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The Desperadoes (1943) Charles Vidor, Randolph Scott, Claire Trevor, Glenn Ford, Action, Comedy, Romance

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Popular mailcoach driver Uncle Willie is in fact in league with the town’s crooked banker. They plan to have the bank robbed after emptying it, and when Willie’s choice for this doesn’t show in time, he gets some local boys to do it. When his man does turn up he decides to stick around, as he is pals with the sheriff and also takes a shine to Willie’s daughter Allison. This gives the bad men several new problems.

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The Overcoat / Shinel (1959) Aleksey Batalov, Rolan Bykov, Yuriy Tolubeev, Aleksandra Yozhkina, Drama

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The Overcoat is a 1959 Soviet film directed by Aleksey Batalov, based on Nikolai Gogol story “The Overcoat”.
The story centers on the life and death of Akaky Akakievich Bashmachkin, an impoverished government clerk and copyist in the Russian capital of St. Petersburg. Akaky is dedicated to his job as a titular councillor, taking special relish in the hand-copying of documents, though little recognized in his department for his hard work.

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URGA / Ypra (1991) Nikita Mikhalkov, Badema, Bayaertu, Vladimir Gostyukhin, Drama

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The Mongolian shepherd Gombo lives in a yurt in Inner Mongolia with his wife, three children, and mother. They are content with their uncomplicated rural lives but Gombo wants to go on having sex with his wife, while she refuses for fear of having a fourth child, which is against Chinese law. A Russian truck driver named Sergei is stranded nearby and finds his way to their yurt, where he and Gombo become friends despite their language and cultural differences. Gombo and Sergei go into the nearest city together, where Gombo is supposed to buy contraceptives (condoms)

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Viy / Viy or Spirit of Evil (1967) Konstantin Ershov, Georgiy Kropachyov, Leonid Kuravlyov, Natalya Varley, Aleksey Glazyrin, Drama, Fantasy, Horror

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Getting lost, wandering home whilst on leave from his seminary, novice monk Khoma stays in the barn of an old woman. A scuffle breaks out. Later, he is summoned to stand and pray over a young dead woman, in the local church, for three nights. It is here that, while in the long, dark nights of the locked doors, the dead regain life, the souls of Hell taunt the young monk to near terrifying insanity, and the test of Faith will be as powerful as the witches, monsters and the mighty demon Viy who haunt his every step and bay for his very soul.

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Rush (1991) Lili Fini Zanuck, Jason Patric, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Sam Elliott, Action, Crime, Drama

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Raynor is an undercover narcotics cop. For his next assignment he chooses the more inexperienced but tough and good-looking Kristen. Their ultimate target is Gaines, a renowned but very elusive drug dealer. While doing their work they unexpectedly fall into a morass of drug-addiction and fall in love with each other. Despite subjecting themselves to the life of low-class, one-track junkies they do not get the evidence they want to convict Gaines, and instead are forced into using false evidence in court.

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Stalker (1979) Andrei Tarkovsky, Alisa Freyndlikh, Aleksandr Kaydanovskiy, Anatoliy Solonitsyn, Art-House, Drama, Sci-Fi

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Near a gray and unnamed city is the Zone, an alien place guarded by barbed wire and soldiers. Over his wife’s objections, a man rises in the early morning and leaves her with their disabled daughter to meet two men. He’s a Stalker, one of a handful who have the mental gifts (and who risk imprisonment) to lead people into the Zone to the Room, a place where one’s secret hopes come true. His clients are a burned out popular writer, cynical, and questioning his talent; and a quiet scientist more concerned about his knapsack than the journey. In the deserted Zone, the approach to the Room must be indirect. As they draw near, the rules seem to change and the stalker faces a crisis.

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Lyumi (1991) Vladimir Bragin, Andrey Shcherbovich-Vecher, Vita Grebneva, Nadezhda Butyrtseva, Thriller

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A tall creepy werewolf-like monster dressed in a raincoat is roaming around in a Baltic forrest, destroying and killing everything in its way. The hunter searching for this monster is convinced that it will eventually destroy the human race if he doesn‘t manage to kill it. At the same time, a young girl is sent by her parents like the Little Red Riding Hood through the forrest to visit her grandmother.

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Prostitutka / Prostitute (1927) Oleg Frelikh, Olga Bonus, Mark Donskoy, L. Krasina, Drama

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“Prostitutka” (1927) is a Bolshevist silent rarity, unusual because of its subject matter, that being prostitution in the U.S.S.R. The world’s oldest profession requires a treatment both delicate and balanced, not an easy topic for a first time director like Herr Oleg Frelikh. Actually, this little known work was Frelikh’s only film as a director (prior to this, he had been an actor) and it’s a flawed but interesting effort.

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