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  • War and Peace movie directed by Sergei Bondarchuk. “You are never, ever, going to see anything to equal it … as spectacular as a movie can possibly be.” That’s Roger Ebert, referring to Sergei Bondarchuk’s mammoth 7-hour epic Voyna i mir / War and Peace…

  • The Irony of Fate with Andrey Myagkov and Barbara Brylska. Directed by veteran Eldar Ryazanov (Office Romance, A Cruel Romance), the 1976 romantic comedy-drama The Irony of Fate is one of the most successful Soviet/Russian television/film productions ever, still getting aired on Russian TV every…

  • First, I saw the 2002 Steven Soderbergh version of Solaris, starring George Clooney. Then I read Stanislaw Lem’s novel. And then I watched Andrei Tarkovsky’s 1972 169-minute film version of the book, Solaris / Solyaris, winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film…

  • Vera Kholodnaya. Russian silent movie star remembered: Vera Kholodnaya Vera Kholodnaya, Russia’s top female movie star of the 1910s, will be brought back to the fore thanks to a Moscow theater’s silent film series, reports the Moscow Times. Beginning on November 23, 2005, four of…

  • 4 movie is a cinematic chore Ilya Khrzhanovsky’s relentlessly bleak feature film debut, 4, starts with a bang and ends with a painfully longwinded whimper. Here, I’m using the word “bang” literally, for the film begins with four dogs lying about on a cold, empty,…

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