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The Island (Russian movie with English subtitles)

"The Island" is a 2006 Russian biographical film about a 20th century Eastern Orthodox monk. Pyotr Mamonov, who plays the lead character, formerly a rock musician in the USSR, converted to Eastern Orthodoxy in the 1990s and lives now in an isolated village. Film director Pavel Lungin said about him that "to a large extent, he played himself." Mamonov was first very hesitant to play in the film, but then was urged by his confessor to play the character. After the filming, one of the movie crew staff decided to stay on the island and live there as a hermit....
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Tale of Tales by Yuriy Norstein (ENGLISH SUBTITLES)

This film contains a lot of cultural references that are only familiar to Russian people. Here, adding subtitles, I tried to deliver the video to foreigners in a most comprehensible way possible. Enjoy. ///// I do not own the video. All the rights belong to authors/legal holders. Mine is only the translation. source
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The Circus (1936) movie

Vaudeville dancer Marion Dixon is with her German manager von Kneischitz on tour - in Moskau. Her act includes a gun shooting her to the trapeze, the stage director there wants a copy of this act for the USSR. She falls in love with a Soviet enginer, but von Kneischitz blackmails her with her dark spot in her life, she has a colored baby, to leave Moskau. The Circus (1936) movie Genres: Comedy, Musical Production Co: Mosfilm Directed by Grigori Aleksandrov Writing Credits: Grigori Aleksandrov, Isaak Babel (dialogue), Ilya Ilf, Valentin Kataev, Yevgeni Petrov Music by Isaak Dunayevsky Cinematography by...
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October (Ten Days that Shook the World) (1928) movie

In documentary style, events in Petrograd are re-enacted from the end of the monarchy in February of 1917 to the end of the provisional government and the decrees of peace and of land in November of that year. Lenin returns in April. In July, counter-revolutionaries put down a spontaneous revolt, and Lenin's arrest is ordered. By late October, the Bolsheviks are ready to strike: ten days will shake the world. While the Mensheviks vacillate, an advance guard infiltrates the palace. Anatov-Oveyenko leads the attack and declares the proclamation dissolving the provisional government. October (Ten Days that Shook the World) (1928)...
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Ivan the Terrible (1945) movie

In 1547, Ivan IV (1530-1584), archduke of Moscow, crowns himself Tsar of Russia and sets about reclaiming lost Russian territory. In scenes of his coronation, his wedding to Anastasia, his campaign against the Tartars in Kazan, his illness when all think he will die, recovery, campaigns in the Baltic and Crimea, self-imposed exile in Alexandrov, and the petition of Muscovites that he return, his enemies among the boyars threaten his success. Chief among them are his aunt, who wants to advance the fortunes of her son, a simpleton, and Kurbsky, a warrior prince who wants both power and the hand...
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Dark Is the Night (1944) movie

A girl, working in a German commandant's office, saves two wounded Russian pilots sacrificing her own life. Dark Is the Night (1944) movie Genres: Drama, War Production Co: Yerevan Film Studio Directed by Boris Barnet Writing Credits: Fyodor Knorre Music by David Blok Cinematography by Sarkis Gevorkyan Cast: Irina Radchenko as Varya Boris Andreyev as Khristoforov, pilot Ivan Kuznetsov as Vyatkin, pilot / Artankin Aleksey Yudin as Belugin, school principal V. Leonov as Veselovskiy, grandfather B. Vyazemskiy as Dr. Orlov Olga Goreva as Ulyana, Old woman Nikolai Dupak as Sannikov, pilot Boris Barnet as Col. Belts (German commander) source
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Kino-circus / Cinema Circus (1942) animated cartoon

‘Kino-Circus’ (also called Cinema Circus) is the most inspired of the anti-fascist war propaganda cartoons made in the Soviet Union. The short is called ‘a cartoon satire in three acts’ and features a Charlie Chaplin-like character, who introduces us to three staged satires, all featuring Adolf Hitler: In the first, ‘Adolf the dog trainer and his pooches’, Hitler throws a bone at his three dogs, Benito Mussolini, Miklós Horthy and Ion Antonescu, the leaders of his allies Italy, Hungary and Romania, respectively. In the second, ‘Hitler visits Napoleon’, Hitler asks Napoleon’s tomb for advice, but the deceased drags him into...
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They Met in Moscow (1941) movie

Modest Glasha Novikova has been sent to Moscow to the All-Union Agricultural Exhibition. Here she meets with Dagestan shepherd Musaib Gatuevym. At parting, Glasha and Musaib promise to write to each other and meet at the next year show. But on their way to love gets Kuzma, who is also in love with Glasha. They Met in Moscow (1941) movie Genres: Musical, Romance, Comedy Production Co: Mosfilm Directed by Ivan Pyrev Writing Credits: Viktor Gusev Associate producers: F. Krasny, K. Lozdnyakov, Ivan Pyrev, M. Velichko Music by Tikhon Khrennikov Cinematography by Valentin Pavlov Film Editing by Anna Kulganek Cast: Marina...
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Stalin’s speech at the parade November 7, 1941 (1941) documentary

November 7, 1941 at 8 a.m. on the Red Square in Moscow began a military parade on the occasion of the 24th anniversary of the October Revolution. A parade was held during the Battle of Moscow, when the front line was a few dozen kilometers from the city. With the enemies at the gates, in an incredible show of normalcy, the annual October Revolution parade on Red Square still took place. Usually the Minister of Defense would deliver the commemoration speech on Red Square, however with the situation in the country dire, and the Soviet people fighting for their very...
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Newsreel No.2 (1941) animated cartoon

A satirical cartoon of the WWII period. The movie consists of the following pieces united by a subject of inevitable death of the fascism that has encroached on the Soviet Union: - What Hitler Wants? - Beat the Fascist Pirates - Strike the enemy on the front lines and at home - A Mighty Handshake Newsreel No.2 (1941) animated cartoon Genre: Animation Production Co: Soyuzmultfilm Directed by Valentina Brumberg, Zinaida Brumberg, Alexander Ivanov, Olga Khodatayeva, Ivan Ivanov-Vano Written by Valentina Brumberg, Zinaida Brumberg, Alexander Ivanov, Olga Khodatayeva, Ivan Ivanov-Vano Artists: Gennady Filippov, Pyotr Nosov Animators: Gennady Filippov, Pyotr Nosov, Lev...
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Masquerade (1941) movie

The play begins when beautiful Nina (Makarova) loses a bracelet during a masked ball. Another woman finds it and without revealing who she is gives it to an ardent Calvary officer admirer at the ball. This officer had earlier spend the evening learning how to gamble from Nina's husband Arbenin (Mordvinov). When the young officer shows the bracelet to Arbenin, the husband starts to suspect that he has been betrayed by his wife, Nina. The film depicts the effects of Arbenin's jealousy on everyone around the couple, leading to a quarrel with and calculated humiliation of the officer, Arbenin poisoning...
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Dream (1941) movie

Completed on the evening of 22 June 1941, the day of the invasion of the USSR by fascist Germany, "Dream" tells the story of the hardships of a Ukrainian peasant woman in a western Ukraine under capitalist, Polish administration. The film reveals the corruption, internal rot, deceit and dubious social values of the Lumpenproletariat in a "large town" in circa 1934 Ukrainian Poland (though, for anyone familiar with the area, it is obviously pre-War Lwow) and how the promise of a socialist Ukraine, "blossoming and prospering" under Soviet jurisdiction to the East, is awaited by the downtrodden and oppressed in...
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The Vultures (1941) animated cartoon

Wartime Soviet propaganda cartoon. The short shows the fascist threat, symbolised by vultures, and glorifies Soviet defence, represented here by the airforce. The Vultures (1941) animated cartoon Genre: Animation Production Co: Soyuzmultfilm Directed by P. Sasonov source
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The Golden Key (1939) movie

The adventures of a wooden boy. The Golden Key (1939) movie Genres: Family, Fantasy Production Co: Mosfilm Directed by Aleksandr Ptushko Writing Credits: Carlo Collodi ... (story "Pinocchio"), Nikolay Leshchenko, Lyudmila Tolstaya, Aleksei Tolstoy Music by Lev Shvarts Cinematography by Nikolai Renkov Film Editing by V. Massino Art Direction by Yuri Shvets Costume Design by Valentin Kadochnikov Makeup Department: V. Shishkov Puppets made by Vera Chernikhova, N. Gekhtman, Roman Gurov, Valentin Kadochnikov, K. Levandovskaya, Ye. Loshkareva, E. Sergeeva, N. Shirkova Cast: Aleksandr Shchagin as Karabas Barabas Sergei Martinson as Duremar, village knave Olga Shaganova-Obraztsova as Buratino (voice) Georgiy Uvarov as...
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War Chronicles (1939) animated cartoons

The story of the invasion of Russia, during the revolution, by foreign troops from the United States, Canada, the U.K., Japan, Czechoslavakia and Poland. Painting the USSR's international foes as bunch of layabouts, dimwits and blowhards, this animated short has little doubt that Mother Russia will remain stronger and wiser. Some sequences are tinted a revolutionary red. War Chronicles (1939) animated cartoons Genre: War, Historical Production Co: Soyuzmultfilm Directed by Dmitry Babichenko Screenwriter: Dmitry Babichenko, M. Kossovsky Music by A. Aksenov source
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Minin and Pozharsky (1939) movie

The film is about the Time of Troubles, Russia's struggle for independence led by Dmitry Pozharsky and Kuzma Minin against the Polish invasion in 1611–1612. Minin and Pozharsky (1939) movie Genres: Drama, History Production Co: Mosfilm Directed by Vsevolod Pudovkin Writing Credits: Viktor Shklovsky Music by Yuri Shaporin Cinematography by Anatoli Golovnya, Tamara Lobova Cast: Aleksandr Khanov as Kuzma Minin Boris Livanov as Knyaz Pozharsky Boris Chirkov as Roman Anatoliy Goryunov as Getman Khodkevich Lev Sverdlin as Grigori Orlov Vladimir Moskvin as Stepan Khoroshev Sergey Komarov as Knyaz Trubetskoi Yevgeniy Kaluzhsky as Ivan Zarutskiy Lev Fenin as Smit Mikhail Astangov...
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Victoriuos Destination (1939) animated cartoon

A short animation about the successes of Stalin's 5 year plans, including the elimination of the kulaks for the improvement of society. Victoriuos Destination (1939) animated cartoon Genre: Animation Production Co: Soyuzmultfilm Directed by Leonid Amalrik, Dmitriy Babichenko, Vladimir Polkovnikov Writing Credits: N. Petrov, Aleksandr Zharov Music by A. Aksenov, Konstantin Listov Cinematography by D. Karetnyy source