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by Nadia F., a Russian woman living in St Petersburg, Russia

Some famous Russian movies and films by Russian authors:

  • Night Watch ~ Konstantin Khabensky, Vladimir Menshov, and Valeri Zolotukhin (DVD - 2006)
    Among normal humans live the "Others" possessing various supernatural powers. They are divided up into the forces of light and the forces of the dark, who signed a truce several centuries ago to end a devastating battle. Ever since, the forces of light govern the day while the night belongs to their dark opponents. In modern day Moscow the dark Others actually roam the night as vampires while a "Night Watch" of light forces, among them Anton, the movie's protagonist, try to control them and limit their outrage.


  • Day Watch ~Vladimir Menshov, Valery Zolotukhin, Rimma Markova, and Galina Tyunina (DVD - 2007)
    Like The Matrix, Day Watch combines cutting-edge digital effects and mind-blowing action to create a stunningly original world. This Unrated Edition takes you on an even wilder ride with more intense thrills and incredible effects. Only one thing stands between peace and Armageddon: the supernatural agents of Day Watch, who fight to control the armies of light and darkness. When the son of a senior Day Watch officer turns to the darkness, forces beyond the imagination are unleashed and the fate of the world hangs in the balance!


  • Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears ~ Vera Alentova, Irina Muravyova, Aleksey Batalov, and Raisa Ryazanova (DVD - 2004)
  • The Irony of Fate, or "Enjoy Your Bath" ~ Andrei Miagkov, Barbara Brylska Director: Eldar Ryazanov (DVD - 1975)
    An unforgettable New Year's Eve provides the backdrop as four friends embark on their annual get-together at a local bathing house, where too much steam and plentiful vodka result in hilarious and charming consequences. Two men pass out, another winds up in the wrong city, and the women in their lives are left scratching their heads as midnight rapidly approaches in this wintry, scenic delight!


  • The Diamond Arm~ Yuri Nikulin, Nina Grebeshkova Director: Leonid Gaidai (DVD - 2002)
    One of the most beloved Russian comedies, this eccentric farce from celebrated director Leonid Gaidai (based on a newspaper article) concerns a criminal operation which smuggles gold and diamonds inside a plaster arm cast. Modest economist Semyon Gorbunkov and a swindler named The Count embark on a wild series of smuggling adventures, peppered with comic dialogue which spawned several popular catchphrases.


  • Ivan Vasilievich - Back to the Future~ Aleksandr Demyanenko, Yuri Yakovlev Director: Leonid Gaidai (DVD - 1973)
    Inventor Shurik has constructed a time machine in his humdrum Moscow apartment. Accidentally the contraption sends the inventor, the apartment house manager, and a thief to the palace of Ivan the Terrible, while the notorious monarch switches places with them in time. Hilarious complications ensue in this giddy mixture of science fiction and comedy.


  • Operation "Y" & Other Shurik's Adventures~ Aleksandr Demyanenko, Aleksei Smirnov Director: Leonid Gaidai (DVD - 1965)
    This eccentric comedy includes three sketches united by the main character, cranky Shurik, who often finds himself in the most incredible situations. He attempts to rehabilitate a bully over a grueling 15-day sentence, prepares to take a daunting exam, and tries to save a warehouse from certain burglary.


  • A Cruel Romance ~ Alisa Frejndlikh, Larisa Guzeyeva, Nikita Mikhalkov, and Andrei Miagkov (DVD - 2002)
    Unforgettable music and songs highlight this beloved favorite of Russian cinema. The beautiful Larissa, daughter of an impoverished noblewoman, lives in a small town on the Volga River. She falls madly in love with Sergei, who returns her feelings as long as it serves his purposes. In fact he is secretly engaged to another girl, while Larissa is wooed by another man she despises. Romantic complications ensue which leave the lovers' destinies forever changed.


  • Moloch ~ Yelena Rufanova, Leonid Mozgovoy, Leonid Sokol, and Yelena Spiridonova (DVD - 2005)
    In an ominous fortress perched high above the clouds, everything seems in order for a reposing 24 hours. It is the spring of 1942 and Eva Braun (Elena Rufanova) is the only voice that dares to contradict the Fuhrer. She gets caught up in the complexities of a man incapable of human intimacy, making her as volcanic as her beloved Hitler. (Leonid Mosgovoi)


  • War and Peace ~ Audrey Hepburn, Henry Fonda, Mel Ferrer, and Vittorio Gassman (DVD - 2002)
    Despite its reputation as an oversimplified epic, King Vidor's War and Peace remains a stellar showcase of Hollywood prestige. While Cecil B. De Mille was reviving ancient Egypt for The Ten Commandments, Vidor was transforming Italian countryside into war-torn Russia, bringing massive resources to bear on this sumptuous, if ultimately misguided adaptation of Tolstoy's classic. Given the marquee casting of Audrey Hepburn as Natasha and then-husband Mel Ferrer as decorated battle hero Prince Andrei, this is a movie you watch for star value, not literary fidelity (for the latter, look to Sergei Bondarchuk's Russian version). Henry Fonda serves Tolstoy more effectively as Pierre, whose passive observation of Napoleon's invasion turns this grand moral tale into an intimate study of individual passions. The battle scenes (directed by Mario Soldati) remain impressive, as does the film's grand parade of pomp and circumstance. Slow, regal, and peppered with brilliance, this epic falls short of classic but it's still a visual feast. --Jeff Shannon


  • Doctor Zhivago ~ Jose Maria Caffarel, Geraldine Chaplin, Erik Chitty, and Julie Christie (DVD - 2001)
    Lara inspires lechery in Komarovsky (her mother's lover who is a master at surviving whoever runs Russia) and can't compete with passion for the revolution of the man she marries, Pasha. Her true love is Zhivago who also loves his wife. Lara is the one who inspires poetry. The story is narrated by Zhivago's half brother Yevgraf, who has made his career in the Soviet Army. At the beginning of the film he is about to meet a young woman he believes may be the long lost daughter of Lara and Zhivago.
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