Friday, 19 July 2013

Aleksey German: Hard to Be a God - Трудно быть Богом (2013)

History arkanarskoy Massacre (2013)

Director: Aleksey German
Writers: Arkadiy Strugatskiy (novel), Boris Strugatskiy (novel)
Stars: Leonid Yarmolnik, Dmitriy Vladimirov, Laura Lauri
Sci-Fi Hard to be a God - History of the Arkanar Massacre is a Russian science fiction film directed by Aleksei German. Based on the novel Hard to Be a God by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky.

Filming processed since autumn 2000 (Czech Republic) up to August 3, 2006 (Lenfilm studios, Saint Petersburg, Russia). Now it is in the editing and post-production stage.

Film was reported to be renamed recently to the History of the Arkanar Massacre The press has also mentioned alternative title The Carnage in Arkanare, and a film script published under the title "What said the tobacconist from Tobacco Street".

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Vladimir Petrov: The Battle of Stalingrad - Сталинградская битва (1949)

The Battle of Stalingrad (1948.1949)

Director: Vladimir Petrov
Writer: Nikolai Virta
Stars: Aleksandr Antonov, Mikhail Astangov, Nikolai Cherkasov

The Battle of Stalingrad (1948.1949)

The Battle of Stalingrad ) is a 1949 two-part Soviet epic film about the Battle of Stalingrad .

The movie won the Crystal Globe in the 1949 Karlovy Vary Film Festival. .

Aleksei Dikiy, who portrayed Stalin, received the 1949 Gottwaldov Film Festival's prize, and director Vladimir Petrov won the Czechoslovak Workers' Film Festival Best Director Award. Petrov, cinematographer Yuri Yekelchik and four actors - Aleksei Dikiy, Nikolai Simonov, Yuri Shumski and Vladimir Gaidarov - were awarded the Stalin Prize at 1950 for their role in the film..

French critic André Bazin wrote that the film portrayed Stalin as a super-human leader, showing him planning the Soviet war effort almost on his own: "Even if we grant Stalin a hyper-Napoleonic military genius... It would be childish to think that events in the Kremlin unfolded as they are seen here." Richard Taylor listed The Battle of Stalingrad as "a personality cult film"..


Saturday, 6 July 2013

Kira Muratova: Eternal Homecoming - Вечное возвращение (2012)

Eternal Return (2012)

Director: Kira Muratova
Stars: Oleg Tabakov, Alla Demidova, Renata Litvinova

A woman is paid a surprise visit by her long-forgotten classmate, who needs her advice: should he choose a wife or a lover? An outrageously burlesque mise-en-scène is repeated many times but each time in a different place and performed by new actors. Why?

Renata Litvinova

Kira Muratova's latest film Eternal Homecoming (2012) might be seen as an embodiment of her cinematic universe. 'Film-inside-film' composition, perpetual reprises, deconstruction of fiction, estrangement of reality as well as absurdity and melancholy – all these motifs of Muratova are taken here to extremes. But first of all it is a glorification of art and freedom of filmmaking that in case of Muratova never experienced any limits.

The title is a nod to the Nietzschean concept that all that ever was and ever shall be is now: There’s nothing new under the sun.

With her characteristic misanthropic tenderness, Muratova depicts the love of one man for two different women.

Eternal Return (2012)

We see several couples – of different ages, characters and occupations – all confronting the audience with the same scenario, in which a man meets up with a former classmate and, even from the doorway, begins to smother her in his mountains of doubts. Whom should he choose if he loves them both? Toward the end of the film, it turns out that all these scenes are just screen-tests that the film’s producer is showing to a potential sponsor. On-screen suffering is just a route to getting out the hankies – and the cash. ...