My TOP50 Soviet films

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My TOP50 Soviet films

Postby MikLosk » Fri Feb 17, 2006 9:03 am

It's my recommendation for foreigner who wishes to know more about Soviet cinema. I didn't include Russian (i.e. post-1991) films.
I thought of top100 list but that would have too many absolutely unavailable for foreigners movies. This one also contain really rare films, but if you can find them you'll enjoy them!

Kino-eye (Dziga Vertov, 1924)
Strike (Sergey Eisenstein, 1925)
Battleship Potyomkin (Sergey Eisenstein, 1925)
The Girl with the Hat Box (Boris Barnet, 1927)
October (Sergey Eisenstein, 1927)
Arsenal (Alexander Dovzhenko, 1928 )
Man with a movie camera (Dziga Vertov, 1929)
Earth (Alexander Dovzhenko, 1930)
Salt for Svanetia (Mikhail Kalatozov, 1930)
Ivan (Alexander Dovzhenko, 1932)
Outskirts (Boris Barnet, 1933)
Three songs about Lenin (Dziga Vertov, 1934)
Alexander Nevsky (Sergey Eisenstein, 1938 )
Ivan the Terrible (Sergey Eisenstein, 1944)
The Forty-first (Grigory Chukhrai, 1956)
The Cranes Are Flying (Mikhail Kalatozov, 1957)
Ballade of a soldier (Grigory Chukhrai, 1959)
Clear Heaven (Grigory Chukhrai, 1961)
Ivan's Childhood (Andrey Tarkovsky, 1962)
Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (Sergey Parajanov, 1964)
I am Cuba (Mikhail Kalatozov, 1964)
I am twenty (Marlen Khutsiyev, 1964)
Long Happy Life (Gennady Shpalikov, 1966)
Beware of the Car! (Eldar Ryazanov, 1966)
July Rain (Marlen Khutsiyev, 1966)
Brief Encounters (Kira Muratova, 1967)
Sayat Nova (Sergey Parajanov, 1968 )
Andrey Rublyov (Andrey Tarkovsky, 1969)
Check-up On the Roads (Alexei German, 1971)
A Long Goodbye (Kira Muratova, 1971)
You and Me (Larisa Shepitko, 1971)
Irony of Fate (Eldar Ryazanov, 1975)
Mirror (Andrey Tarkovsky, 1975)
Twenty Days Without War (Alexei German, 1976)
Ascent (Larisa Shepitko, 1976)
Ordinary Wonder (Mark Zakharov, 1978 )
Stalker (Andrey Tarkovsky, 1979)
That Munchhausen (Mark Zakharov, 1979)
A Fox Hunt (Vadim Abdrashitov, 1980)
The Train Has Stopped (Vadim Abdrashitov, 1982)
Nostalghia (Andrey Tarkovsky, 1983)
Epilogue (Marlen Khutsiyev, 1983)
Parade of planets (Vadim Abdrashitov, 1984)
The Legend of the Suram Fortress (Sergey Parajanov, 1984)
My Friend Ivan Lapshin (Alexei German, 1984)
Plumbum, or The Dangerous Game (Vadim Abdrashitov, 1986)
The Lonely Human Voice (Alexander Sokurov, 1987)
Ashugi Qaribi (Sergey Parajanov, 1988 )
The Days of Eclipse (Alexander Sokurov, 1988 )
The Asthenic Syndrome (Kira Muratova, 1989)


Nine Days in One Year (Mikhail Romm, 1961)
I Step Through Moscow (Georgi Daneliya, 1963)
Father of a soldier (Rezo Chkheidze, 1964)
Ordinary Fascism (Mikhail Romm, 1965)
No Crossing Under Fire (Gleb Panfilov, 1967)
Falling Leaves (Otar Iosseliani, 196
Don't Grieve (Georgi Daneliya, 1969)
Byelorussia Station (Andrei Smirnov, 1970)
The Beginning (Gleb Panfilov, 1970)
Pastorali (Otar Iosseliani, 1975)
Slave of Love (Nikita Mikhalkov, 1976)
The Tree of Desire (Tengiz Abuladze, 1977)
Unfinished Piece for Mechanical Piano (Nikita Mikhalkov, 1977)
Five evenings (Nikita Mikhalkov, 1979)
Come and See (Elem Klimov, 1985)

Re: My TOP50 Soviet films

Postby arsaib4 » Fri Feb 17, 2006 9:09 am

The Lonely Human Voice (Alexander Sokurov, 1987)

What's this about? A fine list, by the way.

Re: My TOP50 Soviet films

Postby Johndav » Fri Feb 17, 2006 9:11 am

Very interesting list. Half i've not seen, and some of them i know nothing about! So should be fascinating to explore but as you know the problem will always be with availability here. I see Vertov's Enthusiasm is now getting a British dvd release. I've been wanting to see a few from Kazakhstan, such as Fall of Otrar (Amirkulov). Kira Muratova is one director i'd like to get to know, cos many who've seen her films rate her highly don't they? I heard something about a short German season in London, but not sure if it's current/just finished.

For what it's worth, here are the ones i've enjoyed most:

Mirror (Tarkovsky)
Andrei Rublev (Tarkovsky)
The Colour of Pomegranates (Paradjanov)
Stalker (Tarkovsky)
Tale of Tales (Norstein)
Battleship Potemkin (Eisenstein)
Man with a Movie Camera (Vertov)
Alexander Nevsky (Eisentein)
Ivan the Terrible 1+ 2 (Eisenstein)
Salt for Svanetia (Kalatozov)
Nostalghia (Tarkovsky)
Fall of Leaves (Iosseliani)
Arsenal (Dovzhenko)
Ballad of a Soldier (Chukhrai)
Earth (Dovzhenko)
Come and See (Klimov)
Girl with a Hatbox (Barnet)
Ivan's Childhood (Tarkovsky)
Happiness (Medvedkin)
The Ascent (Shepitko)
Strike (Eisenstein)
Unfinished Piece for Player Piano (Mikhalkov)
I am Cuba (Kalatozov)
Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (Paradjanov)
The Cranes are Flying (Kalatozov)
King Lear (Kozintsev)
Ashik Kerib (Paradjanov)
October (Eisenstein)
Daydreams (Bauer)
Child of the Big City (Bauer)
Twilight of a Woman's Soul (Bauer)
War and Peace (Bondarchuk)
Legend of the Suram Fortress (Paradjanov)
Solaris (Tarkovsky)
Storm over Asia (Pudovkin)
Aprile (Iosseliani)
Mother (Pudovkin)
Dark Eyes (Mikhalkov)
Outskirts (Barnet)

The Return (Zvyagintsev)
Burnt by the Sun (Mikhalkov)
Mother and Son (Sokurov)
Russian Ark (Sokurov)
The Thief (Chukhrai)
Of Freaks and Men (Balabanov)

Re: My TOP50 Soviet films

Postby MikLosk » Fri Feb 17, 2006 9:18 am

Sokurov's The Lonely Human Voice is his first feature film. It's really difficult to retell the plot (like all Sokurov's movies). Based on Andrey Platonov's story it tells about young man that tries to find his place in life afte civil war, he tries to find love, to find kindred spirit.

Re: My TOP50 Soviet films

Postby MikLosk » Fri Feb 17, 2006 9:20 am

Yes, John, Muratova (especially her early movies not modern) is something magical.
And I insist that Abdrashitov should be known more widely!

Re: My TOP50 Soviet films

Postby arsaib4 » Fri Feb 17, 2006 9:28 am

Muratova's Chekhovian Motifs is now available, John; it's not one of her best but it'll certainly introduce you to her approach.

Re: My TOP50 Soviet films

Postby MikLosk » Fri Feb 17, 2006 9:30 am

Latest Muratova movies are something much weaker than her best early stuff.

Re: My TOP50 Soviet films

Postby MikLosk » Fri Feb 17, 2006 9:41 am

I should say you know Soviet cinema very well =)
I've seen all films you posted and almost all of them are enjoyable.

Mikhalkov's movies are available for foreigners??? Wow!!!
Of course, I should include him in my list, but I decided to post only 50 movies.
Ok, I'll extend my list...

Re: My TOP50 Soviet films

Postby Johndav » Fri Feb 17, 2006 9:45 am

Any opinions or recommendations please on:

Repentance (Abuladze)- in my holding queue at Amazon, wondering if i should promote it for sending.
Enchanted Desna (Solntseva)
Poem of the Sea (Sontseva)
The Beginning (Panfilov)
The Red Snowball Tree (Shukshin)
Pirosmani (Shengelaya)
Aelita (Protazanov)
Bed and Sofa (Room)
Diamond Arm (Gaidai)
Volga Volga (Alexandrov)
The House on Trubnaya Square (Barnet)
New Babylon (Kozintsev, Trauberg)
Hamlet (Kozintsev)
Slave of Love (Mikhalkov)
Chapayev (Vasiliev)
Lady with a Little Dog (Heifits)
The Extraordinary Adventures of Mr West (Kuleshov)

Re: My TOP50 Soviet films

Postby MikLosk » Fri Feb 17, 2006 10:02 am

Repentance - definitely recommendable.
The Beginning - marvellous story about young talented actress. Churikova demonstrates really great performance.
The Red snowball tree - I don't like it. Mawkish sentimentality, false story.
Diamond Arm - mainstream comedy. The most popular film among Soviet audience. It makes laugh, but I'm not sure if foreigner could understand some jokes.
Hamlet - not very succesfull screen version of Shakespear.
Chapayev - biography of a legendary civil war commander. Historically interesting, but the film itself is not very good in my opinion.
Slave of love - MUST SEE!


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