Sunday, 27 June 2010

Pavel Lyubimov: Spring Appeal - Весенний призыв(1976)

Director : Pavel Lyubimov
Pavel Grigoryevich Lyubimov (7 September 1938 – 23 June 2010) was a Soviet and Russian film director and screenwriter.
Script: Alexander Mindadze
Operator : Petr Kataev
Composer: Vladimir Shainskiy
Artist: Semen Velednitsky
Country: USSR
Manufacturing : Studio them . Gorky
Year : 1976
Premiere : February 21, 1977
Actors : Alexander Fatyushin, Igor Kostolevsky, Alexander Postnikov, Victor Proskurin, Anna Kamenkova, Boris Morozov, Viktor Mamaev, Eugene Karelian, Victor Mizin, Leonid Yarmolnik, Mikhail Bychkov, Natalia Zakharova
Silver medals Dovzhenko (1977 ) - screenwriter A. Mindadze , dir . AP Lyubimov, actor A. Fatyushin

Friday, 25 June 2010

The man at the window - Человек у окна (2010)

Romance, devoted to modern Russian realities with a lot of tragicomic situations.

Director Dmitry Meskhiev
Actors Yuri Stoyanov , Kristina Kuzmin , Sergei Garmash , Maria Zvonareva , Vladimir Vdovichenkov , Eugene Dobrowolska , Andrew Merzlikin

Script Ilya Tilkin
Operator Sergei Machilsky
Producers Sergey Shumakov , Sergey Melkumov , Dmitry Meskhiev
Production Studio " Turtle "
Year 2010
Awards: Prize for Best Actress at the XXI ORFF Kinotavr in Sochi ( Maria Zvonareva ).

Ivan Pyriev: The White Nights - Белые ночи (1960 )

Director: Ivan Pyryev
Writers: Fyodor Dostoevsky (novel), Ivan Pyryev
Stars: Lyudmila Marchenko, Oleg Strizhenov, Anatoli Fedorinov

Pyryev brings the haunting love story to life with great delicacy and charm, he seems at home in this world of misty romantic entanglements. Beginning in a light, almost detached manner, the director draws us slowly and tactfully into the lives of these strangely tormented characters. Indeed the film is distinguished by a lyrical quality throughout and it is a film of many moods - its early dream sequences include a riotous parody on Douglas Fairbanks and, surprisingly, Russian ballet. The photography is excellent, and captures with enchanting melancholy the leisurely atmosphere of Nineteen Century St Petersburg, particularly the mists at twilight over the river where the two young people meet.

White Nights (1959)

A romantic drama based on novel by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Best film of 1960 ( with the film " Ballad of a Soldier " and " Revenge " ) by a decision of the British Film Institute.

White Nights (1959)

Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Grigory Alexandrov: Circus - Цирк (1936)

Kinoplakat , author Zelenski BA , 1936

A movie based on the musical comedy " Under the Big Top " by I. Ilf and E. Petrov.

Directed by Grigori Aleksandrov
Composer: Isaac Dunaevski
Actors: Lyubov Orlova , Yevgeniya K. Melnikov , Vladimir Volodin, Sergey Stolyarov, Paul Massalski , Alexander Komissarov , Nicholas Otto , Jim Patterson , Fyodor Kurikhin , Sergei Antimonov , Mikhoels , Peter Guraga , Lev Naumovich Sverdlin , Vladimir Kandelaki , Daniel Geller

Circus is a 1936 Soviet melodramatic comedy musical film. It was directed by Grigori Aleksandrov at the Mosfilm studios. In his own words, it was conceived as "an eccentric comedy...a real side splitter."
Starring the glamorous and immensely popular Lyubov Orlova the first recognized star of Soviet cinema and a gifted singer, the film contains several songs which instantly became Soviet classics. The most famous is the "Song of the Motherland" (Широка страна моя родная).

Thursday, 10 June 2010

'Blockade' Movie Wins Plaudits, Few Showings

Genre: Documentary
Released: 2009
DURATION: 96 min.
COLOR: color
Director: Alexander Sokurov
Writers: Ales Adamovich, M., Daniel A. Granik

Alexander Sokurov’s latest film has people reading from a book, one after another for the whole 96 minutes.
“Reading Book of Blockade” has children, soldiers, artists and actors reading true stories about the horrors of the 900-day Siege of Leningrad during World War II.
The film uses stories from “Book of Blockade,” written in the 1960s by Daniil Granin and Ales Adamovich, where they wrote down the stories of the people who survived the siege.
“It was a life-long decision … to make this film. Every citizen of St. Petersburg has at least once read the book,” Sokurov said in a written statement. “I wanted to catch the momentary impression that these real stories of enormous sufferings, cold, famine and deaths produce on our contemporaries, those who live in a safe and comfortable world and, perhaps, have never read this book and do not have the slightest idea how cruel the world could be.”
When reading, each and every person must ask him or herself how to be strong to survive and not lose honor, Sokurov said.
“While filming the reading of the book, Sokurov asked us not to act but just read the text. The book itself is incredibly strong and touching, and reading it sends you through all the unique feelings that Leningrad residents felt,” said Sergei Barkovsky, one of the actors in the film. “The movie sounds like a perfectly directed orchestra with its distinctive tone. You can’t peel yourself away from this music.”
The film has been well received by critics.
“‘Reading Book of Blockade’ is, first of all, a movie about limits and ways to overcome them,” said Konstantin Shavlovsky, deputy editor of Seance magazine. “People reading the book are barred from viewers by a glass wall with water flowing down over it. The ‘crying’ glass is not only an image of a great tragedy, but also a means of dissolving borders, between the living and the dead, between cinema and literature, between the past and the present.”
The Moscow Times

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

The Other Russian Cinema

"With a new film, Alexei Popogrebsky and Koktebel Film are changing the way the world sees Russian cinema." Transitions Online

Saturday, 5 June 2010

Aleksandr Proshkin: The Miracle - Чудо (2009)

Miracle (2009)

Director: Aleksandr Proshkin
Scriptwriter: Iurii Arabov
Cinematography: Aleksandr Kariuk and Gennadii Kariuk
Art director: Ekaterina Tatarskaia
Cast: Maria Burova, Sergei Makovetskii, Konstantin Khabenskii, Aleksandr Potapov, Polina Kutepova, Viktor Shamirov, Vitalii Kishchenko, Olga Lapshina, Zurab Kipshidze, Dima Opanasenko.

Reviewed by Sergey Dobrynin © 2010 in KinoKultura

“Based on a true story... All names and characters have been altered.” The standard disclaimer in the end credits sums up the film’s dilemma quite nicely. How do you begin to approach the story of a religious phenomenon if you don’t wish to endorse a particular point of view, but have your own political agenda in mind? It is through the eyes of witnesses who either did not exist or were nowhere near the place that we see the central event and, more importantly, the historical time. This is not intended as a criticism of Aleksandr Proshkin’s film, based on Iurii Arabov’s screenplay, merely an appreciation of the challenges its creators set for themselves. ...

Miracle (2009)