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