Made in USSR

Films in the Dash Arts Dacha – Highlights

The Dash Arts Dacha is an immersive installation that recreates the world of the Russian country house circa 1917. Presented by Dash Arts and in residence at Rich Mix in Shoreditch, it features daily programme of live music, films, discussion, plays and late night dancing along with continuous snacks, tea from the samovar and vodka from

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Films in the Dash Arts Dacha – Highlights

The Dash Arts Dacha is an immersive installation that recreates the world of the Russian country house circa 1917. Presented by Dash Arts and in residence at Rich Mix in Shoreditch, it features daily programme of live music, films, discussion, plays and late night dancing along with continuous snacks, tea from the samovar and vodka from

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Cherviakov’s My Son (1928) introduced by Petr Bagrov

Lost in the Leningrad archives for seven decades, one of the newly-discovered treasures of Russian silent film makes its debut at Pushkin House. Writer and film historian Peter Bagrov will give a guided tour of the context, as well as the potent emotional content of Yevgeny Cherviakov’s forgotten masterpiece, My Son (Sovkino, 1928).

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Cherviakov’s My Son (1928) introduced by Petr Bagrov

Lost in the Leningrad archives for seven decades, one of the newly-discovered treasures of Russian silent film makes its debut at Pushkin House. Writer and film historian Peter Bagrov will give a guided tour of the context, as well as the potent emotional content of Yevgeny Cherviakov’s forgotten masterpiece, My Son (Sovkino, 1928).

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Screening of JULY RAIN with Marlen Khutsiev in person

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 6:30pm – 9:30pm PUSHKIN HOUSE Criticised for its artistry and ‘estestichnosti’ in the land of its birth, July Rain (Июльский Дождь, 1966, USSR) has since become a classic both in Russia and abroad, reflecting the mood of change in Moscow at the end of the thaw years.

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Screening of JULY RAIN with Marlen Khutsiev in person

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 6:30pm – 9:30pm PUSHKIN HOUSE Criticised for its artistry and ‘estestichnosti’ in the land of its birth, July Rain (Июльский Дождь, 1966, USSR) has since become a classic both in Russia and abroad, reflecting the mood of change in Moscow at the end of the thaw years.

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Cosmic Voyage (1935): Stalinist vision of the moon landing

Cosmic Voyage (Космический рейс,1935) is an absolutely hilarious Soviet movie about a lunar mission, in which an old bearded professor and his young and pretty female assistant spontaneously take a trip to the moon in a spaceship named Joseph Stalin.

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Cosmic Voyage (1935): Stalinist vision of the moon landing

Cosmic Voyage (Космический рейс,1935) is an absolutely hilarious Soviet movie about a lunar mission, in which an old bearded professor and his young and pretty female assistant spontaneously take a trip to the moon in a spaceship named Joseph Stalin.

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Creepy moments in Russian Christmas fairy-tale films

Everyone knows that Russian Christmas is ten times scarier than Halloween, but few people know that Russian fairy-tale films, traditionally watched during the festive season, are inhabited by witches, devils and werewolfs and contain some really unsettling plot turns.

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Creepy moments in Russian Christmas fairy-tale films

Everyone knows that Russian Christmas is ten times scarier than Halloween, but few people know that Russian fairy-tale films, traditionally watched during the festive season, are inhabited by witches, devils and werewolfs and contain some really unsettling plot turns.

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USSR-Cuba flirt results in campy music videos

“Cuba, My Love” (Куба – любовь моя) is a song, composed in the height of USSR-Cuba friendship and hilariously visualised in this clip.

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USSR-Cuba flirt results in campy music videos

“Cuba, My Love” (Куба – любовь моя) is a song, composed in the height of USSR-Cuba friendship and hilariously visualised in this clip.

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The Sacred War: a portrait of religion in Soviet and Russian cinema, part II (1941-1945)

The following article is a second instalment of the series of articles on representations of religion in Soviet and Russian cinema, prepared by theologian Kristina Gildejeva.

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The Sacred War: a portrait of religion in Soviet and Russian cinema, part II (1941-1945)

The following article is a second instalment of the series of articles on representations of religion in Soviet and Russian cinema, prepared by theologian Kristina Gildejeva.

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Opium on screen: a portrait of religion in Soviet and Russian cinema, part I (1918-1937)

The following article is a first instalment of the series of articles on representations of religion in Soviet and Russian cinema, prepared by theologian Kristina Gildejeva.

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Opium on screen: a portrait of religion in Soviet and Russian cinema, part I (1918-1937)

The following article is a first instalment of the series of articles on representations of religion in Soviet and Russian cinema, prepared by theologian Kristina Gildejeva.

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Stalin was their drug: Tractor Drivers (1939)

I love the poster of the 1939 Soviet movie called Tractor Drivers (Трактористы), as it instantly makes me think of my all-time favourite Jodorowsky’s El Topo.

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Stalin was their drug: Tractor Drivers (1939)

I love the poster of the 1939 Soviet movie called Tractor Drivers (Трактористы), as it instantly makes me think of my all-time favourite Jodorowsky’s El Topo.

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In memory of Mayakovsky: The Young Lady and the Hooligan (1918)

On April 14th, 1930, one of the greatest Russian poets Vladimir Mayakovsky shot himself in the heart with a revolver.

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In memory of Mayakovsky: The Young Lady and the Hooligan (1918)

On April 14th, 1930, one of the greatest Russian poets Vladimir Mayakovsky shot himself in the heart with a revolver.

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Top 10 Soviet Sci-fi films about Space Travel

On this date in 1961 Yuri Gagarin became the first man to travel into space, and today I want to take you on a journey through landmark, culturally significant and just curious examples of Soviet sci-fi cinema (or if to use a more indigenous term – fantastika) dealing with space travel.

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Top 10 Soviet Sci-fi films about Space Travel

On this date in 1961 Yuri Gagarin became the first man to travel into space, and today I want to take you on a journey through landmark, culturally significant and just curious examples of Soviet sci-fi cinema (or if to use a more indigenous term – fantastika) dealing with space travel.

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R2-D2 Soviet edition, 1967

Don’t you think that this robot from a 1967 Soviet sci-fi film Andromeda Nebula (Туманность Андромеды) looks like an earlier model of R2-D2? I like to believe that John Stears and Tony Dyson stole the blueprints and have been enjoying benefits from merchandise ever since. To put the historical record straight watch Andromeda Nebula (with English subtitles)

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R2-D2 Soviet edition, 1967

Don’t you think that this robot from a 1967 Soviet sci-fi film Andromeda Nebula (Туманность Андромеды) looks like an earlier model of R2-D2? I like to believe that John Stears and Tony Dyson stole the blueprints and have been enjoying benefits from merchandise ever since. To put the historical record straight watch Andromeda Nebula (with English subtitles)

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Soviet Terminator: Yablochko (1946)

Thanks to the technique of “optic reposition” (the process similar to cutout animation, but using live action material) the piano player and the sailor are making a real spectacle. A bit of dancing, a bit of acrobatics, a bit of dismemberment. The technique was devised by Nikitchenko brothers in 1946, and Georges Méliès would be green with

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Soviet Terminator: Yablochko (1946)

Thanks to the technique of “optic reposition” (the process similar to cutout animation, but using live action material) the piano player and the sailor are making a real spectacle. A bit of dancing, a bit of acrobatics, a bit of dismemberment. The technique was devised by Nikitchenko brothers in 1946, and Georges Méliès would be green with

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Metropolis á la Marxism-Leninism: Loss of Sensation (The Robot of Jim Ripl) (1935)

On this date in 1927, the great Metropolis was premiered in Germany.  Therefore today we want to talk about a 1935 Soviet film Loss of Sensation, alternately titled as The Robot of Jim Ripl (Гибель сенсации, или Робот Джима Рипль), which is a close counterpart of Metropolis within Soviet cinema – almost equally as great,  but nearly

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Metropolis á la Marxism-Leninism: Loss of Sensation (The Robot of Jim Ripl) (1935)

On this date in 1927, the great Metropolis was premiered in Germany.  Therefore today we want to talk about a 1935 Soviet film Loss of Sensation, alternately titled as The Robot of Jim Ripl (Гибель сенсации, или Робот Джима Рипль), which is a close counterpart of Metropolis within Soviet cinema – almost equally as great,  but nearly

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The ultimate cult film: The Irony of Fate, or Enjoy Your Bath! (1976)

A Soviet television film The Irony of Fate, or Enjoy Your Bath! (Ирония судьбы, или С лёгким паром!) was first shown on the New Year’s night in 1975-6. Since then it became an integral part of the New Year’s ritual, akin to The Wizard of Oz (1939) and It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) in Western

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The ultimate cult film: The Irony of Fate, or Enjoy Your Bath! (1976)

A Soviet television film The Irony of Fate, or Enjoy Your Bath! (Ирония судьбы, или С лёгким паром!) was first shown on the New Year’s night in 1975-6. Since then it became an integral part of the New Year’s ritual, akin to The Wizard of Oz (1939) and It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) in Western

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Colourisation of b&w classics as the road to acid Nazis: Circus (1936)

Colourisation of old Soviet black and white films has recently become a major trend among Russian TV channels. Circus/Цирк, directed by Grigory Aleksandrov and Isidor Simkov at the Mosfilm studio in 1936, also couldn’t avoid this fate, and in November 2011, the coloured version of the film was broadcasted on Channel One. Circus is a spectacular musical comedy

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Colourisation of b&w classics as the road to acid Nazis: Circus (1936)

Colourisation of old Soviet black and white films has recently become a major trend among Russian TV channels. Circus/Цирк, directed by Grigory Aleksandrov and Isidor Simkov at the Mosfilm studio in 1936, also couldn’t avoid this fate, and in November 2011, the coloured version of the film was broadcasted on Channel One. Circus is a spectacular musical comedy

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Amphibian Man (1962): Cousteau, Disney and a lovable gill-man from the USSR

When Hollywood was sweating its guts out to lure Americans away from TV screens with all sorts of cinematic spectacle, Soviets set out to “catch up and outdo”. Thus Amphibian Man (Человек-амфибия, 1962), directed by Vladimir Chebotaryov and Gennadi Kazansky, became the first fiction film in the history of the world cinema mostly shot under water. 

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Amphibian Man (1962): Cousteau, Disney and a lovable gill-man from the USSR

When Hollywood was sweating its guts out to lure Americans away from TV screens with all sorts of cinematic spectacle, Soviets set out to “catch up and outdo”. Thus Amphibian Man (Человек-амфибия, 1962), directed by Vladimir Chebotaryov and Gennadi Kazansky, became the first fiction film in the history of the world cinema mostly shot under water. 

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A Kiss from Mary Pickford (1927): Soviet and American cinemas in dialogue

In the year of the tenth anniversary of the October Revolution, when Eisenstein makes his famous October: Ten Days That Shook the World (Октябрь: десять дней, которые потрясли мир), a frivolous comedy film A Kiss from Mary Pickford (Поцелуй Мэри Пикфорд,1927), directed by Sergei Komarov, appears on the Soviet screens. I find it worth attention

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A Kiss from Mary Pickford (1927): Soviet and American cinemas in dialogue

In the year of the tenth anniversary of the October Revolution, when Eisenstein makes his famous October: Ten Days That Shook the World (Октябрь: десять дней, которые потрясли мир), a frivolous comedy film A Kiss from Mary Pickford (Поцелуй Мэри Пикфорд,1927), directed by Sergei Komarov, appears on the Soviet screens. I find it worth attention

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