This film is a fictionalized account of the famed 15th century icon painter who survives the cruelties of medieval Russia and his own internal conflicts to create renowned works of art. This version includes retranslated subtitles and the restoration of 40% of the original dialog.
Nikita Mikhalkov directs and stars as Colonel S. Kotov, a hero of the Revolution, who is spending the summer in the country with his young daughter (Mikhalkov's real-life daughter), his wife and her eccentric family. But when his wife's childhood love suddenly appears, the idyllic summer day takes a surprising turn. A lyrical film filled with beauty and warmth, it is also an indelible account of a man dedicated to family and fatherland, cruelly destroyed by political paranoia.
Young Florya willing joins the Partisans fighting the Nazis in Byelorussia, USSR during World War II. Separated from his comrades during a paratroop attack and struck deaf by German artillery, Florya, in the company of peasant girl, Glascha, wanders the battle-scorched Russian prehistoric forests and man-made slaughter. He witnesses an SS unit's spontaneous, self-congratulatory applause at their own butchery.
The film follows the story of an expatriate Russian and his French wife as they return to the Soviet Union in 1946 and learn to live in the post-war Soviet Union. The story eventually revolves around the struggle of Marie to decide if she should stay or leave Russia.
A rich, successful Moscow professor befriends a stray dog and attempts a scientific first by transplanting into it the testicles and pituitary gland of a recently deceased man. A distinctly worryingly human animal is now on the loose, and the professor's hitherto respectable life becomes a nightmare beyond endurance. Based on an absurd and superbly comic story, by Mikhail Bulgakov.
Ilya is a cripple without the use of his legs. When he aids some weary travelers, they surprise him by giving him a potion that restores his legs. He immediately becomes powerful and sets off to prove himself to his King.
This is a romantic comedy about three young, working-class, country girls, who go to Moscow in 1958 to seek work, men, and success. The end of the films looks at the results of their expedition in 1978.
Famed director Sergei Eisenstein chronicles the events leading up to the Russian revolution of October 1917 and the period of Kerensky’s provisional government until the organized rising of the proletariat
Eisenstein re-creates the 1905 mutiny on the battleship "Prince Potemkin." He focuses a mutiny by the battleship's crew and the subsequent massacre of civilians, reflecting the spirit of the times. This was one of the events precipitating the Russian Revolution.
Anna, vacationing in turn of the century Yalta, walks her dog each day on the beach and is worshipped from afar by banker Dmitri. Even though both are married, they begin an affair that eventually leads to clandestine meetings back home in Moscow.
Tarkovsky’s looking glass is not merely cracked but shattered and we see the jagged, jumbled reflections of its shards, images of Tarkovsky’s childhood mixed with fragments of his adult life--a child’s wartime exile, a mother’s experience with political terror, the breakup of a marriage, life in a country home--all intermingled with slow-motion dream sequences and poetic chunks of stark newsreels.
A recently discharged soldier makes his way across the desert, seeking only to get to his native village. He happens to be in the area usually occupied by a bandit and his gang. The bandit has left, abandoning all the women connected with the gang, and it falls to the soldier to help them get to safety.