Russian Cinema & Culture

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.

Agony: The Life and Death of Rasputin

Ashik Kerib (remastered)

Ashik Kerib (remastered)

Director: Sergei Paradjanov
Year: 1988

From Sergei Paradjanov, one of the most acclaimed and experimental directors of the Soviet cinema, comes Ashik Kerib, a 19th century romantic tale evocatively brought to life.

Ashik Kerib (remastered)

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...

Battleship Potemkin

The Cherry Orchard

The Cherry Orchard

Director: Michael Cacoyannis
Year: 1999

Anton Chekhov’s THE CHERRY ORCHARD is the timeless story of an aristocratic Russian family torn apart by buried secrets and changing times. Stars Alan Bates and Charlotte Rampling.

The Cherry Orchard

Commissar

Commissar

Director: Alexander Askoldov
Year: 1967

At last on DVD - Aleksandr Askoldov's Commissar assumes its overdue place as a milestone of character-driven, visually poetic world cinema.

Commissar

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.

Dead Man's Bluff

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...

Harvest Time

Man With A Movie Camera

Man With A Movie Camera

Director: Dziga Vertov
Year: 1929

This dawn-to-dusk view of the Soviet Union offers a montage of urban Russian life, showing the people of the city at work and at play Considered one of the most innovative and influential films of the silent era. USSR. 1929. 68min. B&W.

Man With A Movie Camera

Moscow Does Not Believe In Tears

Moscow Does Not Believe In Tears

Director: Vladimir Menshov
Year: 1980

A wonderful and insightful romantic comedy, MOSCOW DOES NOT BELIEVE IN TEARS is a charming story of three country girls who move to the city in search of happiness.

Moscow Does Not Believe In Tears

Mother and Son

Mother and Son

Director: Aleksandr Sokurov
Year: 1997

In this painterly chamber drama, Sokurov brings time to a near standstill to reveal a tale of love, loss, and death. As the title characters wander through a lush countryside together for the last time, all but the most primal human emotions are...

Mother and Son

Poisoned by Polonium

Poisoned by Polonium

Director: Andrei Nekrasov
Year: 2007

The Litvinenko File exposes the truth behind a crime that shocked the world and provoked a war of words between Russia and England that continues to this day.

Poisoned by Polonium

Que Viva Mexico!

Que Viva Mexico!

Director: Sergei Eisenstein
Year: 1931

Eisenstein's epic celebration of Mexico's history and people was never completed due to financial problems. Fifty years after its initial production, this great work was faithfully assembled by the master director's editor, 80-year old Grigory...

Que Viva Mexico!

The Return

The Return

Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev
Year: 2003

In this hauntingly beautiful drama two brothers lives are forever changed when the father who abandoned them suddenly reappears.

The Return

The Rider Named Death

The Rider Named Death

Director: Karen Shakhnazarov
Year: 2004

Steely, elegant Georges (Andrei Panin) leads a DIY underground death squad carrying out fanatical attacks on Russia's fragile Czarist regime. Visit product page to see trailer!

The Rider Named Death

Russian Ark

Russian Ark

Director: Aleksandr Sokurov
Year: 2002

Russian Ark is shot from the point-of-view of an unseen narrator, as he explores the museum and travels through Russian history.

Russian Ark

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 ...

The Second Circle

Siberiade

Siberiade

Director: Andrei Konchalovsky
Year: 1979

An epic chronicling six decades of 20th century Russia through the experiences of three generations in a Siberian hamlet.

Siberiade

A Slave of Love

A Slave of Love

Director: Nikita Mikhalkov
Year: 1976

While awaiting the arrival of her missing co-star husband on the set of a Russian film, silent film diva Olga becomes enmeshed in a romance with handsome young cameraman Pototsky. But what begins as a casual dalliance becomes an awakening as...

A Slave of Love

The Vanished Empire

The Vanished Empire

Director: Karen Shakhnazarov
Year: 2008

Emotionally acute, grittily realistic, and surprisingly lyrical, THE VANISHED EMPIRE is a "wise, elegiac film" (The New York Times) that depicts a teenage boy's stumbling journey into adulthood from the streets of early 70's Soviet Moscow, to a lost...

The Vanished Empire

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 camouflag...

Without Witness

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