Category Archives: Russian Movies

Russian Movies Weekend #14

The first movie of this week is one of my favorites. The only problem for foreign people will be understanding of all idioms and accents of people in it, but the humor is pretty international.

Love and Pigeons / Lyobov i Golubi / Любовь и голуби (1985)


Genres/Tags: Comedy, Romance
iMDB Rating: 8.1 out of 10 (based on 3633 ratings)
Director: Vladimir Menshov
Starring: Aleksandr Mikhaylov, Nina Doroshina, Lyudmila Gurchenko
Video format: YouTube
Languages: Russian Audio, English subtitles

 

Description

Vasily Kuzyakin (Alexander Mikhailov), an amateur pigeon breeder, lives in a small town with his wife Nadezhda and three children: Lyuda, who has returned from the city after parting with her husband, Lyonka, and Olya, her father’s favorite. When Vasily is injured at work, he is given a ticket to a seaside resort. While on holiday, Vasily meets a woman from the city named Raisa Zakharovna (Lyudmila Gurchenko), with whom he eventually has an affair…

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Three from Prostokvashino: The Trilogy / Troye iz Prostokvashino / Трое из Простоквашино (1978-1984)


Genres/Tags: Animation, Short, Adventure
iMDB Rating: 8.2 out of 10 (based on 2641 ratings)
Creators: Vladimir Popov, Eduard Uspenskiy, Oleg Tabakov, Valentina Talyzina, Mariya Vinogradova
Video format: YouTube
Languages: Russian Audio, English subtitles

 

Description

Little Fedor brings a cat to home despite his mother’s distaste for cats. He runs away with his talking cat, to make more friends on the way.

Three from Prostokvashino


Vacations in Prostokvashino

Winter in Prostokvashino

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Russian Movies Weekend #13

This week you should see those two masterpieces of the Soviet comedy genre, which are still aired up to this date on every major TV channel at least twice a year.

Operation Y and Shurik’s Other Adventures / Operacya “Y” i drugie prikluchenia Shirika / Операция “Ы” и другие приключения Шурика (1965)


Genres/Tags: Comedy, Crime, Romance
iMDB Rating: 8.6 out of 10 (based on 11048 ratings)
Director: Leonid Gaidai
Starring: Aleksandr Demyanenko, Mikhail Pugovkin, Aleksei Smirnov
Video format: YouTube
Languages: Russian Audio, English subtitles

 

Description

Three stories about Shurik – a young student. He fights against criminals, falls in love, confuses apartments, passes exams – he lives after all.

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Kidnapping, Caucasian Style / Kavkazskaya Plennica / Кавказская пленница (1967)


Genres/Tags: Adventure, Comedy, Romance
iMDB Rating: 8.4 out of 10 (based on 9927 ratings)
Director: Leonid Gaidai
Starring: Aleksandr Demyanenko, Natalya Varley, Ruslan Akhmetov
Video format: YouTube
Languages: Russian Audio, English subtitles

 

Description

A young student Shurik comes to a remote mountainous region in search of ancient legends and traditions. Fooled by the corrupt local governor, he helps him to kidnap a beautiful young girl, but soon realizes what he’s done.

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Russian Movies Weekend #12

This week I present you the Oscar-winning movie and the most popular animated series in Russia.

Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears / Moskva slezam ne verit / Москва слезам не верит (1979)


Genres/Tags: Comedy, Drama, Romance
iMDB Rating: 8.1 out of 10 (based on 10605 ratings)
Director: Vladimir Menshov
Starring: Vera Alentova, Aleksey Batalov, Irina Muravyova
Video format: YouTube
Languages: Russian Audio, MULTi10 subtitles

 

Description

This is a life story of three girlfriends from youth to autumn ages. Their dreams and wishes, love, disillusions. Different careers. And big late love.

The film won an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1981.

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Well, Just You Wait! / Nu, pogodi! / Ну, погоди! (1969-2017)


Genres/Tags: Action, Family, Animation
iMDB Rating: 8.6 out of 10 (based on 4242 ratings)
Creators: Aleksandr Kurlyandskiy, Arkadiy Khayt, Feliks Kamov
Video format: YouTube
Languages: Russian Audio, subtitles mostly not needed

 

Description

A long-years odyssey of Wolf to catch Hare. Comprehensive changes in the Soviet Union pass in the background.

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Russian Movies Weekend #11

This week I want to show you the two Russian movies about World World II I really like. The first one was made many years ago, before my birth. The other one is pretty modern, but somehow it keeps the old Soviet tradition of war movies – probably because it’s based on an book, which was piblished in 1973 (the year the first movie in this post was released).

Only “Old Men” Are Going Into Battle / V boi idut odni “stariki” / В бой идут одни “старики” (1973)


Genres/Tags: Comedy, Drama, War
iMDB Rating: 8.4 out of 10 (based on 4209 ratings)
Director: Leonid Bykov
Starring: Leonid Bykov, Sergei Podgornyj, Sergei Ivanov
Video format: YouTube
Languages: Russian Audio, English subtitles

 

Description

Bogdan Titarenko is very talented pilot and brave leader of “Singing group”. He also must look after some new cadets and fight together with them against German Luftwaffe planes. Close to Bogdan always are his friends, they are all from different parts of the country, but they all became real brothers.

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In August of 1944 / V avguste 44-go / В августе 44-го (2001)


Genres/Tags: Comedy, Drama, War
iMDB Rating: 7.5 out of 10 (based on 1286 ratings)
Director: Mikhail Ptashuk
Starring: Evgeniy Mironov, Vladislav Galkin, Yuri Kolokolnikov
Video format: YouTube
Languages: Russian Audio, English subtitles

 

Description

The movie is set in Belarus, where a team of counter-intelligence officers is given only three days to find a German radio operator posing as a Soviet soldier, behind soviet lines, on the eve of a major offensive.

This movie can’t be called a pure “Russian” one, it’s a collaborative Belarusian-Russian production, but both Russians and Belarusians share the same history of fighting the nazis, so I’ve put it here.

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Russian Movies Weekend #10

Another week – another Russian movies to see.

Zhiharka / Жихарка (2006)

Genres/Tags: Short Animation
Director: Oleg Uzhinov
Video format: YouTube
Languages: Russian or English Audio

 

Description

Russian folk tale. Fox wanted to eat a little girl named Zhiharka. However, to eat the naughty girl is absolutely impossible. In addition, the fox got a lot of trouble.

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Station for Two / Vokzal dlya dvoikh / Вокзал для двоих (1983)


Genres/Tags: Romantic Comedy
iMDB Rating: 7.9 out of 10 (based on 2634 ratings)
Director: Eldar Ryazanov
Starring: Lyudmila Gurchenko, Oleg Basilashvili, Nikita Mikhalkov
Video format: YouTube
Languages: Russian Audio, English/Bulgarian/Chinese subtitles

 

Description

There are three main heroes in this movie: Vera, a waitress; Platon, a pianist; and … a train station where these two people met. The differences in the heroes’ characters and professions, the plight that Platon found himself in (he is to be arrested and undergo trial) trigger a host of both amusing and sad situations which serve as a backdrop for their unfolding love…

The film became the Soviet box office leader of 1983 with a total of 35.8 million ticket sales. It was entered into the 1983 Cannes Film Festival.

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Russian Movies #9

This week we’ll go with Russian traditional festives: vodka, bears and balalaikas.

Peculiarities of the National Hunt / Osobennosti natsionalnoy okhoty / Особенности национальной охоты (1995)


Genres/Tags: Comedy
iMDB Rating: 7.5 out of 10 (based on 3549 ratings)
Director: Aleksandr Rogozhkin
Starring: Ville Haapasalo, Viktor Bychkov, Sergey Russkin
Video format: YouTube
Languages: Russian Audio, English subtitles

 

Description

A Finn preparing a work on the Russian hunting traditions and customs, comes to Russia to collect materials and is invited to take part in a hunting party. His flamboyant companions include an Army general, with more than a passing resemblance to Aleksander Lebed, a police detective, local forest ranger (a devotee of Zen Buddhism) and some big-city types from St. Petersburg. Inevitably, their good intentions soon give way to endless drinking, visits to local farm girls and much else besides.

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At the Ends of the Earth / Na krau zemli / На краю земпи (1999)

Genres/Tags: Animation
Director: Konstantin Bronzit
Video format: YouTube
Languages: Russian Audio, subs are not needed

 

Description

A family lives in a house that teeters precariously on the very tip of a mountain. The balance of the house is affected not only by the family that lives inside, but also their cow, dog, …

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Russian Movies Weekend #8

Another week, another Russian movies mini-pack.

Ivan Vasilievich Changes His Profession / Ivan Vasilievich: Back to the Future / Иван Васильевич меняет профессию (1973)


Genres/Tags: Comedy
iMDB Rating: 8.4 out of 10 (based on 13907 ratings)
Director: Leonid Gaidai
Starring: Yury Yakovlev, Leonid Kuravlyov, Aleksandr Demyanenko, Natalia Selezneva, Natalia Krachkovskaya
Video format: YouTube
Languages: Russian Audio, MULTi11 subtitles

 

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Description

An ordinary Soviet building manager, living in the 20th century, is extremely similar to a Tsar of All Rus’ – Ivan IV the Terrible (1530-1584). He would never have known about this, but one day his neighbor created a time machine…

“Ivan Vasilievich” was one of the most attended movies in the Soviet Union in 1973 with more than 60 million tickets sold.

The Mystery of the Third Planet / Тайна третьей планеты (1981)


Genres/Tags: Animation
Director: Roman Kachanov
Video format: YouTube
Languages: Russian Audio, English & Russian subtitles

 

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Description

Captain Zelyonyy (Green), Professor Seleznyov and his daughter Alisa Selezneva set out from Earth aboard the starship “Pegas” (Pegasus), seeking out new animal species for the Moscow Zoo. On the advice of the archaeologist Gromozeka, they turn to Doctor Verkhovtsev, the director of the Museum of Two Captains, for help. But the doctor behaves suspiciously: he refuses to show them the Captains’ diaries and starts spying on the expedition…

The movie is considered a cult classic in Russia, it was included in various top list of animated films and science fiction films.

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Russian Movies Weekend #7

Today I present you another two examples of Russian cinema culture. The first one… I don’t like it much, too simple. But somehow a new story under this title is being released every year, so modern Russia likes it.

And the second animation is a pretty good short, based on Ukrainian folk stories. The voice of the wolf is… something.

Yolki / Ёлки / New Year Trees (2010)


Genres/Tags: Comedy
iMDB Rating: 6.3 out of 10 (based on 2721 ratings)
Director: imur Bekmambetov, Yaroslav Chevazhevskiy + 3 more…
Starring: Dmitry Medvedev (Russian president atm), Alina Bulynko, Sergey Pokhodaev…
Budget: ~5.5 M USD
MKV Size: 1.4 GB
Video format: h264, 1040×442
Languages: Russian Audio, English subtitles

 

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Description

Yolki (Russian: Ёлки, meaning New Year Trees), also known as Six Degrees of Celebration, is a 2010 Russian comedy film directed by Timur Bekmambetov. As of 2017, six films have been made in the series. It is the most successful non-animated film franchise in Russia.

The films in the series represent a Russian tradition of the New Year’s Movie where films that take place during the holiday season tap into the vein of hope, optimism, and possibility associated with New Year’s in the Russian culture.

There once was a Dog / Жил-был пёс (1982)


Genres/Tags: Short animation
Director: Eduard Nazarov
Video format: YouTube
Languages: Russian Audio, English subtitles

 

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Description

The day comes when an old watchdog becomes useless but the masters…

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Russian Movies Weekend #6

This weekend I’d like to share two of my old Soviet favs from mid-80s. As far as I can tell they are still popular in modern Russia.

Last Year’s Snow Was Falling / Падал прошлогодний снег (1983)


Genres/Tags: Short Clay Animation
iMDB Rating: 8.4 out of 10 (based on 1518 ratings)
Director: Aleksandr Tatarskiy
Video format: YouTube
Languages: Russian Audio, English subtitles

 

Description

Surreal misadventures of a lazy drunkard with speech impediment trying to get a New Year tree on a short notice. Loosely based on folk fairy tales.

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Guest from the Future / Гостья из будущего (1985)


Genres/Tags: TV Mini-series (5 episodes)
iMDB Rating: 8.2 out of 10 (based on 1998 ratings)
Director: Pavel Arsenov
Starring: Natalya Guseva, Aleksei Fomkin, Maryana Ionesyan, Ilya Naumov
Video format: YouTube
Languages: Russian Audio, English subtitles

 

Description

A school boy finds a time machine and he helps Alisa, a scientist girl in the future, to save a mind-reading device from space pirates. Chased by the pirates and followed by Alisa he saves the device bringing it back to his own time.

PS: Absolutely not related to “Back to the Future” 🙂

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Russian Movies Weekend #5

This Russian Movies Weekend won’t show you any animation. But instead you can watch Brat and Brat 2, two movies by Alexey Balabanov, which both became a cult right after their releases. I’m not a big fan of the main character/the actor, but the story and filming are really good in my opinion.

Unfortunately, though both these movies are available online in good HD quality, they lack subtitles other than Russian. So I had to make two torrents for you, with 15 languages in each of them. If you don’t see your subs language, check OpenSubtitles.org

Brother / Брат / Brat (1997)


Genres/Tags: Crime, Drama, Romance
iMDB Rating: 8.0 out of 10 (based on 14996 ratings)
Director: Aleksey Balabanov
Starring: Sergey Bodrov, Viktor Sukhorukov, Svetlana Pismichenko
Budget: ~10.000-20.000 USD
MKV Size: 3.7 GB
Video format: h264, 1920×1080
Languages: Russian Audio, MULTi15 subtitles

 

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Description

Newly discharged from the army, Danila goes to his older brother – a gangster and a killer – to start a new life in St. Petersburg where he’s soon situated in the criminal world and asked to kill someone. There his new life starts. He meets new people, including a girl, and becomes a big fan of the rock band “Nautilus Pompillius,” but now he is a killer, and realizing killing is easier for him than living makes him understand he is going the wrong way.

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Brother 2 / Брат 2 / Brat 2 (2000)


Genres/Tags: Action, Crime, Thriller
iMDB Rating: 7.8 out of 10 (based on 10980 ratings)
Director: Aleksey Balabanov
Starring: Sergey Bodrov, Viktor Sukhorukov, Sergey Makovetskiy
Budget: ~1.500.000 USD
MKV Size: 4.8 GB
Video format: h264, 1920×1080
Languages: Russian Audio, MULTi15 standalone subtitles

 

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Description

Danila Bagrov meets his army buddy Konstantin Gromov in Moscow, with whom he fought in Chechnya. The friend tells Danila about his twin brother Dmitry, who is a professional hockey player in America. However, the team owner, in cahoots with his Russian partner, has swindled the young star into an oppressive contract, allowing them to rob him blind. Several days after this conversation, Danila finds Konstantin dead. In order to straighten things out and avenge his friend, Danila goes to Chicago.

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