About Soviet & Russian Movies
We all live in this fast developing world, that changes right in front of our eyes. Things that seemed impossible before, take over our society today in new unpredictable ways. Our website was created three years ago as a way to make it accessible for the world viewer to see what was happening on the other side of the "Iron Curtain ", as well as for our fellow compatriots, who emigrated abroad to be able to share their unique past with non-Russian speaking friends, and family members.
Russia, undoubtedly has one of the deepest, if not The Deepest "soul searching” based literature, based on the titans of thought, such as Tolstoi, Dostoevsky, Bulgakov, Pasternak, and others. The eternal question of the Russian people was a question of fairness and justice, which was held up to the test over and over again. The Russian October Revolution of 1917 is still controversial today in the context of " Was it a necessary event?”and "Was it a positive change?” With so many lives ruined on both sides during the civil war that followed, no one can say with certainty that one side was perfectly right or wrong. However no one can argue that the Russian October Revolution was the most defining moment of that time that shaped the world, engulfing almost half of our planet with the ideas of Communism. Russia came full circle, and today there is no more Socialist Society, led by the Communist Party. But everything has its costs, and the changes take time, as the country is continuing to develop democratically.
Soviet Movies online offers the interested viewer the opportunity to learn about the unique history of the largest country in the world, the USSR. While the early Soviet movies of 1920’s - 1950’s (for example, Battleship Potemkin 1925 and Cossacks of Kuban 1949,) are cinematographic reflections of the Soviet Propaganda, based on glorifying and white-washing of everything related to the Communist ideology, they are a great source for understanding that point in time. The changes and challenges of the Soviet Society, such as industrialization, free education of the masses and granted access of the common man to the national cultural treasures, reshaped the society over time in more positive ways. All of that found colorful reflection in the Soviet Movies. The cinematography of the 1960-1980 offers countless Russian classics, which were brought to screens, such as Anna Karenina (1967), War and Peace (1966), and superior executions of screenplays of foreign classics, such as The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1980), D’Artagnan and three Musketeers (1979). At the same time many satiric comedies were produced, where the new, fresh view of movie directors highlighted on some faults, associated with the socialism way of living, when everyone was attempted to be shaped into the "perfect comrade”. Twelve Chairs (1971), The Diamond Arm (1968), and Irony of Fate (1975) are few classic examples of Soviet satire, that would be unthinkable to appear on the screens during Stalinists times. At this time Russian cinematography makes its first major step towards re-evaluation of it’s past, and the Bolshevik Revolution. The Flight (1970), Doctor Zhivago (2005), and Admiral (2008). All of those movies are comprehensive reflections on the tragedy of the Revolution, the devastation of the Civil War, and broken lives.
The separate place in Soviet and Russian cinematography belongs to the movies dedicated to the Great Patriotic War, known as WWII in the West, the bloodiest war in the history of mankind. Affecting every family in the Soviet Union, it claimed over 27 million lives, most of those being lost lives of the civil population due to the Nazi invasion. The heroism of the Soviet soldiers shown in the war was unparalleled, their endurance and patriotism unsurpassed. Some examples of the earlier war movies are One-Two, Soldiers Were Going... (1977), Only Old Men Are Going to Battle (1973), They fought for their country (1975) offer a great reflection on patriotism of the soldiers. Trilogy Burnt by the Sun (1994) won an Oscar in 1995 for the best International Film, and the Grand Prize in Cannes of 1994. It has the new take on war, where strong anti-Stalinist ideas live side by side with a sense of patriotism, hate for fascism, resilience of the Soviet people, and feelings of compassion and the eternal search of the main hero for truth. Some modern bright examples of Great Patriotic War movies, Brest Fortress of War (2010), Come and see (1985), Panfilov's 28 men (2016), Battle for Sevastopol (2015), are just a few to mention. Many people find them to be so realistic and raw that they can scare the unprepared viewer by the ugliness and cruelty of war.
The dissolution of the Soviet Union brought the turbulent times of the 90’s in Russia and all former Socialist Republics. Crime skyrocketed literally overnight, making opportunities for the Mafia, flourishing State scale corruption scandals, birth of Oligarchy, unlawfulness, unemployment. Many former Soviet people, who were just recently yearning for democracy, freedom of speech and the ability to travel the world, now found themselves jobless, their country being ripped apart and robbed inside and out. Brother (1997) and Brother 2 (2000), as well as Criminal Petersburg sequel truthfully reflect the turbulent, violent 90’s, when the country was turned upside down.
Some modern Russian movies are dedicated to highlight many achievements of Soviet Union, such as the success in Space Programs, the great examples of those movies would be thrilling docudramas The time of the Pioneers (2017), Gagarin (2013). Legend 17 (2013) helps the viewer to appreciate the sports achievements of Soviet athletes during the times of the Cold War. The modern thrillers in Russia Flight Crew ( 2016), Metro (2013) are rivals to the ones made in this same genre in the West. Caravan Hunters (2010) is a great historical movie about the Afghan War, when the Soviet Union was the first and only country fighting the modern terrorism at its roots.
The strongest side of Russian movies, as well as Russian literature comes from the depths of the story told in it. The main heroes often go through the personal growth, self reflection and continuous search for truth. Whether it is older Soviet movies, such as an Oscar Winner of 1980 for Best Foreign Film Moscow does not believe in Tears, or modern controversial movie like Leviathan, that earned the Best Foreign Language Film award at the 72nd Golden Globe Awards, Loveless (2017), that won the Jury Prize at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, or The Island (2006) , they all have one common denominator, soul searching and accountability for one’s choices in life. Russian historic sequels are among the most captivating, astonishingly beautiful and engaging movies, that offer a great colorful glimpse to the past of the Tsarists era in Russia, and expand the understanding of the world. Ekaterina, Ekaterina/the Rise (2015) is a perfect example
The joy of gaining knowledge about the world that surrounds us is hard to overestimate, and we are proud to present you with this opportunity to sit back, and enjoy watching something new, fresh and different, and then make your own judgement.