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Russian Challenge; Official! March 2018!
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Русский вызов

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Goal: Watch as many Russian (including Soviet) films as possible in the month of March in the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Eighteen.


Rules:

- A feature film (Anything over 40 minutes) counts as one entry
- A total of 60 minutes of short films count as one entry
- For Mini-Series (40 minute episodes or longer) each episode counts as an entry.
- For Mini-Series with shorter episodes (25 minutes or so), the 60 minute rule applies.
- Rewatches allowed.
- Post-Soviet Union films from former Soviet countries are ineligible.

Official iCM lists:
Livejournal Russian Top 100
Russian Guild Of Film Critics - Best Russian Films

Unofficial lists:

Local Heros megalist 1000+ Quintessential Russian Movies
Golden 100 of Russian animation
100 Classics of Russian and Eastern European Cinema
Soviet and Russian submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film
Ministry of Culture's 100 Russian Movies Recommended for Pupils
Movies on Mosfilm.ru free for streaming with English subtitles


Current 500<400 titles
Doubling the Canon Nominations


Partisans, Comrades and Revolutionaries:
jeroeno 60
72allinncallme 42
Mate_cosido 29
psychotronicbeatnik 29

funkybusiness 27
St. Gloede 25
weirdboy 18
jdidaco 16
cinephage 13b
Fergenaprido 12
3eyes 11
OldAle1 10
edward5 8
Ivan0716 8
maxwelldeux 8
Nopros 5
sol 4
flavo5000 3
sebby 3
allisoncm 2
Gorro 2
hurluberlu 2
lynchs 2
RogerTheMovieManiac88 2
Simba63 2
blocho 1
India Istanbul 1
jvv 1
nimimerkillinen 1

Edited by funkybusiness, Apr 2 2018, 10:21:43 AM.
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Nikto ne obnimaet neob"iatnogo! In.

Triples & doubles on my list:

Triples:
&The Canterbury tales (Russia-UK 98-00, 3 eps @28m, Aida Zyablikova)
&Koshka, kotoraya gulyala sama po sebe / the cat that walked by herself (USSR 88, 70m, Ideya Garanina) -

Doubles:
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Animated Soviet Propaganda (1997, 4 discs 324m) [shorts collection, NF DVD US]
@Stalin vspomnil o vas / Stalin thought of you (Russia 09, 100m) [animation]

R/W
Baby ryazanskie / Women of Ryazan (USSR 27, 67m)
Krylya (USSR 66, 85m, Larisa Shepitko) -
Voskhozhdenie (USSR 77, 111m, Larisa Shepitko) -
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I will participate! I watched a bunch of Russian movies in February, though, so I may not have too many left on my immediate watchlist.
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In! Will mostly work on the two official lists, but thanks for the list of eligble 500<400/DtC movies funky!
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In. I'm aiming for the top 1000 on the two official lists. I need 9 on the Russian Guild... list, and 12 on the Livejournal... list. I think I can do it.
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I'll try to pick off the 500<400 entries I haven't hit yet.
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The link for the Livejournal list in the OP doesn't work.

I'm in, I'll watch the Sherlok Kholms films on the Livejournal list for starters.
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Feb 27 2018, 09:38:37 AM
The link for the Livejournal list in the OP doesn't work.

I'm in, I'll watch the Sherlok Kholms films on the Livejournal list for starters.
thanks, fixed. (don't know how it became broken in the first place...)

I'd also like to watch those Sherlok films if I could ever figure out the exact order, with imdb links and the whole biz. There's like, films within films or something... It's mystified me for far too long. It's probably incredibly simple but it has beleaguered me nonetheless. I guess I have something to do the next couple days. (I'll be sure to make an iCM list and post it in the OP, for anyone else trying to figure it out).

wait a minute I think the order at the bottom of the livejournal list is the correct order! Hah! Either that wasn't there before, it was different, or I never scrolled all the way to the bottom of that list before, as I'm sure I've never seen that ordering there before.
Edited by funkybusiness, Feb 27 2018, 09:53:53 AM.
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Looking forward to this.

Slight negative note:
I always find it a bit weird that Russia gets to take credit for everything the USSR did for cinema, but the other ex-USSR states don't even get to be affiliated afterwards. Would have loved a USSR challenge instead of a Russia challenge (with pre and post states allowed), but I will try to join as I desperately need to focus more energy on this treasure throw.

As my interests primarily lies with the USSR and the styles it represented, therefor I will likely not watch too many modern Russian films - but I might be tempted by viewings here.
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St. Gloede
Feb 27 2018, 09:53:43 AM
Looking forward to this.

Slight negative note:
I always find it a bit weird that Russia gets to take credit for everything the USSR did for cinema, but the other ex-USSR states don't even get to be affiliated afterwards. Would have loved a USSR challenge instead of a Russia challenge (with pre and post states allowed), but I will try to join as I desperately need to focus more energy on this treasure throw.

As my interests primarily lies with the USSR and the styles it represented, therefor I will likely not watch too many modern Russian films - but I might be tempted by viewings here.
I get what you're saying, and it's a rule there mostly because "it's always been that way!" but off the top of my head, many of the significant non-Russian Soviet filmmakers made their films within the Soviet system and were trained in the Soviet system at Soviet filmmaking schools and within the Soviet industry and of course there was Soviet censorship in charge of it all, whereas none of those things were in place post-Soviet Union (as far as I'm aware, although it would be interesting to discover anything to the contrary).
Edited by funkybusiness, Feb 27 2018, 09:58:53 AM.
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funkybusiness
Feb 27 2018, 09:58:14 AM
St. Gloede
Feb 27 2018, 09:53:43 AM
Looking forward to this.

Slight negative note:
I always find it a bit weird that Russia gets to take credit for everything the USSR did for cinema, but the other ex-USSR states don't even get to be affiliated afterwards. Would have loved a USSR challenge instead of a Russia challenge (with pre and post states allowed), but I will try to join as I desperately need to focus more energy on this treasure throw.

As my interests primarily lies with the USSR and the styles it represented, therefor I will likely not watch too many modern Russian films - but I might be tempted by viewings here.
I get what you're saying, and it's a rule there mostly because "it's always been that way!" but off the top of my head, many of the significant non-Russian Soviet filmmakers made their films within the Soviet system and were trained in the Soviet system at Soviet filmmaking schools and within the Soviet industry and of course there was Soviet censorship in charge of it all, whereas none of those things were in place post-Soviet Union (as far as I'm aware, although it would be interesting to discover anything to the contrary).
True, but the same applies to Russia itself. I obviously won't deny that the power rested there during the entire period of the union, but these countries all shared the same experiences through USSR, with most of their cinematic period shaped through Soviet, and of course all suddenly facing a world without Soviet rule, and the same challenges thereof. (Of course, we see very similar journeys across Eastern Europe, also in non-USSR states).
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I have a watchlist I know I won't be able to finish, but at least I'd like to unwrap my Sherlock Holmes dvd box. So I'll join in. B)
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I'll try to make an overview of USSR and Russian films I already have and start going through them when March starts.
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St. Gloede
Feb 27 2018, 10:08:01 AM
funkybusiness
Feb 27 2018, 09:58:14 AM
St. Gloede
Feb 27 2018, 09:53:43 AM
Looking forward to this.

Slight negative note:
I always find it a bit weird that Russia gets to take credit for everything the USSR did for cinema, but the other ex-USSR states don't even get to be affiliated afterwards. Would have loved a USSR challenge instead of a Russia challenge (with pre and post states allowed), but I will try to join as I desperately need to focus more energy on this treasure throw.

As my interests primarily lies with the USSR and the styles it represented, therefor I will likely not watch too many modern Russian films - but I might be tempted by viewings here.
I get what you're saying, and it's a rule there mostly because "it's always been that way!" but off the top of my head, many of the significant non-Russian Soviet filmmakers made their films within the Soviet system and were trained in the Soviet system at Soviet filmmaking schools and within the Soviet industry and of course there was Soviet censorship in charge of it all, whereas none of those things were in place post-Soviet Union (as far as I'm aware, although it would be interesting to discover anything to the contrary).
True, but the same applies to Russia itself. I obviously won't deny that the power rested there during the entire period of the union, but these countries all shared the same experiences through USSR, with most of their cinematic period shaped through Soviet, and of course all suddenly facing a world without Soviet rule, and the same challenges thereof. (Of course, we see very similar journeys across Eastern Europe, also in non-USSR states).
Might there be a distinction between ex-SSRs now included in the Asian challenge and ones like Ukraine & Belarus, which are linguistically very close? I guess the Baltic States are now part of the Eastern Europe challenge?

(I'm with St G. on preferring USSR films - having worked for 5 years as a cataloguer of USSR books in the 60s.)
Edited by 3eyes, Feb 27 2018, 03:11:06 PM.
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funkybusiness
Feb 27 2018, 02:05:32 AM
I'll try and update this list. I think a lot of the movies previously without IMDb-entry has now gotten one.

Also, I'm in! Setting a measly goal of the six movies I need to finish the Russian Guild list.
Edited by Nopros, Feb 27 2018, 03:15:41 PM.
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Sure but probably will only watch a couple movies
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I'm in, comrades, although my participation will be limited.

:cheers:
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Sure. Goal is minimum of 10, most likely will concentrate on early Soviet film as I just got the Flicker Alley 4-disc set and a Dziga Vertov set recently. May watch a few newer films as well but my heart seems to lie in the 1920s as far as Mother Russia goes.
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I have some Russian films lined up. This seems like a perfect opportunity to prioritize them, so I may as well join. Count me in.
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Puttering around in the forum archives, I found this gem of a thread: Russian Animation
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Lists of 500<400 titles and DtC noms are in the OP. I tentatively added Le tombeau d'Alexandre and Red Army 2014, both DtC, because they're pretty much Russian films although being French and American in origin, respectively, although I'm open to criticism.

also, lumme know if I missed any, as I did both of those manually.
and if anyone wants them as iCM lists rather than just text, also, lumme know.
Edited by funkybusiness, Mar 1 2018, 06:23:21 AM.
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One of my DtC nominations - Vedreba (1967) is missing from your list.

It's stylistically very similar to Andrei Rublov/Marketa Lazarova, except only 72 minutes long!
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Letís start this challenge with;

1. Aleksandr Nevskiy (1938)
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1. Koshka, kotoraya gulyala sama po sebe / the cat that walked by herself (USSR 88)
2. Ilya Muromets (USSR 56)
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1. The Cat Who Walked By Herself (1988) Ideya Garanina / FTV / Rating: 8+
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1. Carnival in Moscow / Karnavalnaya noch (Eldar Ryazanov, 1956)
Funny, charming musical.

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1. Nelyubov / Loveless (2017)
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2. The Night Before Christmas (1951) Valentina & Zinaida Brumberg / FTV / Rating: 7+

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01. The Hunchedback Horse (1947) - 6/10

This overlaps with the animation challenge, so I'm taking credit for it here too.
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1. Ivan's Childhood (1962)

I've already documented my struggles with Tarkovsky, and many of you recommended this one. Well, I did it, and I enjoyed it quite a bit (I have it up there with Stalker). It was definitely more accessible than the other Tarkovsky films I've seen, and I think it will help serve as a good lead-in for when I tackle Andrei Rublev again later this month. The cinematography was beautiful, and I'm starting to notice themes/symbols throughout his films. Good kickoff for this challenge for me.

Necessary Education for a Patriotic American
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Saw Red Sparrow today. A lot of it takes place in Russia with Russian characters (who are played by actors who are anything but). But I guess it wouldn't count for the challenge.
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Saw Red Sparrow today. A lot of it takes place in Russia with Russian characters (who are played by actors who are anything but). But I guess it wouldn't count for the challenge.
Oh I was going to put it somewhere in the OP that I would fight anybody who tried to count Reds (1981) but Red Sparrow is definitely in that category.
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My "deep cut" challenge recommendation for the Russian challenge is ...

Oligarkh (2002) - This movie had maybe a one-week run in the states when it came out and then was promptly forgotten. I'm no Russia expert, but it seemed to me an excellent encapsulation of some of the more salient dynamics of 1990s Russian life. And it's got a fair claim to be the Russian version of Godfather Part II.
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Mar 3 2018, 02:46:11 AM
Saw Red Sparrow today. A lot of it takes place in Russia with Russian characters (who are played by actors who are anything but). But I guess it wouldn't count for the challenge.
Oh I was going to put it somewhere in the OP that I would fight anybody who tried to count Reds (1981) but Red Sparrow is definitely in that category.
In that case,

1. Red Sparrow - https://letterboxd.com/allisoncm/film/red-sparrow/
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From the Golden 100 of Russian Animation:

1. Snezhnaya koroleva (1957)
2. Tayna tretey planety (1981)
3. Zakoldovannyy malchik (1955)
4. Alenkiy tsvetochek (1952)

5a. Chipollino (1961) 38 min
5b. Rozhdestvo (1997) 14 min
5c. 38 popugaev (1976) 8 min

6a. Zolotaya antilopa (1954) 31 min
6b. Nu, pogodi! (1969) 10 min
6c. Rusalka (1997) 10 min
6d. Zhil-byl Kozyavin (1966) 9 min

7a. Krokodil Gena (1969) 20 min
7b. Operavox: The Barber of Seville (1995) 28 min
7c. Lisa i zayats (1973) 12 min

8a. Cheburashka (1972) 19 min
8b. Kanikuly Bonifatsiya (1965) 21 min
8c. Istoriya odnogo prestupleniya (1962) 20 min
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funkybusiness
Mar 3 2018, 02:48:47 AM
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Mar 3 2018, 02:46:11 AM
Saw Red Sparrow today. A lot of it takes place in Russia with Russian characters (who are played by actors who are anything but). But I guess it wouldn't count for the challenge.
Oh I was going to put it somewhere in the OP that I would fight anybody who tried to count Reds (1981) but Red Sparrow is definitely in that category.
In that case,

1. Red Sparrow - https://letterboxd.com/allisoncm/film/red-sparrow/
I meant it wouldn't count :lol:
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2. Neokonchennaya pyesa dlya mekhanicheskogo pianino AKA An Unfinished Piece for Mechanical Piano (1977)
3. Moskva slezam ne verit AKA Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears (1980)
4. Proverka na dorogakh AKA Trial on the Road (1971)
5. Beregis avtomobilya AKA Watch Out for the Automobile (1966)
6. Sudba cheloveka AKA Fate of a Man (1959)
7. Vesyolye rebyata AKA Moscow Laughs (1934)

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3. The Lost Letter (1945) Valentina & Zinaida Brumberg / FTV / Rating: 8+

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8. A zori zdes tikhie AKA The Dawns Here Are Quiet (1972)
9. Kavkazskaya plennitsa, ili Novye priklyucheniya Shurika AKA Kidnapping, Caucasian Style (1967)
10. Odinokiy golos cheloveka AKA The Lonely Voice of Man (1987)
11. Polyoty vo sne i nayavu AKA Flights in Dreams and in Reality (1983)

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From the Golden 100 of Russian Animation:

9a. Shpionskie strasti (1967) 21 min
9b. Steklyannaya garmonika (1968) 19 min
9c. Tsaplya i zhuravl (1974) 10 min
9d. Ostrov (1973) 10 min

10a. Pochta (1929) 15 min
10b. Antoshka (1979) 3 min
10c. Poligon (1977) 10 min
10d. Vovka v Tridevyatom tsarstve (1965) 19 min
10e. Kto skazal myau? (1962) 9 min
10f. Krylya, nogi i khvosty (1986) 4 min

11a. Dyuymovochka (1964) 30 min
11b. Puteshestvie muravya (1983) 10 min
11c. Kele (1988) 7 min
11d. Gagarin (1994) 3 min
11e. Martynko (1987) 10 min
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