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Recent Comedy Films from Russia
Adam's Rib (Rebro Adama) (1992)
Call Number: HAT AV Video PN1995.91.R8 R25 1994
Three generations of women share a small, crowded apartment with Nina at the center of it all. Twice married and divorced, with two sexually active daughters, one from each failed marriage, she is also at the beck and call of her mute mother who rings her bedside bell whenever she craves attention...
Brigands, chapitre VII (1996)
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.91.R8 B74 2003
With biting satire, jumping back and forth in time, this film condemns its characters to an eternity of irony. In one section, a medieval king named Vano executes his wife for being unfaithful. Seamlessly the film flashes forward to the early 1930s, with another Vano, played by the same actor, portraying a low-down thief who suddenly seizes power..
Close to Eden (Urga) 1991
Call Number: HAT AV Video PN1995.91.R8 U7 1993
In this cross-cultural comedy, Gombo, a Mongolian shepherd, and Sergei, a Russian road builder, strike up a friendship and go on the road together, headed for the city. Intending to buy a TV and condoms, Gombo is on his way to becoming a modern man. ...
Window to Paris (Okno v Parizh) 1994
Call Number: HAT AV Video PN1995.91.R8 O4 1995
A young musician discovers a magic window which takes him from his rundown Russian apartment to the streets of Paris.
Recent Feature Films from Russia
The Vanished Empire (2008)
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.91.R8 I785 2009
Trapped by obligations to his pre-teen brother, single mother, and aging grandfather, 18-year-old Sergey rebels by shirking responsibility altogether. Aided by the privileged, Westernized diplomat's son Kostya, and straight-laced schoolmate Styopa, Sergey pursues girls, drugs, and rock n' roll. ...
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.91.R8 L384 2015
Kolya lives in a small fishing town near the stunning Barents Sea in Northern Russia. He owns an auto-repair shop that stands right next to the house where he lives with his young wife Lilya and his son Roma. The town's corrupt mayor is determined to take away his business, his house, and his land.
Russian Ark (Russkii kovcheg) 2002
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.91.R8 R87 2003
A modern filmmaker finds himself magically transported to the 18th century where he embarks on a time-traveling journey through 300 years of Russian history. The first feature film ever created in a single take.
Barber of Siberia (Sibirsk¯ii tsiriulnik) 1998
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.91.R8 S47 2001
In Russia during the 1880's, the female assistant of a foreign entrepreneur is dispatched to a cadet school in Moscow to negotiate a deal. After her arrival, the head of the school, General Radlov, becomes enamored with her, but the beautiful foreigner falls in love with a young officer...
Burnt by the Sun (Utomlyonnye solntsem) 1994
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.91.R8 U86 2003
Colonel Sergei Kotov, a hero of the Revolution, is spending the summer in the country with his young daughter, his wife and her eccentric family. But when his wife's childhood love suddenly appears, the idyllic summer day takes a surprising turn...
The Return (Vozvrashchenie) 2003
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.91.R8 V69 2004
Having a fatherless childhood, young brothers Andrei and Ivan have grown closer than most siblings. But when they least expect it, the father the boys have never known returns. The boys eagerly join accompany him on a weeklong fishing trip...
A Chef in Love (1996)
Call Number: HAT AV Video PN1995.91.F7 M355 1997
A sweeping romance about a free-spirited Frenchman whose romantic idyll with a princess in pre-Soviet Georgia is threatened by the barbarism of the Russian revolution.
Taxi Blues (Taksi-blyus) 1990
Call Number: HAT AV Video PN1995.91.R8 T2 1992
A hard-working, patriotic taxi driver starts to go over the edge when he meets up with a flaky, westernized, Jewish jazz musician who represents everything the taxi driver despises ... and secretly desires.
Call Number: Hatfield Library AV Video (DVD) PN1995.91.R8 D84 2009
Set in contemporary Moscow where 12 men must decide the fate of a young [Chechen] man accused of murdering his step-father.
Call Number: Hatfield Library AV Video (DVD) PN1995.91.R8 S854 2013
While the Cold War heats up on the world stage, rebellious youth in 1955 Moscow wage a cultural battle against dismal Soviet conformity, donning brightly colored black-market clothing,..
The Face of Russia (1998)
Call Number: HAT AV Video NX556.A1 F33 1998
Explores the art and culture of Russia in a journey across history, encompassing Russia's architecture, paintings, music, literature and cinema. Part 1 examines icon painting, the first Russian art form, and reveals the spiritual ideas that have animated Russia for 1000 years. Part 2 examines Russian architecture from Eastern-inspired onion domes to Western-type palaces. Part 3 explores Russian music and cinema and looks at how new media forms are shaping Russia today.
The Long Way Home (1989)
Call Number: HAT AV Video ML420.G74 L6 1991
Documentary about a Russian rock group, Aquarium, and its dedicated and popular leader, Boris Grebenshikov. The group struggles to make music despite censorship, and when glasnost loosens up the restraints Grebenshikov travels to New York to record an album. Now the question is, will he return to his bandmates and loyal fans?
In the Name of Love (2003)
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) HQ1032 .I58 2002
What's motivating the thousands of Russian women who sign up with agencies to meet and marry American men? From the gray skies of St. Petersburg to sunny California ranches, we see the financial and emotional pros and cons of exporting one's heart. The film grapples with the tremendous economic challenges and difficult decisions facing Russian women today.
Russian Feminism: Twenty Years Forward (2008)
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) HQ1665.15 .R873 2009
This documentary portrays how Russians and Americans collaborated in reviving women's activism in the USSR and post-Soviet Russia and in creating Russian women's studies on both sides of the ocean. The film is based on interviews with 18 experts who were engaged in this project, including activists and scholars. Participants assess the project's successes and failures since the days of glasnost and discuss the stiff challenges that Russian feminists face in the Putin-Medvedev era.
My Perestroika (2010)
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) HN530.2.A8 M9274 2011
Follows five ordinary Russians living in extraordinary times, from their sheltered Soviet childhood, to the collapse of the Soviet Union during their teenage years, to the constantly shifting political landscape of post-Soviet Russia. Together, these childhood classmates paint a complex picture of the dreams and disillusionments of those raised behind the Iron Curtain.
Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer (2013)
Call Number: Hatfield Library AV Video (DVD) ML421.P88 P8779 2014
Founded in 2011 after Vladimir Putin was given a third term as Russian president, Pussy Riot is a feminist art collective/punk band based in Moscow. The group's protest inside the cathedral was intended to protest Putin's union of church and state.
Brother (Brat) 1997
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.91.R8 B728 2000
Danila Bagrov, recently discharged from the army, returns to his quiet, provincial home town. But life is boring in this Russian backwoods, so he heads for Petersburg, to live with his elder brother who, he has heard, is doing quite well. Upon his arrival, Danila discovers that his brother is indeed doing well, having joined the mob. Soon Danila too is immersed in the city's organized crime scene.
Dead Man's Bluff (Zhmurki) 2005
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.91.R8 Z45 2006
Trigger-happy sibling assassins Simon and Sergei work as errand boys for Mikhailovich, the sadistic kingpin of a provincial Russian town.
Night Watch (Nochnoi Dozor) 2004
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.91.R8 N63 2006
Living among humans are those who possess various supernatural powers. They are divided into the forces of light and the forces of the dark. Centuries ago both sides signed a treaty to end a war. Now the battle is about to happen again.
Day Watch (Dnevnoi Dozor) 2006
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.91.R8 D53 2007
Anton fights the forces of darkness while trying to find and save his son, but when vampires from the dark side mysteriously get killed, he is framed for their murders and must now try to escape the Day Watch who is looking for his blood.
Prisoner of the Mountains (Kavkazskii plennik) 1996
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.91.R8 K38 2003
A Russian army patrol is ambushed by Caucasian rebels and two survivors are taken prisoner by a local patriarch who is hoping to barter them for the release of his captured son. A bond of understanding develops between the soldiers and their captors, but it is broken when plans for their release go awry and a chain of violence and retaliation is precipitated.
The Cuckoo (Kukushka) 2002
Call Number: Hatfield Library AV Video (DVD) PN1995.91.R8 K85 2003
In a land torn apart by war, two men on opposite sides are about to find out they have one thing in common. Wounded and emotionally tortured, they are taken in by Anni, a young war widow. None of them understands the others' languages, but it doesn't seem to matter. After a hard day at work on Anni's farm, who needs words?
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.91.R8 A538 2009
In a desolate, sun-sorched corner of the world, an elderly woman has come to see her beloved grandson. He is a young officer stationed at a remote military outpost. With the enemy just beyond the compound, she wanders the barracks, observing the routines of military life, before making a sudden trip into the outlying countryside.
Films from Former Russian Republics
Call Number: Hatfield Library AV Video (DVD) PN1995.91.K2 T85 2009
Following his Russian naval service, young dreamer Asa returns to his sister's nomadic brood on the desolate Hunger Steppe to begin a hardscrabble career as a shepherd.
Color Of Pomegranates (1969)
Call Number: Hatfield Library AV Video (DVD) PN1995.91.A85 N736 2001
Stylized biography of noted eighteenth century Armenian poet and troubadour Sayat Nova, based on his writings.
New Russian Writers
From Read Russia 2012, a new initiative celebrating contemporary Russian literature and book culture, offers American audiences opportunities to meet and engage with a new generation of Russia’s literary leaders and newsmakers.
A Virtual Library covering Russia and Eastern Europe.
Hollywood Films about Russia
Nicholas and Alexandra (1971)
Call Number: Hatfield Library AV Video PN1995.9.B55 N35 1991
Lavish retelling of the final years of the Russian Tsar and Empress. The film begins in 1904 and shows the stark contrast between the opulent life of the nobility and the poverty of the peasants...
Doctor Zhivago (1965)
Call Number: Hatfield Library AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.L5 D73 2001
A poet and surgeon, husband and lover finds his life disrupted by war. It alters the lives of many, including Tonya, the gentle woman he marries and Lara, the woman he cannot forget.
Soviet Era Films from Russia
Battleship Potemkin (1925)
Call Number: Hatfield Library Featured DVDs PN1995.9.S5 B7 2007
Re-creates the 1905 mutiny on the battleship "Prince Potemkin." It focuses on a mutiny by the battleship's crew and the subsequent massacre of civilians, reflecting the spirit of the times.
Masters of Russian Animation
Call Number: Hatfield Library AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.A6 M27 2000
A collection of animated short films by Soviet-era directors and artists from 1962-1990.
Andrei Rublev (1966)
Call Number: Hatfield Library AV Video (DVD) PN1995.91.R8 A63 1998
Story of the famed 15th century icon painter who survives the cruelties of medieval Russia and creates works of art.
The Cranes are Flying (1957)
Call Number: Hatfield Library AV Video (DVD) PN1995.91.R8 L37 2002
When Veronica's lover, Boris, goes to war, she moves in with Boris' family. His cousin seduces her and out of guilt she marrys him. Unhappy in her marriage and still in love with Boris she leaves her husband to wait for Boris to return.