OBSKURA FILM EVENT: Soviet Horror Movie Night comes to London

Calling all film buffs in London! We’re bringing two bizarre horror flicks straight from the USSR.

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OBSKURA FILM EVENT: Soviet Horror Movie Night comes to London

Calling all film buffs in London! We’re bringing two bizarre horror flicks straight from the USSR.

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Obscene music video from the USSR: Faina by Na-Na

Continuing on the subject of music videos from behind the Iron Curtain, we bring you this infamous product of post-Soviet madness 

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Obscene music video from the USSR: Faina by Na-Na

Continuing on the subject of music videos from behind the Iron Curtain, we bring you this infamous product of post-Soviet madness 

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Upyr (1997): vampires take over the Russian mafia

Upyr (Упырь, 1997) is a very peculiar example of the post-Soviet Russian crime cinema, because apart from picturing the world of organised crime, blooming after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Upyr is also a vampire film

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Upyr (1997): vampires take over the Russian mafia

Upyr (Упырь, 1997) is a very peculiar example of the post-Soviet Russian crime cinema, because apart from picturing the world of organised crime, blooming after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Upyr is also a vampire film

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Happy birthday, Obskura!

On this day a year ago we officially started working on what became known as Obskura.

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Happy birthday, Obskura!

On this day a year ago we officially started working on what became known as Obskura.

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Zero City (1989): dark absurdist tale in 10 frames

In the film Zero City (Город Зеро, 1989) by Karen Shakhnazarov, Buñuel meets Kafka, and Bakhtin’s notion of carnival, applied to Soviet daily life of the pre-collapse period, becomes perverted and reduces itself to a darkly troubling satire.

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Zero City (1989): dark absurdist tale in 10 frames

In the film Zero City (Город Зеро, 1989) by Karen Shakhnazarov, Buñuel meets Kafka, and Bakhtin’s notion of carnival, applied to Soviet daily life of the pre-collapse period, becomes perverted and reduces itself to a darkly troubling satire.

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Vladimir Ilyich Presents: Soviet Horror Movie Night

We screened this little video to introduce our Soviet Horror Movie Night in Riga (August 28).

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Vladimir Ilyich Presents: Soviet Horror Movie Night

We screened this little video to introduce our Soviet Horror Movie Night in Riga (August 28).

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Erotic moments in Soviet cinema landmarks

A detailed portrayal of a sexual intercourse in Soviet underground cinema of the 1980s is no big deal. But sex and erotic moments in the so-called official cinema – box office leaders, produced by the main state studios, – is a rare pleasure. Today we will overview the hottest bits of the USSR’s official cinema and

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Erotic moments in Soviet cinema landmarks

A detailed portrayal of a sexual intercourse in Soviet underground cinema of the 1980s is no big deal. But sex and erotic moments in the so-called official cinema – box office leaders, produced by the main state studios, – is a rare pleasure. Today we will overview the hottest bits of the USSR’s official cinema and

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Soviet Horror Movie Night: Event report

On August 28 we organised our first movie night in Riga (Latvia) in collaboration with Kalnciema Kvartāls and with support of Mosfilm and Belarusfilm studios. About 150 people came to see two great Soviet horror films Viy (1967) and Savage Hunt of King Stakh (1978).

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Soviet Horror Movie Night: Event report

On August 28 we organised our first movie night in Riga (Latvia) in collaboration with Kalnciema Kvartāls and with support of Mosfilm and Belarusfilm studios. About 150 people came to see two great Soviet horror films Viy (1967) and Savage Hunt of King Stakh (1978).

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OBSKURA FILM EVENT: Soviet Horror Movie Night, August 28, Riga

On August 28 we’ll be organising our first movie night in Riga (Latvia) in collaboration with Kalnciema Kvartāls.

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OBSKURA FILM EVENT: Soviet Horror Movie Night, August 28, Riga

On August 28 we’ll be organising our first movie night in Riga (Latvia) in collaboration with Kalnciema Kvartāls.

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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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J-horror, K-horror… Y-horror?

Since discussing the impact of J-horror on American horror cinema is already considered bad manners, film critics direct their attention to a series of regional re-inventions, namely from South Korea, Hong Kong and Thailand. However, not many people know that the Ring virus has spread up north-west from Japan to ex-Soviet area.

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J-horror, K-horror… Y-horror?

Since discussing the impact of J-horror on American horror cinema is already considered bad manners, film critics direct their attention to a series of regional re-inventions, namely from South Korea, Hong Kong and Thailand. However, not many people know that the Ring virus has spread up north-west from Japan to ex-Soviet area.

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Happy birthday, Viktor Tsoi!

Today Viktor Tsoi would have turned 51. Tsoi and his songs were a symbol of freedom for many people of perestroika generation. He died in a car accident on August 15, 1990, aged 28, but as his devoted fans keep saying until today: “Tsoi zhiv!”(Tsoi is alive).

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Happy birthday, Viktor Tsoi!

Today Viktor Tsoi would have turned 51. Tsoi and his songs were a symbol of freedom for many people of perestroika generation. He died in a car accident on August 15, 1990, aged 28, but as his devoted fans keep saying until today: “Tsoi zhiv!”(Tsoi is alive).

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Six letters about beat: Pre-Kino Soviet Rock

Six Letters About Beat is a 1977 student short film that takes a form of visual “letters to the editor” from people of all walks of life – a conservative couple, a groupie girl, members of an amateur rock band, a sociology professor. The letters attack, defend, justify and explain rock music.

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Six letters about beat: Pre-Kino Soviet Rock

Six Letters About Beat is a 1977 student short film that takes a form of visual “letters to the editor” from people of all walks of life – a conservative couple, a groupie girl, members of an amateur rock band, a sociology professor. The letters attack, defend, justify and explain rock music.

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Hagi-Tragger – Russian Evil doll

Hagi-Tragger is a 1994 mystical thriller/crime/action film that is known as the Russian take on evil puppet/doll subgenre. If Chucky is the most famous evil doll of the West, then Hagi is his Eastern counterpart.

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Hagi-Tragger – Russian Evil doll

Hagi-Tragger is a 1994 mystical thriller/crime/action film that is known as the Russian take on evil puppet/doll subgenre. If Chucky is the most famous evil doll of the West, then Hagi is his Eastern counterpart.

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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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Lenin was a mushroom: Kuryokhin’s TV mystification

In May 1991 many Soviet people’s notions and beliefs collapsed. Not because the Soviet system was crumbling little by little, but because they suddenly found out that Vladimir Lenin, the leader of the Great Socialist October Revolution and the founder of the USSR, was in fact a mushroom.

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Lenin was a mushroom: Kuryokhin’s TV mystification

In May 1991 many Soviet people’s notions and beliefs collapsed. Not because the Soviet system was crumbling little by little, but because they suddenly found out that Vladimir Lenin, the leader of the Great Socialist October Revolution and the founder of the USSR, was in fact a mushroom.

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Top 10 Undead in Soviet/Russian Film

The concept of the undead pervades world horror cinema, and it would have been very impractical to try and compile a list of undead film characters from, for example, American or Japanese films. But within Soviet/Russian cinema undead are very rare species.

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Top 10 Undead in Soviet/Russian Film

The concept of the undead pervades world horror cinema, and it would have been very impractical to try and compile a list of undead film characters from, for example, American or Japanese films. But within Soviet/Russian cinema undead are very rare species.

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Soviet psychedelia: The Legends of the Peruvian Indians (1979)

This incredible animation film is based on the legends of the ancient Peruvians, recreated from drawings. The drawings also inspired the psychoactive visuals of the animation, which along with an Aztec lute on the soundtrack, liken it to a psychedelic experience.

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Soviet psychedelia: The Legends of the Peruvian Indians (1979)

This incredible animation film is based on the legends of the ancient Peruvians, recreated from drawings. The drawings also inspired the psychoactive visuals of the animation, which along with an Aztec lute on the soundtrack, liken it to a psychedelic experience.

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