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Movies: Russian Cinema

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PN1997.2 .T845 2009 DVD
160 minutes; released 2007.
Set in contemporary Moscow where 12 men must decide the fate of a young man accused of murdering his step-father. Consigned to a makeshift jury room, one by one each man takes center stage to confront, connect, and confess while the accused awaits a verdict and revisits his heartbreaking journey through war in flashbacks.
Directed by Nikita Mikhalkov.
In Russian with English or French subtitles.

Alexander Nevsky

Alexander Nevsky

PN1997 .A43 2001 DVD
108 minutes; released 1938.
Biographical story of Prince Alexander Nevsky and his successful resistance against an attempt by the Teutonic Knights to invade Russia in 1242.

Andrei Rublev

Andrei Rublev

ND699 .R8 A65 1998 DVD
205 minutes; released 1969.
A 15th-century monk perseveres in painting icons despite the civil disruptions and cruel turmoil of his times.
Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky.
In Russian with English subtitles.

Angelichek, sdelai radost' = Little angel, make me happy.

Angelichek, sdelai radost' = Little Angel, Make Me Happy

PN1997 .A544 2006 DVD SMC
88 minutes; released 1993.
This film tells the story of a German boy, who was exile with his family from Volga region to Turkmenia in the beginning of World War II. Accidentally evading the next deportation round to Siberia, the boy is left alone in the abandoned village, doomed for a hungry death.
Directed by Usman Saparov.
In Turkmen, Russian and Bavarian dialect; optional English subtitles.

Aksuat.

Aksuat

PN1997 .A478 2006 DVD SMC
78 minutes; released 1997.
Kanat takes his pregnant wife to visit his older brother, Aman, who lives in the village of Aksuat, Kazakhstan. After the baby is born, Kanat lands in jail for fighting with a policeman so Aman takes care of his brother's wife and baby and has to endure gossip and disapproval from the villagers.
Directed by Serik Aprymov.
In Russian with English subtitles.

Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina

PG3365 .A622 2006 DVD
145 minutes on 2 discs; released 1967.
A young woman risks her marriage, her family, and her husband's career when she falls in love with a young, flirtatous count. Based on the novel by Leo Tolstoy.
Directed by Aleksandr Zarkhi.

Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina

PG3365 .A62 2004 DVD
240-minute mini-series on 2 discs; released 2000.
Based on the novel by Leo Tolstoy, this mini-series depicts the fallout from a love affair between Count Vronsky and Anna Karenina, a married woman.
Directed by David Blair.
In English.

The Anton Chekhov Collection

The Anton Chekhov Collection

PG3455 .A222 2008 DVD pt. 1-6
6 discs; 1094 minutes; released 2008.
A collection of Chekhov plays originally produced for television by the BBC.
In English.

Ballada o Soldate

Ballada o Soldate = Ballad of a Soldier

PN1997 .B355 2002 DVD
88 minutes; released 1959.
During World War II, a 19 year old soldier gets a medal as a reward for a heroic act at the front. Instead of this medal he asks for a few days leave to visit his mother and repair the roof of their home. On the train eastwards he meets Shura who is on her way to her aunt. In those few days traveling together they fall in love.
In Russian with optional English subtitles.

Beloe solntse pustyni = White Sun of the Desert

Beloe solntse pustyni = White Sun of the Desert

PN1997 .B4594 2006 DVD
85 minutes; released 1969.
A Russian soldier wants to return home to his wife but must first guard the harem of a rebel leader to safety.
Directed by V. Motyl.
In Russian, dubbed English, French or Arabic, with optional subtitles in Russian, English, French, German, Dutch, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Hebrew, Swedish, Chinese, Arabic or Japanese.

Belye gory = White mountains.

Belye gory = White Mountains

PN1997 .B4594 2006 DVD
63 minutes; released 1964.
The film "White mountains" tells about the tragic consequences of the people's revolt of 1916.
Directed by Melis Ubukeyev.
In Russian and Kyrgyz; with English subtitles.

Beshkempir.

Beshkempir

PN1997 .B478 2006 DVD
78 minutes; released 1998.
Beshkempir is an exquisitely composed and photographed child-to-man tale of a Kyrgyz villager. Beshkempir is just like any other kid -- playing in mud, getting into trouble, experiencing the first pangs of sexuality -- until a fight with his best friend leads to the revelation that he was adopted.
Directed by Aktan Abdykalykov.
In Kyrgyz with English subtitles; Russian voiceovers.

Brat = Brother

Brat = Brother

PN1997 .B728 2007 DVD
96 minutes ; released 1997.
Danila returns from army service and looks up his older brother, who's become a contract killer in post-Soviet St. Petersburg. Danila is drawn into the violent underworld culture but retains a kind of honor in his dealings with those he comes to know there.
Directed by Alexey Balabanov.
In Russian with English subtitles.

Bratya Karamazovy = The Brothers Karamazov

Bratya Karamazovy = The Brothers Karamazov

PG3326 .B8 1997 VHS
259 minutes on 2 videocassettes; released 1969.
Four very different brothers in 19th century Tsarist Russia who stand to gain an inheritance from their father find themselves caught in a web of intrigue and murder. Based on the novel by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.
Directed by Kirill Lavrov, Ivan Pyryev and Mikhail Ulyanov.
In Russian with English subtitles.

Brat'ia Karamazovy = Karamazov Brothers

Brat'ia Karamazovy = Karamazov Brothers

PG3326 .B722 2009 DVD
3 videodiscs; released 2009.
Four very different brothers in 19th century Tsarist Russia who stand to gain an inheritance from their father find themselves caught in a web of intrigue and murder.
Based on the novel by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.
Directed by Yuri Morozov.
In Russian with English subtitles.

The Battleship Potemkin = Bronenosets Potyomkin

Bronenosets Potyomkin = The Battleship Potemkin

PN1997 .B7573 1998 DVD
PN1997 .B7573 2007 DVD
74 minutes; released 1925.
Sergei Eisenstein's silent film about the 1905 Odessa revolt in Czarist Russia.

Chelovek kino-apparatom = Man with the Movie Camera

Chelovek kino-apparatom = Man with the Movie Camera

PN1997 .C4456 1998 DVD
68 minutes; released 1929.
An experimental film which uses numerous cinematic techniques (split screens, multiple superimpositions, variable speeds, et cetera) to present a dawn to dusk view of the Soviet Union to study the relation between cinema and reality.
Directed by Dziga Vertov.
In Russian.

The Cherry Orchard

The Cherry Orchard

PG3455 .V52 C4 2002 DVD
137 minutes; released 1999.
A woman returns to her decaying estate in pre-Revolutionary Russia.
Based on the play by Anton Chekhov.

Commissar

Commissar

PG3476 .G7 V422 2007 DVD
105 minutes; released 1967.
A Red Army woman warrior must choose between her political commitments and her new-born son.
In Russian with English subtitles.

Crime and Punishment

Crime and Punishment

PG3326 .P7213 C7 2003 DVD
225 minutes; mini-series released 1979.
A proud man who has committed a murder is forced to face his crime. Based on the novel by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.
Directed by Michael Darlow.

Dersu Uzala

Dersu Uzala

140 minutes; released 1975.
An eccentric Mongolian frontiersman saves the members of a Russian surveying expedition by teaching them how to survive in the wilderness. Based on the novel by Vladimir Klavdievich Arsen'ev.
Directed by Akira Kurosawa.

Dr. Strangelove

Dr. Strangelove

PR6057 .E76 D7 2001 DVD
93 minutes; released 1964.
A crazed American general orders a surprise nuclear air strike on the Soviet Union.
In English, French, Spanish, or Portuguese, with optional English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, or Thai subtitles.

Dzhentlmeny udachi = Gentlemen of Fortune

Dzhentlmeny udachi = Gentlemen of Fortune

PN1997 .D9466 2001 DVD
88 minutes; released 1971.
A Kindergarten director and a very nice man finds himself chasing stolen treasure and not for his own profit. His kindness and pedagogical experience have an unexpected effect on the hardened criminals.
Directed by K. Starostin.
In Russian, English and French; subtitles in Russian, English, German, French and Spanish.

Est-Ouest = East-West

Est-Ouest = East-West

PN1997 .E688 2000 DVD
125 minutes; released 2000.
Est-Ouest highlights a little-explored facet of modern Russian history: in 1946, Stalin offered amnesty to all Russian emigrants throughout the world who wanted to return to their homeland and participate in the postwar rebuilding of their nation.
Directed by Rgis Wargnier.
In French and Russian, with optional subtitles in English or French

Fail-Safe

Fail-Safe

PZ4 .B94 F32 2000 DVD
112 minutes; released 1964.
Due to an electrical malfunction American planes are sent to attack Moscow.
In English, French, or Spanish, with optional English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, or Thai subtitles.

Idiot

Idiot

PG3325 .I322 2003 DVD
ca. 500 minutes, 4 DVDs; released 2003.
The masterful treatment of even the most minor characters (e.g. Yepanchin's butler) provides an incredibly rich texture for this amazing story.
Directed by Vladimir Bortko.
In Russian with English subtitles.

Italianetz = The Italian

Italianetz = The Italian

PN1997.2 .I835 2007 DVD
99 minutes; released 2005.
A six-year-old orphan sets off on a dangerous journey to find his real mother while being pursued by police and orphanage officials.
In Russian with optional English, French, and Spanish subtitles.

Ivan the Terrible

Ivan the Terrible

DK106 .I836 2001 DVD
184 minutes (2 discs); released 1944.
Ivan Groznyi. Part I starts with the coronation of Ivan the Terrible and concludes with his return to power after the death of his wife. Part II covers the attempt to assassinate him in 1564. The third part of the saga was never made due to the death of Sergei Eisenstein.

Ivan the Terrible

Ivanovo detstvo = Ivan's Childhood

PG3479.4 .O4514 I9322 2007 DVD
95 minutes ; released 1962.
An evocative, poetic journey through the shadows and shards of a boy's war-torn youth. 12-year old Ivan works as a spy at the World War II eastern front.
Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky.
In Russian with optional English subtitles.

Korol Lir = King Lear

Korol Lir = King Lear

PR2819 .A23 2005 DVD
156 minutes; released 1976.
Girgori Kozintsev's adaptation of William Shakespeare's play based on a translation by Boris Pasternak.
In Russian with optional English subtitles.

Khasan Arbakesh = Hasan Arbakesh

Khasan Arbakesh = Hasan Arbakesh

PN1997 .K437 2006 DVD
92 minutes; released 1965.
Harmless story of Arbakesh Hasan, who has his cart and a horse and all he dreams of is to earn enough for bride-money in order to be with his beloved.
Directed by Boris Kimyagarov.
In Russian and Tajik; with English subtitles.

Krylia (Krylya) = Wings

Krylia (Krylya) = Wings

PN1997 .K79553 2008 DVD
85 minutes; released 1966.
Suffocated by modern-day living, a buttoned-down headmistress reminisces about her glory days as a World War II pilot.
Directed by Larisa Efimovna Shepitko.
In Russian with optional English subtitles.

Ledi Makbet Mtsenskogo uezda

Ledi Makbet Mtsenskogo uezda

PG3337 .L5L432 1998 VHS
76 minutes; released 1989.
This remake of Siberian Lady Macbeth tells the story of a ruthless wife of a merchant. She falls in love with another man, the exciting Sergei, and will pursue a life with him at all costs.

The Cranes are Flying = Leti`at zhuravli

Leti`at zhuravli = The Cranes are Flying

PN1997 .L48 2002 DVD
95 minutes; released 1957.
In Moscow, Veronica and Boris are blissfully in love, then World War II separates them. Boris is sent to the front lines, communication stops, and Veronica tries to ward off spiritual numbness as Boris's draft-dodging cousin tries to seduce her.
Directed by Mikhail Kalatazov.
In Russian with optional English subtitles.

Little Vera

Little Vera

PS3527 .A15 L632 1999 DVD
110 minutes; released 1988.
Young Vera lives with her mother and her alcoholic father, Kolya, who are becoming increasingly dissatisfied with her choice of friends and what they consider her decadent lifestyle.
Directed by Vasily Pichul.
In English or French, with optional English or French subtitles.

Lolita

Lolita

PS3527 .A15 L632 1999 DVD
152 minutes; released 1962.
A middle-aged novelist falls in love with a 14-year-old girl. Based on the novel by Vladimir Nabokov.
In English or French, with optional English or French subtitles.

The Master & Margarita

The Master & Margarita

PG3476 .B78 M322 2003 DVD
90 minutes; released 1972.
A writer is imprisoned in 1925 Moscow. Based on the novel by Mikhail Bulgakov.
In Italian, with optional English subtitles.

The Master & Margarita

The Master & Margarita

PG3476 .B78 M3223 2006 DVD
450 minutes, 3 DVDs; released 2006.
Master and Margarita (2005) is a Menippean film, based on the eponymous book by Mikhail A. Bulgakov. Set in the Soviet Union under Stalin, it has several story-lines, that are intertwined.
In Russian with English subtitles.

Moskva sljesam nje jerit = Moscow does not Believe in Tears.

Moskva sljesam nje jerit = Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears

PN1997 .M6736 2004 DVD
150 minutes; released 1980.
A romantic comedy about three young, working-class, country girls, who go to Moscow in 1958 to seek work, men, and success. The story then jumps forward twenty years to look at the results of their expedition.
Directed by Vladimir Menshov.
In Russian with English subtitles.

Nevestka = Daughter in Law.

Nevestka = Daughter in Law

PN1997 .N484 2006 DVD
81 minutes; released 1972.
At the very railway junction, where the director spent his childhood, lived two people - old shepherd and his daughter in law. Her husband died at the battle front. But she did not believe in his death and waited...
Directed by Hodzhakuli Narliev.
In Russian with English subtitles.

Okraina = Outskirts

Okraina = Outskirts
Devushka s korobkoi = The Girl with the Hatbox

PN1997 .O9875 2004 DVD
97 minutes; released 1933.
Two movies. Outskirts: Family obligation competes with personal desire in a remote Russian village during World War I. The Girl with the hatbox: A young woman who works in a hat shop unexpectedly wins a fortune through a lottery ticket.
Directed by Boris Barnet.
In Russian with English subtitles.

Orator.

Orator

PN1997 .O6693 2006 DVD
84 minutes; released 1998.
A tale of a poor man who is a talented public speaker and becomes a staff agitator to protect his wives from having to remove their veils.
Directed by Yusup Razykov.
In Uzbek (some Russian); English subtitles; optional Russian voiceover.

Oriental Elegy ; A Humble Life ; Dolce

Oriental Elegy ; A Humble Life ; Dolce

PN1997 .O6693 2006 DVD
3 movies (180 min.); released 1996-1999.
Oriental Elegy: is the first among the "Japanese" videos by Alexander Sokurov, where real people are represented in their normal conditions and surroundings.
A Humble Life: is an unhurried and detailed report from an old solitary house, lost in the mountains, in the village of Aska (Nara Prefecture), Japan, where an old woman, Umeno Matsuyoshi, lives alone.
Dolce: is a form of documentary about a well-known Japanese writer, Toshio Shimao, who died in 1986, his widow and their daughter.
Directed by Alexander Sokurov.
In Russian with English and French subtitles.

Osennii marafon = Autumn Marathon

Osennii marafon = Autumn Marathon

PN1997 .O7658 1970 DVD
94 minutes; released 1970.
A mild-mannered college professor finds his life made difficult by hounding students, a nagging wife, a demanding mistress, and a neighbor who insists the professor jog with him each morning at dawn.
Directed by Georgy Daniela.
In Russian, with optional soundtracks in English, French, and Spanish. Subtitles in Russian, English, French, German, Dutch, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, Hebrew, Swedish, Chinese, Arabic.

Ostrov = The Island

Ostrov = The Island

PN1997.2 .I8536 2007 DVD
112 minutes; released 2007.
Somewhere in Northern Russia, in a small Russian Orthodox monastery, lives a very unusual man. His fellow monks are confused by his bizarre conduct...
Directed by Pavel Lungin.
In Russian with optinal English subtitles

Povelitel' mukh = Lord of the Flies.

Povelitel' mukh = Lord of the Flies

PN1997 .P684 2006 DVD
50 minutes; released 1990.
The film "The Lord of the flies" has been viewed not only as the ethnic documentary film but also the feature film - the artistic background of which reflects the downfall of Soviet Union.
Directed by Vladimir Tyulkin.
In Russian and Turkmen; optional English subtitles.

Pro urodov i liudei = Of Freaks and Men.

Pro urodov i liudei = Of Freaks and Men

PN1997 .O338 2001 DVD
89 minutes; released 1998.
Explores the seamy underside of the early 20th century Russian upper classes.
Directed by Aleksei Balabanov.
In Russian with Engligh subtitles.

Qu Viva Mxico! = Da zdravstvuyet Meksika!

Da zdravstvuyet Meksika! = Qué Viva México!

PN1997 .Q84 2001 DVD
85 minutes; released 1979.
A film document of the history of Mexico, presented in four novellas: Sandunga, an exposition of Tehuantepec jungles and the peaceful lifestyles of their inhabitants; Manguei, a love story about a poor peon and his bride; Fiesta, devoted to bullfighting and romantic love; and Soldadera, a portrayal of the 1910 revolution in Mexico as depicted in the frescoes of Siqueiros, Rivera, and Orosco.
In Russian with English subtitles.

Roads to Koktebel

Roads to Koktebel

PN1997.2 .R634 2007 DVD
105 minutes; released 2003.
A father sets off from Moscow with his 11-year-old son for his sister's house in Koktebel by the Black Sea. With no money, nor means of transportation, they drift through the expansive and mesmeric landscapes at the mercy of chance.
Directed by Boris Khlebnikov & Aleksei Popogrebskii.
In Russian with English subtitles.

Russian Ark

Russian Ark

PN1997.2 .R87 2003 DVD
96 minutes; released 2002.
A dazzling technical achievement, Russian Ark follows a modern filmaker across 300 years of Russian history--all in a single uninterrupted take.
Directed by Alexander Sokurov.
In Russian with English subtitles.

The Scarlet Empress

The Scarlet Empress

DK170 .C322 2001 DVD
104 minutes; released 1934.
Catherine, a German princess, marries the Grand Duke Peter, the heir to the Russian throne. Because of his madness, she is able to seize the throne and become known as Catherine the Great.

Schast'e = Happiness

Schast'e = Happiness

DK170 .C322 2001 DVD
2 videodiscs (185 mins.); released 1934.
Happiness: banned by Stalin, this satirical comedy used Russian folklore to bring humor to the Revolution. It tells the tale of a hapless mercenary loser, his wife Anna, his well-fed neighbor Foka, and also of a priest, a nun and other old relics.
Directed by Alexander Medvedkin.
Silent with Russian intertitles and English subtitles.

Anton Chekhov's The Seagull

The Seagull

PG3456 .C522 P7 2001 DVD
117 minutes; released 1975.
A production by the Williamstown Theatre Festival of Anton Chekhov's classic comedy-drama depicting man's propensity for destroying those he is close to.
Directed by Patricia Bannon Bensley.
In English.

Shoes of the Fisherman

Shoes of the Fisherman

PR9619.3 .W4 S4 2005 DVD
162 minutes; released 1968.
A feature-length movie about a fictional Russian pope who attempts to avert a conflict between Communist Russia and Communist China by declaring that the Church's wealth should alleviate the world's starving people and challenges other institutions to do the same.

Solaris

Solaris

PG3476 .S7883 P552 2006 DVD
169 minutes; released 1972.
Andrei Tarkovsky's classic science fiction film based on the book by Stanislaw Lem. An astronaut is sent to investigate strange transmissions from a space station.
In Russian with English subtitles.

Stalker

Stalker

PG3476 .S78835 P552 2006 DVD
163 minutes; released 1979.
A man enters "The Zone", an alien place guarded by barbed wire and soldiers.
Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky.
In Russian, with optional Russian, English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Swedish, Hebrew, Arabic, Chinese, or Japanese subtitles.

Taras Bulba

Taras Bulba

PG3333 .T3223 2009 DVD
124 minutes; released 2009.
Set in the 16th century, this is a story about Cossack warriors and their campaign to defend their lands from the advancing Polish armies.
Directed by Vladimir Bortko.
In Russian, with optional English subtitles.

Taras Bulba

Taras Bulba

PG3333 .T322 2008 DVD
124 minutes; released 1962.
Set in the Ukraine of the 16th century, a powerful Cossack chieftain is determined to regain his land from Polish invaders.
Directed by J. Lee Thompson.
In English, with optional English or Spanish subtitles.

Ty ne sirota = You are not an orphan.

Ty ne sirota = You Are Not an Orphan

PN1997 .T964 2006 DVD SMC
75 minutes; released 1963.
A touching story about an Uzbek family who gIve shelter to fourteen children evacuated during the World War II while their own child is at the battlefronts.
Directed by Shukhrat Abbasov.
In Russian and Uzbek; with English subtitles.

Voskhozhdeniye = the Ascent

Voskhozhdeniye = The Ascent

PG2835.2 .B9 S622 2008 DVD SMC
109 minutes; released 1977.
Tracks two Byelorussian peasant soldiers - one on the path to redemption, the other to hell - as they try to evade Nazi forces during World War II.
Directed by Larisa Efimovna Shepitko.
In Russian with optional English subtitles.

Voyna i mir = War and Peace

Voyna i mir = War and Peace

PG3365 .V622 2000z DVD
403 minutes on 3 discs; released 1968.
Based on the novel by Leo Tolstoy, this adaptation follows the interconnected lives of a group of Russian aristocrats from 1805 to 1812 as they cope with love, youth, financial trouble, military life, land management, high society, and Napoleon's invasion of Russia.
In Russian with English subtitles.

Zemlya = Earth

Zemlia = Earth

PN1997 .Z465 2003 DVD SMC
69 minutes; released 1930
The last great Russian "silent" film, is a story of a young man trying to instill a collectivist spirit in his Ukrainian village.
DVD includes two additional movies by dir. Pudovkin "Konets Sankt-Peterburga" (89 min.) and "Shakhmatniia goriachka" (28 min.)
In Ukranian with English subtitles.

Zemlia ottsov = The land of the fathers.

Zemlia ottsov = The Land of the Fathers

PN1997 .Z4655 2006 DVD SMC
85 minutes; released 1966.
One of the brighest Kazakh film of the Soviet epoch. Since it was shot during the years of the "Thaw", it was impossible to show verily national personalities, their resistance to Soviet ideology.
Directed by Shaken Aimanov.
In Russian with English subtitles.