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The Second Circle

The Second Circle

Director: Aleksandr Sokurov
Year: 1990

Returning to the marriage of minimalism and sense of deep bereavement he is known for, Sokurov presents an unforgettable drama of filial regret. As a son grapples with his father's threadbare last rites, the mundane details of loss are elevated to a level of poetic dignity -- in a manner that has reminded many of Tarkovsky at his most profound.

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Without Witness

Without Witness

Director: Nikita Mikhalkov
Year: 1984

While watching TV at home alone, a woman receives a visit from her now remarried ex-husband. But as banalities about old friends, old times, and their absent teenage son give way to increasingly confrontational verbal barbs, the threadbare camouflage of hospitality and cheap nostalgia masking the couple's raw wounds and harsh agendas is ripped away.

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The Cigarette Girl of Mosselprom

The Cigarette Girl of Mosselprom

Director: Yuri Zhelyabuzhsky
Year: 1924

Exploding the myth that the Soviet silent cinema was limited to political propaganda, Yuri Zhelyabuzhsky’s THE CIGARETTE GIRL OF MOSSELPROM is a playful romantic comedy set on the streets of 1924 Moscow, occasionally peeking behind the scenes of the Mezhrabpom-Rus Studios.

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Dead Man's Bluff

Dead Man's Bluff

Director: Alexie Balabanov
Year: 2005

A Molotov cocktail of gruesome carnage, eccentric characters, and off-beat humor, Dead Man's Bluff casts a bracingly cynical eye on recent Eastern European history.

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Harvest Time

Harvest Time

Director: Marina Razbezhkina
Year: 2004

Winner of a Golden Plaque award at the Chicago International Film Festival "for its complex and poetic evocation of an ambiguous period in Soviet history," Marina Razbezhkina's debut film Harvest Time is a beautiful portrait of a woman living in a small Russian village after World War II. "HARVEST TIME depicts rural Russia as both brutal and astonishingly beautiful." - Telluride Film Festival Catalogue

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Faust (Alexander Sokurov)

Faust (Alexander Sokurov)

Director: Aleksandr Sokurov
Year: 2011

From acclaimed director Alexander Sokurov (RUSSIAN ARK, THE SUN), FAUST is an hallucinatory period piece set in the early 19th century and inspired by Goethe's famous play. Comic, cosmic, painterly and stunningly beautiful scenes unfold as the Devil takes Faust on a strange, unforgettable journey.

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Taxi Blues

Taxi Blues

Director: Pavel Lungin
Year: 1990

In a world filled with hustlers and black marketers, Shlykov, a hard-working, anti-semitic taxi driver, is pushed over the edge when Lyosha, a Jewish saxophonist who personifies everything he despises, stiffs him for a fare.

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Tchaikovsky

Tchaikovsky

Director: Igor Talankin
Year: 1971

Unlike the Hollywood biographies of the great composer's life, director Igor Talankin avoids the sentimentality and cliche creating a distinctive clarity and freshness of perspective. Emphasis is placed upon two of Tchaikovsky's important relationships and their impact upon his professional and emotional life. See and hear Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Eugin Onigin and more.

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Agony: The Life and Death of Rasputin

Agony: The Life and Death of Rasputin

Director: Elem Klimov
Year: 1975

From Elem Klimov (COME AND SEE), comes the story of Grigory Rasputin, the wandering Siberian monk whose messianic influence upon Russia's monarch led its people, like lambs to the slaughter, blind and headlong into World War I and revolution.

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Battleship Potemkin

Battleship Potemkin

Director: Sergei Eisenstein
Year: 1925

For eight decades, Sergei Eisenstein's 1925 masterpiece has remained the most influential silent film of all time. Yet each successive generation has seen BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN subjected to censorship and recutting, its unforgettable power diluted in unauthorized public domain editions from dubious sources. Until now.

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