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Film Discussion Lunch - Soviet/Russian Film

Do you like talking movies? Do you like eating lunch? Why not combine the two as our gathering of film buffs leads to free flowing conversations on movies of any and every type. For our Film Discussion lunches, we will be starting out with a designated topic decided at the previous lunch, whether a filmmaker, era, style or genre.

In the 1920’s Sergei Eisenstein helped develop the language of film through montage.  Half a century later Andrei Tarkovsky would dig deeper into the poetry of that language than all but a handful of other filmmakers.  They may be the most important of the Soviet filmmakers, but the story doesn’t end there.  In November, we’ll explore Soviet and Russian cinema. 


Battleship Potemkin - 1925 (Sergei Eisenstein)

October: Ten Days that Shook the World – 1927 (Sergei Eisenstein)

Storm Over Asia – 1928 (Vsevolod Pudovkin)

The Man with the Movie Camera – 1929 (Dziga Vertov)

Earth – 1930 (Alexander Dovzhenko)

Alexander Nevsky – 1938 (Sergei Eisenstein)

Ivan the Terrible: Part I – 1944 (Sergei Eisenstein)

Ivan the Terrible: Part II – 1958 (Sergei Eisenstein)

The Cranes Are Flying - 1957 (Mikhail Kalatozov)

Ballad of a Soldier – 1959 (Grigori Chukhrai)

Ivan’s Childhood – 1962 (Andrei Tarkovsky) 

Hamlet – 1964 (Grigori Kozintsev)

Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors – 1965 (Sergei Parajanov)

Andrei Rublev – 1966 (Andrei Tarkovsky) 

The Color of Pomegranates – 1968 (Sergei Parajanov)

War & Peace – 1968 (Sergei Bondarchuk)

King Lear – 1971 (Grigori Kozintsev)

Solaris – 1972 (Andrei Tarkovsky) 

The Mirror – 1975 (Andrei Tarkovsky)

The Ascent – 1977 (Larisa Shepitko)

Stalker – 1979 (Andrei Tarkovsky)

Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears – 1980 (Vladimir Menshov)

Nostalgia – 1983 (Andrei Tarkovsky)

Come and See – 1985 (Elem Klimov)

The Sacrifice – 1986 (Andrei Tarkovsky) 

Burnt by the Sun – 1994 (Nikita Mikhalkov)

Kolya – 1996 (Jan Sverák)

Mother and Son – 1997 (Aleksandr Sokurov)

Russian Ark – 2002 (Aleksandr Sokurov)

The Return – 2003 (Andrey Zvyagintsev)

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  • Jimmy O.

    re: when we were wondering about SovietUnion/Russian Empire-born moviemakers who worked in the USA…here are two who influenced film history in different ways…

    December 3, 2013

  • Al

    Fascinating discussion on movies coming from a country that has revolutionized filmmaking several times over, from "Man with a Movie Camera" and "Battleship Potemkin" to "Russian Ark" and "My Perestroika"!

    The favorite Russian films from those attending the Meetup were:

    Brad: "Andrei Rublev"
    Elizabeth: "Man with a Movie Camera"
    Mandy: "Chess Fever", "Nostalghia"
    Al: "Stalker"
    Jimmy: "Ivan's Childhood"
    Dan: "Solaris"
    Elizabeth: "Come and See" ("The best film I'll never see again.")

    Some great commentary on Andrei Tarkovsky, by the way - how he's influenced by Mizoguchi, Bresson, and Bergman, and how his films finish on a theme of returning home. Plus, turns out that Mikhail Kalatozov, director of "The Cranes Are Flying", made one of the greatest tracking shots in history in "I Am Cuba":

    Of course, this was before "Russian Ark" - here's a documentary on that amazing single-shot movie!

    1 · November 27, 2013

  • Mick

    Sorry I was confused about the time! (thought it was at 5:15)

    November 24, 2013

  • Harold K.

    Sorry, I can't make it today. Some people coming over. I am very interested. Keep me posted for next time.

    November 24, 2013

  • Pat

    Car issues, can't make it today. Hope you have a lively discussion, will try to make the next one.

    November 24, 2013

  • Al

    Great review of "Mother and Son", by singer Nick Cave (!!!):

    Any movie that can get the author of "Murder Ballads" crying like a baby is doing something very right.

    November 24, 2013

  • Collin

    Everyone bring in a list of your 10 favorite Russian comedies.

    3 · November 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I found a silent movie on YouTube called "Chess Fever". LOL.

      1 · November 21, 2013

    • Jimmy O.

      "The Americans Are Coming, The Americans Are Coming" was pretty good...

      November 23, 2013

  • lisa

    i would've love to have come to the discussion, but i will be out of town.
    i hope all of you have a great time and look forward to the next event.

    1 · November 20, 2013

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