes a friendship with three sympathetic Soviet officers. (95 mins.)
 
11.
Korotkie vstrechi (1968)
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Country girl Nadia moves to the city and becomes a maid in Valya's apartment. Valya, who is a member of the local District Committee... (96 mins.)
Director: K. Muratova
 
12.
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
 
13.
The Color of Pomegranates (1969)
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A super-stylized, surreal biography of Armenian troubadour Sayat Nova, whose life is depicted through non-narrative amalgamations of poetic images. (79 mins.)
 
14.
Once Upon a Time There Was a Singing Blackbird (1972)
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Gia is a carefree young percussionist who works at a theater in Tbilisi, capital of Georgia. He lives in a small apartment with his mother... (85 mins.)
Director: Otar Iosseliani
 
15.
The Red Snowball Tree (1974)
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A former thief is released from a prison. He tries to start a new life with his penfriend - a good village woman, but his past doesn't let him go. (110 mins.)
 
16.
At Home Among Strangers, a Stranger Among His Own (1974)
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Set during the Civil War between the Reds and the Whites that followed the 1917 revolution in Russia (97 mins.)
 
17.
Tale of Tales (1979 Short Film)
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A reflection of Russian history and memory. Norstein creates a visual emotional response to a changing Russia... (29 mins.)
Director: Yu. Norshteyn
 
18.
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.)
 
19.
My Friend Ivan Lapshin (1985)
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Russian provincial town in the middle of the 1930s Stalin's Great Purge. Ivan Lapshin, the head of the local police, does what he has to do. And he does it well. (100 mins.)
Director: Aleksey German
 
20.
The Needle (1988)
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Moro returns to Alma Ata to collect money owed to him. While waiting out an unexpected delay, he visits his former girlfriend Dina... (81 mins.)
Director: Rashid Nugmanov
 
21.
Prisoner of the Mountains (1996)
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Two Russian soldiers, one battle-seasoned and the other barely into his boots and uniform, are taken prisoner by an anxious Islamic father from a remote village hoping to trade them for his captured son. (99 mins.)
Director: Sergey Bodrov
 
22.
Brother (1997)
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An ex-soldier with a personal honor code enters the family crime business in St. Petersburg, Russia. (96 mins.)
 
23.
Russian Ark (2002)
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A 19th century French aristocrat, notorious for his scathing memoirs about life in Russia, travels through the Russian State Hermitage Museum and encounters historical figures from the last 200+ years. (99 mins.)
 
24.
House of Fools (2002)
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In the midst of the Chechen War, a remote psychiatric institution is left without staff leaving the patients to fend for themselves. Based on a true story. (104 mins.)