During the late 1940s early 1950s when not many movies were shot in the country, Kalatozov was granted the State Award (1951) for his film Zagovor obrechyonnykh (Conspiracy of the Doomed, 1950), a political pamphlet after the same-name play by N. Virta, starring the uncomparable Russian singer Aleksandr Vertinsky.
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Nel regno di Napoli / The Kingdom of Naples (1978) Werner Schroeter, Liana Trouche, Antonio Orlando, Renata Zamengo, Drama
Sobachye serdtse / Heart of a Dog (1988) Vladimir Bortko, Evgeniy Evstigneev, Vladimir Tolokonnikov, Boris Plotnikov, Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi
Old Prof. Preobrazhensky and his young colleague Dr. Bormental inserted the human’s hypophysis into a dog’s brain. Couple of weeks later the dog became “human looking”. The main question is “Is anybody who is looking like a man, A REAL MAN?”
Dauriya / Dauria (1972) Viktor Tregubovich, Vitali Solomin, Petr Shelokhonov, Yefim Kopelyan, Action, Adventure, Drama
Epic about Cossacks in the Siberian province of Dauria. Set in the time of World War I and the Russian revolution of 1917. Cossacks are living like one big family under the guidance of a strong leader – Ataman (Kopelyan). Young Cossack Roman Ulybin (V. Solomin) is in love with beautiful Dashutka (Golovina). Roman is asking his father Severian Ulybin (Shelokhonov) to send a Matchmaker before it’s too late. But a wealthy crook has already hired the Matchmaker, and his son gets married at the lavish traditional wedding with singing, dancing and drinking in the Russian style. So, frustrated Roman Ulybin leaves his father’s home and joins the communist revolutionaries. And, after the revolution the villagers are suffering a cascade of troubles.
Cold Summer of 1953 / Kholodnoe leto pyatdesyat tretego (1988) Aleksandr Proshkin, Valeriy Priyomykhov, Anatoliy Papanov, Viktor Stepanov, Action, Crime, Drama
In 1953, the year Stalin died, many prisoners (some political, but mostly common criminals) were released from the Soviet Gulags. This is the story of a remote settlement which was under attack by a bunch of these recently-released blood-thirsty thugs in the summer of 1953, and the townspeople, along with a two political prisoners, who try to stop them.
Odnazhdy nochyu / Dark Is the Night (1945) Boris Barnet, Irina Radchenko, Boris Andreyev, Ivan Kuznetsov, Drama, War
Tsirk / Circus (1936) Grigori Aleksandrov, Isidor Simkov, Lyubov Orlova, Evgeniya Melnikova, Vladimir Volodin, Comedy, Musical
Circus tells the story of an American named Marion who is banished from the US because a black man impregnates her. Marion escapes to Russia to start a new life in the circus and joins up with lustful, anti-Russian ringmaster who happens to be in love with her. The ringmaster knows her secret about the black baby and threatens to reveal it unless she marries him. The problem is that Marion has fallen in love with a Russian acrobat and later out of sheer jealousy, the ringmaster reveals the identity of the woman’s child in front of the circus audience.
In an imaginary dictature of a futuristic world, rebellion has broken out. The men in power scramble to the Bunker Palace Hotel, a bunker built long ago for just this kind of contingency. But a rebel spy sneaks in, and although her nature is very quickly suspected, she is left to observe the raving of the decadent power class, who keeps wondering what happened to their leader, who has failed to show up.