Tag Archives: Soviet Union

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

Prostitutka (1927)
“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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Ekipazh / Air crew (1979) Aleksandr Mitta, Georgi Zhzhyonov, Anatoliy Vasilev, Leonid Filatov, Action, Drama, Thriller

Air crew
This movie is about a crew of a passenger plane and consists of two parts. The first part tells about personal lives of the characters, their successes and failures, relationships inside their families and between each others. The second part has them land the plane in the airport of a city called Bidri, which was damaged by an earthquake. They try to fly people to safety, but just as they land, another earthquake hits, and now the chances of a successful takeoff are slim…
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Neokonchennaya povest / Unfinished Story (1956) Fridrikh Ermler, Elina Bystritskaya, Sergey Bondarchuk, Sofiya Giatsintova, Drama, Romance

Unfinished Story (1956)
The local doctor Yelizaveta Maximovna sees and restores to health lots and lots of patients. The talented shipbuilder Yershov afflicted by the misfortune of leg paralysis proves to be the most “difficult” one yet. Consistently trying out various treatment courses she strives to help Yershov, who falls in love with his physician. Yershov’s mother and Doctor Aganin, who is in love with Yelizaveta Maximovna, put obstacles in the path of their happiness…
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Plokhoy khoroshiy chelovek / The Duel (1973) Iosif Kheifits, Oleg Dal, Vladimir Vysotskiy, Lyudmila Maksakova, Drama, History

Plokhoy khoroshiy chelovek (Iosif Kheifits, 1973)
Dramatic story about two young men, two intellectuals of the 1890th. It is a story about a complex human character. Being tortured by ignorance and boredom of life, clerk Laevsky is longing to break the depraved circle of his existence. His moral antipode, naturalist Von Coren is sure that people like Laevsky are worth being destroyed. But regardless characters’ will and desires, providence deals with their lives in its own way…
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The Sword and the Dragon / Ilya Muromets (1956) Aleksandr Ptushko, Boris Andreyev, Shukur Burkhanov, Andrei Abrikosov, Fantasy

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Ilya is a cripple without the use of his legs. When he aids some weary travellers, they surprise him by giving him a potion that restores his legs. He immediately becomes powerful and sets off to prove himself to his King. Doing so, he fights the evil Tugars, a wind demon that looks like a cross between a goblin and The Noid, a zeppelin-like ambassador, and the evil Tugars. Ilya gets framed for a crime he didn’t commit, then is freed, then finally dispatches the Tugars and their dragon.
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The Inner Circle (1991) Andrey Konchalovskiy, Tom Hulce, Lolita Davidovich, Bob Hoskins, Drama

The Inner Circle (1991)
The true story of Ivan Sanchin, the KGB officer who was Stalin’s private film projectionist from 1939 until the dictator’s death. Told from Sanchin’s view, the sympathetic but tragically flawed hero maintains unwavering faith in his “Master” despite the arrest of his neighbors and his involvement with their daughter, his wife’s affair with the chilling State Security chief Lavrentii Beria and her tragic decline, and the deadly political machinations within the Kremlin he witnesses firsthand.
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Tsirk / Circus (1936) Grigori Aleksandrov, Isidor Simkov, Lyubov Orlova, Evgeniya Melnikova, Vladimir Volodin, Comedy, Musical

Tsirk (1936)
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.
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Viimne reliikvia / The Last Relic (1969) Grigori Kromanov

Viimne reliikvia (1969)
A medieval love story with lots of adventures. The times are troubled – there’s a revolt of peasants going on. To secure its safety a monastery chases for a relics of a holy Brigitte. A nobleman promises to get it if he gets beautiful Agnes as a reward. But she fells in love with a handsome adventurer. The monastery has to act shrewd now and play double game. The movie is still the best achievement of the Estonian cinema. Based on a novel.
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