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This is a film, made for adults, based on a Russian folk tale. It tells the story of the unsuccessful matchmaking of a stork and a heron. ... Read more
A grateful patient sends the family doctor a bronze statue of embarrassing nudity. He hurriedly makes a present of it to his lawyer, starting the odyssey of this disturbing work of art... ... Read more
Georgi Schengelaja's comic drama involves the journey of a young folk musician in Georgia in 1908, who unwittingly finds himself in the midst of a middle-class and peasant revolt against the Tsar. His encounters with the villagers are colourful and droll, yet, at the same time, tinged with tragedy ... Read more
During the 13th Century Russia was endangered by the invasion of the Teutonic Knights, the founders of Prussia. Under the leadership of Prince Alexander Nevsky the Russians unite and counter the German onslaught on the ice of Lake Peipus, and defeat them. ... The commencement of the battle on the ... Read more
Ageing, gravely ill, physicist Dronov is engaged in the development of a space engine, when his doctor orders htm to stop working. He hands over the direction of his experiments to his favourite pupil, Vyazmin, who, however, hasn't the stature to cope with the irresponsible egotism of the director ... Read more
A short film which begins with a village ... family reunion... ... Read more
Eldar Riazanov has made a number of comedies, including the highly successful Watch That Car, shown at an earlier Festival. An Office Affair is set in a statistical office in Moscow.The head of the office is a woman statistician, Director Kalugina, who seems to have few interests outside her work ... Read more
Andrei Roublev is the second film of award-winning director Andrei Tarkovsky. Ivan's Childhood, Roublev and Solaris have all been awarded prizes at major film festivals. Roublev, made in 1966, has been kept on the shelf in the USSR for several years, following charges that it was 'unhistorical' ... Read more
... ... Andrei Mikhalkov-Konchalovsky, brother of Nikica Mikhalkov, has of late been working outside of the Soviet Union on a number of American financed projects such as Mario's Lovers, Shy People and the brilliant Runaway Train. His earlier films (Siberiode, A Nest of Genlry, Uncle Vanya) will be ... Read more
Autumn Marathon tells of a gentle-souled English translator in Leningrad who can't keep his private affairs apart from his duties - that is, he has a mistress on the side and a wife he loves. In addition, his Danish neighbour likes to go jogging each morning and punctually rings his doorbell at ... Read more
Featuring "Take 5" Dave Brubeck and sax Paul Desmond, a playful look at the Soviet economy - the inefficiency, repetitiveness and futility. ... Read more
Will the arms race ever stop? ... Read more
Four former World War II veterans meet after 25 years, at the funeral of a fifth friend. Radio operator Dubinsky is now a bookkeeper; demolition man Kiryushin is a journalist; the former commander of a sappers' company, Kharlamov is a factory manager, and Prikhodko is a worker. The four spend a day ... Read more
An interesting study of the region where the world of plants and animals overlap. ... Read more
If perestroika seems slow to influence Soviet features, its effect on documentaries is clear in Black Square, an original and lively look at 20th century avant-garde painting in the USSR. ... Directer Pasternak approaches his subject with a real feeling for the visual and for the joys of ... Read more
Anna, George, Berta and Edward live in a world of bureaucracy. An animated fantasy, inspired by the famous painting by Manet. ... Multi-award winner from Estonia., including Grand Prix and Critics Prize, Zagreb Animation Festival, 1988. ... Read more
Another curiously withheld Soviet film dating from 1967, this hitherto unknown work is one of the most sought-after Soviet entries on the festival circuit this year Made when she was 35, Muratova directs, co-writes and stars in this charming, light-hearted study of a female bureaucrat and her maid ... Read more
A documentary about the lives of three strip-tease girls - Tina, Julie and Katy. The sordid world of the Soho Strip Club is their work place, but their private lives are no different from those of any other attractive girls in London. ... Read more
Chuk and Gek is the story of two four-year-olds and their adventures in a deserted mountain hut high up in the Blue Mountains. The performances of the two strange, gnome-like little urchins are miraculously unaffected and the film has a genuine and fairy tale charm. ... Read more
Sosiko's parents had sent their son to study in Paris. He comes home with the camera of the Lumiere brothers. The young man wanders through the streets of Tiflis photographing ever so many scenes: the flight of a balloon, a stage performance in the Metechskij Fortress and his beloved and delightful ... Read more
In July, 1955, the inhabitants of Osh, a town in Kirghizia, witnessed the departure of a mountaineering party which set out to scale the heights of the Mazar Range in northwestern Pamirs. Though not the highest, they had for long remained unconquered by man… The last laborious stretch is ... Read more
36 cameramen collected material on the 16th September 1959 from many parts of the Soviet Union to give a kaleidoscopic impression of the life of its people. ... Read more
Filippok, an elderly writer, visits his wife, Zinochka, in hospital. He presents her with an edition of his new book, which is a collection of autobiographical reminiscences. The film then moves into the past and shows episodes from the writer's life. ... The Civil War is raging. The young Filippok ... Read more
Late one evening in Moscow in 1937, Defence Councel Sedov hears a knock at the door. Three women whose agronomist husbands have been sentenced to death for alleged sabotage beg him to take on the seemingly hopeless task of saving them. Sedov embarks upon a succession of encounters with increasingly ... Read more
"In the beginning I led a very ordinary life. . ." This is the way Andrei Sokolov, the hero of A Man's Destiny by Mikhail Sholokhov, starts to tell us about himself. A simple, unadorned story of a plain man who has shouldered the full brunt of the desperate battle against fascism. . .this ... Read more
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