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January 10, 2021 7:38 AM   Subscribe

Soviet movies online - many of them.

"Soviet & Russian Movies Online brings you the very best of Soviet and Russian cinema and television, a collection of over 800 classic, popular and rarely-seen films and TV shows spanning a hundred years and drawn from a wide variety of genres.

All of the films and TV shows on our site are translated and subtitled by us, offering subscribers a unique viewing experience unequaled anywhere else on the web."
posted by thatwhichfalls (12 comments total) 25 users marked this as a favorite
(just realized this is a pay site after a short preview - flagged for deletion)
posted by thatwhichfalls at 7:45 AM on January 10

I just like saying
Battleship Potemkin!
posted by clavdivs at 8:48 AM on January 10 [2 favorites]

Mosfilm cinema concern is still free.
posted by Omon Ra at 9:40 AM on January 10 [6 favorites]

Aleksandr Nevsky!
posted by XMLicious at 10:03 AM on January 10

I can heartily recommend ДЖЕНТЛЬМЕНЫ УДАЧИ (Gentlemen of Fortune), a goofy caper comedy, if for no other reason than their handling of the "men wearing dresses as a disguise" gag.

When I saw the three main characters put on dresses as a disguise, I braced myself for transphobia. This film is from 1971, after all. Instead, everywhere they went, everyone just... assumed they were women and treated them as such. No shock, no gross-out reactions, just ma'ams and misses all around. It was pretty great.

Apart from that, it's a solid comedy caper flick. Would recommend.
posted by Aya Hirano on the Astral Plane at 10:08 AM on January 10 [3 favorites]

“The Irony of Fate, or Enjoy Your Bath!” is an incredible title.
posted by schoolgirl report at 10:09 AM on January 10 [2 favorites]

Oi. Алекса́ндр Петро́вич Довже́нко', 'Аэроград' is there.
posted by clavdivs at 11:30 AM on January 10

I watched what I could of Come Tomorrow. It looked like good fun. The terrible translation made it all the funnier. Even if I don't ever watch a full movie there, it may be worth poking around a bit.
posted by DarkForest at 2:52 PM on January 10

Ivan Vasilievich: Back to the Future (1973) WUT!?
posted by Liquidwolf at 3:49 PM on January 10

Ivan Vasilievich: Back to the Future (1973) WUT!?

I think that was retitled in the US after the successes of Back to the Future (1985), in Russia and most of the world it was released as Ivan Vasilievich menyaet professiyu (Ivan Vasilievich Changes Profession). Although the Hungarian title Halló, itt Iván cár! (Hi, I'm Tsar Ivan!) is fun too.
posted by JauntyFedora at 4:17 PM on January 10

Moscow does not believe in Netflix. [Is this even a joke? I can't tell.]
posted by neuron at 5:42 PM on January 11

For those facing the disappoint of a paywall, and wanting to find solace behind a different paywall, there's always: Channing Tatum's "effort to recover the lost" Romanian detective drama "Comrade Detective," or the dark satire "The Death of Stalin" (what a cast!).
posted by rubatan at 8:05 PM on January 11

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