Saturday, February 25, 2006

Russian Film Recommendations

I have been inspired to post to this old blog by a friend from work who has become obsessed with Night Watch. He asked me to recommend some other Russian movies. So here is a list of some of my favorite Russian films to start with (I'm sure I'm forgetting some at the moment):

Operation Y (1965, directed by Leonid Gaidai)
Kidnapping Caucasian Style (1996, also by Leonid Gaidai)
Peculiarities of the National Fishing (1998, Aleksandr Rogozhkin)
Khochu v tyurmu* (1999, Alla Surikova)

Contemporary Dramas:
The Return (2003, Andrei Zvyagintsev)
Burnt by the Sun (1994, Nikita Mikhalkov)
The Cuckoo (2002, Aleksandr Rogozhkin)
Of Freaks and Men (1998, Aleksei Balabanov)

Classic Dramas:
My Name is Ivan (or Ivan's Childhood) (1962, Andrei Tarkovsky)
Ballad of a Soldier (1959, Grigori Chukhrai)
Kalina Krasnaya* (aka The Red Snowball Tree) (1973, Vasilii Shukshin)

The Man with a Movie Camera (1929, Dziga Vertov)

*I don't think this is available subtitled, but if anyone can find it, Ryan can.

Discussion of other contemporary Russian films can be found at Kino Kultura and Images Journal.