In Soviet Russia, MosFilm posts YOU(tube)
May 6, 2011 2:11 AM   Subscribe

"Legendary" Russian movie studio Mosfilm is posting some it's most famous films on its youtube channel. They will be posting 5 new legendary Soviet films per week. They expect to have 200 uploaded by end of year. Most have English subtitles.

For old school, there's Tarkovsky: Andrey Rublev Part I, Part 2

For something more light-hearted, try Ivan Vassilievich Changes Profession

Something later, say on the eve of Perestroika, more to your taste? ASSASSIN OF THE TSAR!!

Let NPR fill you in on more more of the story here
posted by spicynuts (16 comments total) 79 users marked this as a favorite
I recommend the absurd science fiction comedy Kin-dza-dza!
posted by Harald74 at 2:20 AM on May 6, 2011 [2 favorites]

Wha-wha-what? OMG this is such excellent news. I adore Ivan Vassilievich Changes Profession. If it wasn't two thirty in the morning in a house full of sleeping roommates, I'd be firing a few of these up right now - thank you so much for posting this!
posted by EatTheWeek at 2:25 AM on May 6, 2011

Hello to my fellow protein crystallographers who did a double take when they saw this post..
posted by TheOtherGuy at 2:41 AM on May 6, 2011 [1 favorite]

Speaking of the best of soviet comedies, check out The Diamond Arm (boy does that title sound better in Russian).

I grew up watching a lot of these on the Russian channels on Israeli cable, and they really did put up some masterpieces. The vast majority of the movies that are up there is really worth anyone's time.

Harald74: I was super disappointed to find out they haven't actually put up Kind-dza-dza! It's the one movie that has escaped me.
posted by anateus at 3:09 AM on May 6, 2011

I can highly recommend Ivan Vasilievich Changes Profession (Wikipedia article). Brilliant comedy. I've watched it too many times, but every time I watch it again I find new and new things lo laugh at. It is literally stuffed with gags and references to soviet life of those times (which was certainly amusing at some points), and I consider it one of the pillars of Soviet film making.
posted by yes at 3:34 AM on May 6, 2011

Ivan Vasilievich Changes Profession? Ooo, Mikhail Bulgakov!

/theater nerd
posted by kyrademon at 4:03 AM on May 6, 2011

anateus: I hope they get to it. Why this film evaded the censorship I don't know, but it's worth watching even now.
posted by Harald74 at 5:15 AM on May 6, 2011

I'm going to start at the top of The LiveJournal Russian Top 100 as found on, which I found in a MeFi comment the other day.
posted by Harald74 at 5:17 AM on May 6, 2011

Bozhe moi, the 1972 Ruslan and Ludmila is on youtube. I'd given up hope of finding it and confirming whether it was really as weird as I remember.
posted by nonane at 5:49 AM on May 6, 2011

Great news. It's always time for Tarkovsky.
posted by doctornemo at 6:04 AM on May 6, 2011

Thanks very much for this. I've been wanting to watch some of these for ages.
posted by languagehat at 8:14 AM on May 6, 2011

What, how...why?!? Am I dreaming?
They've got Solaris, Ivan's Childhood, the Mirror...

And they aren't broken into 10 minute segments either. Someone pinch me.
posted by Wemmick at 8:19 AM on May 6, 2011

For some reason Andrei Rublev just doesn't feel right on YouTube.
posted by jettloe at 9:39 AM on May 6, 2011 [1 favorite]

Oh jettloe, I weep. That was awful.
(Still, I have no shame, and hunt my Tarkovskian fix where I can find it)
posted by doctornemo at 12:23 PM on May 6, 2011

Okay, this is really excellent. Man, I have too many movies to watch and not enough time.
posted by mstokes650 at 2:22 PM on May 6, 2011

Wow, this is amazing.
posted by mnemonic at 6:29 PM on May 6, 2011

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