A 1973 Soviet twelve-part television series, directed by Tatyana Lioznova and based on the novel of the same title by Yulian Semyonov. The series portrays the exploits of Maxim Isaev, a ... See full summary »
The defeat of the "White Army" in the Russian Civil War of 1918-21, causing massive emigration of the upper classes and nobility, called "White Russians". Set in Crimea, Constantinopol and ... See full summary »
Ilya Semenovich Melnikov is a history teacher in an ordinary Soviet high school. He is a very good teacher and his students and colleagues treat him with a great deal of respect. However, ... See full summary »
A patient in a modern day mental institution believes that he is the man who assassinated Tsar Alexander in 1881 and Tsar Nicolas II in 1918. He and his doctor soon slip out of reality and ... See full summary »
Three naval cadets accidentally get possession of a secret diary that was stolen from Bestuzhev, a vice-chancellor of Russia. If this diary ever gets abroad, the consequences for the ... See full summary »
Injured on the job Vasily Kuzyakin gets a ticket to the resort. There he meets femme fatale Raisa Zakharovna, and once under the charm, moves to live with her. Unfortunately, a new life is not all that sweet as dreamed hapless Vasily.
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. Chapaev is an uneducated peasant and a ... See full summary »
This is a masterfully done re-telling of Bulgakov's brilliant play (itself a version of the novel, "White Guard"), "Days of the Turbins". Magnificent acting from all, particularly Valentina Titova as the beautiful Elena Talberg, and Basov as Myshlaevsky. This is a play which has touched lives, and it is one of the few works which stays in the mind for decades. We remember and love Myshlaevsky, we smile at the boasting of Shervinsky, we stare with dread and revulsion at the actions of Hetman Skoropadsky, we weep for Alexej Turbin, and Lariosik, well . . . he's just become a household word. After seeing this film (which follows the play almost to the word), or reading the play itself, we see these people come into our hearts as friends and kin--and then they do not leave. Bulgakov was a master, and this can be see in this, arguably among the five most famous of his many works.
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