Good vs. Evil

Good vs. Evil

Gentlemen of Fortune – 1971 The Soviet Union, like many totalitarian states, promoted a very manichaean understanding of good and evil. In mainstream culture,…

City Tales (Part 2)

The Irony of Fate – 1976 The Russian equivalent of Love Actually (2003) is the holiday classic, The Irony of Fate. Every New Year’s…

City Tales (Part 1)

City Tales (Part 1)

Podkidysh (The Founding) – 1940 Podkidysh directed by Tatyana Lukashevich meets all the expectations of a film shot under Stalin’s rule. There are friendly…

The Soviet Pastoral

The Soviet Pastoral

Love and Pigeons – 1985 Vladimir Menshov is one of those rare Soviet directors who won an Oscar. His coming-of-age story, Moscow Does Not…

A Brotherhood Of Nations

A Brotherhood Of Nations

Kidnapping Caucasian Style – 1964 Kidnapping, Caucasian Style is a burlesque comedy by famed Soviet director Leonid Gaidai. Beautiful Nina is kidnapped and being…