From Lada Ray:
This is a new page, where I’ll be posting some of the best Russian movies, including Soviet blockbusters and masterpieces.
Rating: 5 stars. A Commonplace Miracle (aka, An Ordinary Miracle) – Обыкновенное чудо (with English subtitles!)
One of the great Soviet films with an all-star cast, including Oleg Yankovsky, Irina Kupchenko, Andrey Mironov, Evgeny Leonov, Evgeniya Simonova, Alexander Abdulov, Yury Solomin, and very lovely music. By Mosfilm, 1978
В бой идут одни «старики» (цветная версия) – Only Old Men Go Into Battle (color version)
Rating: 4.5 stars. One of the famous Soviet movies about the Great War (WWII), with some humor and beautiful songs, as was common for Soviet films. The famous song, Smuglianka-Moldavanka, is from this movie. It is about both male and female pilots, whose units are located for a short while next to each other in the midst of the brutal war. Love, life and death go hand in hand.
В небе “ночные ведьмы” (1981) – The Night Witches in the Sky
Rating: 3 stars. A tribute to the Night Witches of the Great War. A beautiful score and some real footage of the “kukuruzniki” – the dinky crop dusters these women flew.
xnibiru6m posted this comment: “The Nazis called them ‘Night Witches’ because the whooshing noise their plywood and canvas airplanes made reminded the Germans of the sound of a witch’s broomstick. The Russian women who piloted those planes, onetime crop dusters, took it as a compliment. In 30,000 missions over four years, they dumped 23,000 tons of bombs on the German invaders, ultimately helping to chase them back to Berlin. Any German pilot who downed a ‘witch’ was awarded an Iron Cross. These young heroines, all volunteers and most in their teens and early 20s, became legends of World War II but are now largely forgotten. Flying only in the dark, they had no parachutes, guns, radios or radar, only maps and compasses. If hit by tracer bullets, their planes would burn like sheets of paper.” So begins a NY Times tribute to one of the most famous “Night Witches,” Nadezhda Popova, Popova, who flew 852 missions during the war, passed away this past year at the age of 91.”
They weren’t forgotten, at least not in Russia.
“А зори здесь тихие” – Dawns Here Are Quiet
Rating 5 stars. 1973. A very famous movie: not about pilots, but about female soldiers during the Great War, and their personal stories. They come from different backgrounds, some completely ill-equipped for war, but when the crisis situation requires their response, they all rise to the occasion and become true heroes. Some lovely nature scenes here as well.
Весна на Заречной Улице – Spring on River Street
Rating 5 stars. 1956. One of the most popular films from the ’50s. Odessa Movie Studio. Some of the movie was shot in Odessa, most was shot in industrial Zaporozhie, eastern Ukraine, including a giant steel mill footage. Very interesting in line with what’s going on today in Ukraine. A story of the unlikely love between a simple metal worker and a teacher at a secondary school for adults. Very nice songs.
Sorry, the movie was removed by YT.
My Street – a very nice song from the movie Spring on River Street. Улица родная – Весна на Заречной улице
We are From the Future
Rating 4.5 stars. Newer Russian movie, 2008. A fantastic story of time travel by 4 young men, who don’t care about their country’s past and its heroes, and who make money by digging up and selling to foreigners its memory: they find WWII era battlefields and scavenge any trophies they can find. During one such treasure hunt, they dig out a war trench, but instead of returning home with valuables, they find themselves in the middle of a real WWII battle, where they first become German prisoners, and later Russian prisoners. Russians eventually believe that they aren’t the enemy, but they have to learn the hard way what their ancestors had to go through during the war. In the end, they make it back into their time, having learned their lessons – as very different men.
Sorry, the movie was removed by YT.
Masterpiece Russian Comedies
Mosfilm, which owns the copyright, doesn’t allow posting of their videos. Unfortunately, the most famous Russian comedies from Mosfilm are also blocked on the American continent by YT, so I can’t even post links here so you could watch them on YT. This is something new. I don’t know if this is Mosfilm’s or YT’s doing. The best Russian comedies I am referring to are: Dgentelmeni Udachi – Gentlemen of Fortune (5+ stars); Brilliantovaya Ruka – the Diamond Arm (5+ stars); Kavkazskaya Plennitsa – Kidnapping, Caucasus Style (5+ stars); Ivan Vasilievich Meniaet Professiyu – Ivan Vasilievich Back to the Future (5+ stars); Operatsiya Y – Operation Y (5+ stars); Beloe Solntse Pustini – White Sun of the Desert (action thriller, also called an “Eastern”) (5+ stars). But all these are sold on Amazon with English subs.
Mosfilm allows viewership of some of the older all-star comedies. They don’t allow reposting, so I’ve posted links so you can watch these on YT.
5 stars: Гусарская баллада / The Hussar Ballad, 1960 – comedy/musical about 1812 war with Napoleon
5+ stars : Карнавальная ночь / Carnival Night, 1956 – comedy/musical about a New Year Celebration and a conflict between the old and the new.
4.5 stars: Веселые ребята / Jolly Fellows, 1934 – the very first Soviet comedy/musical about, well, jolly fellows. Cool, really. With English subs!
5 stars: Волга-Волга / Volga-Volga, comedy/musical. 1934-38. With English subs!
I’ll see if I can find other Russian comedies. There are more really, really stellar ones!
Oh, cool! The other studios are allowing to post their movies!
Зелёный фургон – Green Carriage
4 stars: Odessa Movie Studio – 1983. Thriller/comedy. Seriously, only Russians can make a comedy about the 1917 Revolution and 1918 Civil War in Odessa, and make it both funny and tragic at the same time. The humorously told story of a Russian intelligencia professor Patrikeev’s family living through the 1917 Revolution and subsequent Civil War, and what comes out of it. Almost 100 years to the day, and this movie mirrors almost exactly what’s going on in Ukraine and Odessa today. Cruel irony.
Зелёный фургон/ Green Carriage part 1
Зелёный фургон/ Green Carriage part 2
5 stars – The Meeting Place Cannot Be Changed – Место встречи изменить нельзя
Odessa Movie Studio, 5-part series, 1980s. Blockbuster mini-series about the work of the Russian police (militsia) immediately after the end of WWII. Starring the legendary Russian singer/actor, Vladimir Visotsky.
I’m very sorry that these movies were also removed from YT.
4.5 stars – Spy thriller TV series: Mistake of the Resident. I wrote about it, as well as some other notable Russian movies regarding the white emigration and the CIA/MI6/German spies that came out of it, in my post: Open Letter from Descendants of the White Emigration Against Western Russophobia.
Part 1, 1968: Mistake of the Resident (full 2hr+ series 1 and 2)
Part 2, 1970: Fate of the Resident (series 1 and 2 below)
Part 3, 1982: Return of the Resident (full version):
Claude E. Kiesel said: February 22, 2015 at 12:12 pm