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August 6, 2023

The Russian Psyche As Seen In Vordum And Other Soviet Animations

Vordum: Price of Death is not for everyone. I grew up watching Ray Harryhausen films, and as a result, I have a deep abiding love […]
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June 25, 2023

A Forgotten Soviet Era Gem “The New Devil of Hellsbottom”

With the number of films produced in the twentieth century, I suppose it is inevitable that some truly wonderful ones will slip through the cracks. […]
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April 3, 2022

Mikhail Kalatozov’s The Cranes Are Flying: Film Craft At Its Finest

The Cranes Are Flying was directed by Mikhail Kalatozov in collaboration with his cinematographer Sergei Urusevsky in 1957. The two men worked on several films together […]
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November 2, 2021

Repentance: A Great Film in Danger of Disappearing.

Beginning a film with the funeral of the main character has been done before but in Repentance the morning after the funeral the deceased is found propped […]
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October 30, 2021

Voyage To The Prehistoric Planet

Voyage To The Prehistoric Planet was originally made in The Soviet Union by Pavel Klushantsev. Somehow B-movie Icon, Roger Coreman, got a hold of it and […]
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October 27, 2021

Favorite Scenes №13: Nostalgia

Andre Tarkovsky made his film Nostalgia in 1983. It is a breathtaking two hours and ten minutes of heart-aching humanism. Nestled in the middle of the movie […]
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October 23, 2021

Gorod Zero: Hidden Soviet Era Gem

Michael Palin enters a banal, bureaucratic looking office where sits John Cleese behind a desk.Palin: Is this the right room for an argument?Cleese: I’ve told […]
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October 15, 2021

Beauty and Tragedy in Kantemir Balagov’s Beanpole

Beanpole is a visually beautiful film. It is full of saturated color and warm light, but from the first seen to the last, it presents one […]
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October 11, 2021

Sadko, A Soviet Feast For The Eyes

Sadko was directed by Aleksandr Ptushko in 1953. It was an adaptation of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera, Sadko which in turn was based on even older Russian mythology. The […]
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October 10, 2021

Andrey Zvyagintsev’s The Return

There is more than one return in The Return, and each return orients the narrative in a different direction. Depending on who is returning and from […]
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October 7, 2021

The Value of Viy

Viy is unconventionally wonderful. As a horror film it isn’t scary, as a character portrait it is a little shallow, and as a morality play it […]
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October 4, 2021

Long Before Come And See Klimov Made Welcome, Or No Trespassing

In 1964 the First Secretary of the Communist Party of the USSR, Nikita Khrushchev, was “dismissed” and replaced by Leonid Brezhnev. Meanwhile, director Elem Klimov […]
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