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 beautiful Larissa Ogudalova, daughter of an impoverished, widowed noblewoman, living in a small town on the Volga, is madly in love with Sergei Sergeyevich Paratov. He reciprocates the girl's feelings as long as it suits his purposes. Paratov keeps secret his engagement to another girl and just passes time with Larissa. At the climactic moment, when the girl is expecting him to explain himself, he leaves town to go inspect his estate. At the same time, Larissa is being proposed to by Karandyshev, whom she despises.
Andrei Sokolov, the film's protagonist, had lost in the war with fascist Germany his wife and children, had survived the horrors of a concentration camp. He was already being led to be shot, but at the last minute the camp's commandant, Muller, revoked the sentence. After his release from the camp, Andrei Sokolov marched with the Soviet Army as far as Berlin. But Fate would not stop testing him: on Victory Day he got the news of his son Anatoly's death. And in spite of the fact that he seemed to have lost everything, he remained a good human being and became a father to an orphaned boy.
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 film depicts the life of a sullen, sultry teenager with few goals in life who is trying to deal with a brooding boyfriend, an abusive alcoholic father, an ineffectual mother and the futility of a life trapped in her small industrial town.
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
A Russian army patrol is ambushed by Caucasian rebels and two survivors are taken prisoner, by a local patriarch who is hoping to barter them for the release of his captured son. A bond of understanding develops between the soldiers and their captors, but it is broken when plans for their release go awry and a chain of violence and retaliation is precipitated.
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.
This film is based on works by the Russian writer Mikhail Bulgakov about the 1920s Civil War in Russia. Routed by the Red Army, the panic-stricken White Guards were fleeing the country. Like a headlong avalanche, they carried along those who wouldn't accept the new power.
After a stay in an asylum in Switzerland a prince returns to St. Petersburg to a society obsessed with wealth, power, and sexual conquest. There, two women become rivals for his affection leading to a tragic ending.
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.