Sunday, October 21, 2012

World Cinema Guide: Soviet Union/Russia (96 Greatest Films 1929-2005)


When I say ‘greatest’ in the title above I mean ‘most critically acclaimed, based on a consensus of opinion’ and for details of how I established that - and why this list only goes up to 2005 - please see ‘World Cinema Guide: Introduction’. 

In the alphabetical table of contents at the right you will also find similar lists for other countries: World Cinema Guide China, World Cinema Guide France, World Cinema Guide Germany etc

Note that within this list there is in effect a ‘best of the best’ list: the most critically acclaimed 10-20% of films from this country are marked with a *.


1931 Enthusiasm (Dziga Vertov)
1933 Deserter (V.I. Pudovkin)
1934 Chapayev* (Georgi Vasilyev, Sergei Vasilyev)
1934 Three Songs of Lenin (Dziga Vertov)
1936 By the Bluest of Seas (Boris Barnet)
1936 The Circus (Grigori Aleksandrov I. Simkov)
1937 Peter the First, Part One (Vladimir Petrov)
1938 Alexander Nevsky* (Sergei Eisenstein)
1938 Childhood of Maxim Gorky* (Mark Donskoi)
1938 Peter the First, Part Two (Vladimir Petrov)
1939 My Apprenticeship (Mark Donskoi)
1940 My Universities (Mark Donskoi)
1941 Suvorov (V.I. Pudovkin, Mikhail Doller)
1945 Ivan the Terrible, Part One* (Sergei Eisenstein)
1945 The Turning Point (Fridrikh Ermler)
1946 Admiral Nakhimov (V.I. Pudovkin)
1946 Ivan the Terrible, Part Two (Sergei Eisenstein)
1949 The Battle of Stalingrad, Part One (Vladimir Petrov)
1957 And Quiet Flows the Don (Sergei Gerasimov)
1957 Don Quixote* (Grigori Kozintsev)
1957 The Cranes Are Flying* (Mikheil Kalatozishvili)
1959 Ballad of a Soldier* (Grigori Chukhraj)
1959 Destiny of a Man (Sergei Bondarchuk)
1959 The Overcoat (Aleksei Batalov)
1960 The Lady with the Little Dog (Iosif Kheifits)
1960 The Steamroller and the Violin (Andrei Tarkovsky)
1961 Nine Days of One Year (Mikhail Romm)
1962 Ivan's Childhood* (Andrei Tarkovsky)
1964 Hamlet* (Grigori Kozintsev)
1964 Shadows of Our Forgotten Ancestors* (Sergei Parajanov)
1965 The First Teacher* (Andrei Konchalovsky)
1966 Andrei Rublev* (Andrei Tarkovsky)
1966 Asya's Happiness* (Andrei Konchalovsky)
1966 Wings (Larisa Shepitko)
1967 Komissar* (Aleksandr Askoldov)
1968 Color of Pomegranates* (Sergei Parajanov)
1968 No Ford in the Fire* (Gleb Panfilov)
1968 War and Peace (Sergei Bondarchuk)
1969 King Lear (Grigori Kozintsev)
1969 Tchaikovsky (Igor Talankin)
1969 The Brothers Karamazov (Kirill Lavrov, Ivan Pyryev, Mikhail Ulyanov)
1970 The Beginning (Gleb Panfilov)
1970 Uncle Vanya (Andrei Konchalovsky)
1970 Waterloo (Sergei Bondarchuk)
1970 White Bim Black Ear (Stanislav Rostotsky)
1971 The Long Farewell* (Kira Muratova)
1972 Solaris* (Andrei Tarkovsky)
1972 The Dawns Here Are Quiet (Stanislav Rostotsky)
1974 Romance for Lovers (Andrei Konchalovsky)
1975 Dersu Uzula (Akira Kurosawa)
1975 The Mirror* (Andrei Tarkovsky)
1976 Slave of Love (Nikita Mikhalkov)
1976 The Ascent* (Larisa Shepitko)
1977 Unfinished Piece for Mechanical Piano (Nikita Mikhalkov)
1979 Autumn Marathon (Georgi Daneliya)
1979 Oblomov (Nikita Mikhalkov)
1979 Siberiade (Andrei Konchalovsky)
1979 Stalker* (Andrei Tarkovsky)
1979 The Theme (Gleb Panfilov)
1981 Farewell (Elem Klimov)
1983 Nostalghia* (Andrei Tarkovsky)
1983 Vassa (Gleb Panfilov)
1984 Legend of Suram Fortress (Sergei Parajanov, Dodo Abashidze)
1984 My Friend Ivan Lapshin (Alexei German)
1985 Come and See* (Elem Klimov)
1986 My English Grandfather (Nana Dzhordzhadze)
1986 The Dangerous Game (Vadim Abdrashitov)
1987 Repentance* (Tengiz Abuladze)
1988 Ashik Kerib (Sergei Parajanov, Dodo Abashidze)
1988 Assa (Sergei Solovyov)
1988 Days of Eclipse (Aleksandr Sokurov)
1988 Little Vera* (Vasili Pichul)
1988 Solovki Power (Marina Goldovskaya)
1989 Freeze, Die, Come to Life (Vitali Kanevski)
1989 The Asthenic Syndrome* (Kira Muratova)
1990 Taxi Blues (Pavel Lungin)
1991 Cloud Paradise (Nikolai Dostal)
1991 Lost in Siberia (Aleksandr Mitta)
1991 The Tsar's Assassin (Karen Shakhnazarov)
1991 Urga (Nikita Mikhalkov)
1994 Burnt by the Sun* (Nikita Mikhalkov)
1996 Prisoner of the Mountains* (Sergei Bodrov)
1997 The Thief (Pavel Chukhraj)
1998 Khrustalyov, My Car! (Aleksei German)
1998 Of Freaks and Men* (Aleksei Balabanov)
1998 The Country of Deaf People (Valeri Todorovsky)
1999 Moloch (Aleksandr Sokurov)
2000 His Wife's Diary (Aleksei Uchitel)
2000 The Wedding (Pavel Lungin)
2001 Taurus (Aleksandr Sokurov)
2002 Russian Ark* (Aleksandr Sokurov)
2002 The Cuckoo* (Aleksandr Rogozhkin)
2003 Father and Son (Aleksandr Sokurov)
2003 Koktebel (Boris Khlebnikov, Aleksei Popogrebsky)
2003 The Return* (Andrei Zvyagintsev)
2005 The Sun* (Aleksandr Sokurov)

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