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Russian Films

Films are listed alphabetically by the first word of the film's English title, but, where possible, the German title is also listed. If you cannot find what you are looking for, ask an LTC employee for assistance. You can search for more information about a particular film using a very helpful resource, the Internet Movie Database. (Clicking will open it in a new window). Films are subtitled in English unless otherwise noted.To recommend a film that is not yet in the LTC collection, send an email to Viktor Berberi, LTC Director: berberiv@morris.umn.edu 

Title: Anna Karenina
Director: Aleksandr Zarkhy
Starring: Tatiana Samoilova, Nikolai Gritsenko, Vassily Lanovoy, Yury Yakovlev, Iya Savvina, Boris Goldayev, and Maya Plisetskaya
Year: 1967
Run Time: 145 minutes
Summary: The film is based on the novel by Leo Tolstoy. "All happy families resemble each other, each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way," goes the novel's opening sentance. The melodrama centers around a tragic story of love and infidelity, the destiny of a woman wo irrevocably changes her life for the sake of a passion. Anna Karenina finds it impossible to renounce her feelings for the loved one. She rejects the morals of society and tries to defend her right to love. Her husband bars Anna from her son, her aquaintances turn their backs on her...
Format: DVD
Title: Father Frost Russian: Morozko
Director: Aleksandr Rou
Starring: Mikhail Pugovkin, Georgy Millyar, Anatoly Kubatsky, Lidya Korolyova, Alexei Katyshev, Sergei Nikolayev, Tatiana Kluyeva, Varvara Popova, Anastasia Zuyeva
Year: 1964
Run Time: 84 minutes
Summary: Strange Russian fairy tale dealing with a boy and a girl who go through the strangest situations to be with one another. The boy is transformed by a Mushroom Pixie into a bear, and almost baked by an evil witch who controls trees. The girl is given the Cinderella treatment by her mother and her sister who is jealous of her long braided hair. Jack Frost himself doesn't appear until late in the movie.
Format: DVD
Title: Little Vera Russian: Malenkaya Vera
Director: Vasili Pichul
Starring: Natalya Negoda
Year: 1988
Run Time: 110 minutes
Acclaim/Award: Best Picture, Best Actress - Chicago International Film Festival
Summary: This movie, made during the waning years of the Soviet Union, is a marked departure from the "regular" Soviet movies of the day. It portrays the rebellion of the title character, a young woman coming of age. And the realities of things to come are already evident in the movie, with shortages, alcoholism and a sense of social drift.
Format: DVD
Title: Solaris Russian: Solyaris
Director: Andrei Tarkovsky
Starring: Natalya Bondarchuk, Donatas Banionis, Jüri Järvet, Vladislav Dvorzhetsky, Nikolai Grinko, Anatoli Solonitsyn
Year: 1972
Run Time: 169 minutes
Summary: The Solaris mission has established a base on a planet that appears to host some kind of intelligence, but the details are hazy and very secret. After the mysterious demise of one of the three scientists on the base, the main character is sent out to replace him. He finds the station run-down and the two remaining scientists cold and secretive. When he also encounters his wife who has been dead for seven years, he begins to appreciate the baffling nature of the alien intelligence.
Format: DVD
Title: We Are Going to America Russian: My yedem v Ameriku
Director: Efim Gribov
Starring: Dima Danilevsky and Maria Barabanova
Year: 1992
Run Time: 118 minutes
Acclaim/Award: “Gorgeous!”-Pacific Sun
Summary: The tragic-comic tale of one family’s journey out of he shtetl and into a world of unknowns. The voyage is seen through the eyes of an eleven-year-old.
Format: VHS
Title: Woyzeck Russian: My yedem v Ameriku
Director: Werner Herzog
Starring:
Year: 1979
Run Time: 80 minutes
Summary: In Werner Herzog's brilliant adaptation of Georg Buchner's "Woyzeck," Klaus Kinski delivers a wild and stunning performance in a role only he could play. Franz Woyzeck is a hapless, hopeless soldier, alone and powerless in society, assaulted from all sides by forces he cannot control. Abused and tortured, both physically and psychologically by commanding officers, doctors, and his unfaithful wife Marie (Eva Mattes, Best Supporting Actress at Cannes), Woyzeck struggles to hold on to his humanity and his fragile sanity. In the film's shattering climax, he is finally driven over the brink into madness and murder.
Format: DVD