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Soviet Movie Café: Twenty Days Without War

“Twenty Days Without War” (1976) is a melodramatic war film blending cruelty of battles & a hostile routine of the war time. Based on a story by Konstantin Simonov & directed by Alexey German it reconstructs the Soviet reality of … Continue reading

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Soviet Movie Café: War Dramas XI

“The Alpine Ballad” (1965) is a rare guest of broadcasting as it tells not about fierce battles but about, probably, an ordinary love story of those cruel days. Based on Vasilij Bikov’s narration & shot by Boris Stepanov (“The State … Continue reading

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Soviet Movie Café: War Dramas X

Another TV-series telling about events of the Second World War (1941-1945) in Russia, therefore worthy of watching, is “Battalions Ask for Fire” (1985) made by the Soviet film-directors Vlad’imir Tchotabir’ev & Alexandr Bogol’ubov.  It is based on a historical war … Continue reading

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Milorad Pavic: Seven Deadly Sins

Esteemed Readers, have you ever read a books with no author & no heroes? I speak seriously. The one of the kind does exists & belongs to Milorad Pavic’s pen. 😁 “Seven Deadly Sins” (2002) is a set of stories … Continue reading

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Vinicius de Moraes & Toquinho: La voglia, la pazzia

Esteemed Readers, if you remember a difficult political situation in Brazil made Toquinho & Vinicius de Moraes spend some time in Italy. They did not waste their time & recorded some nice albums in Italian there. Here is one of … Continue reading

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Soviet Movie Café: War Dramas VIII

In 1977 Vas’ilij B’ikov, one of our famous actors, film directors & the war participant, presented a very profound & curious film uniting the war, its memory & next generation. It is called “One-Two, Soldiers were going…/Ati-Bati, shli sold’ati”(1977). The … Continue reading

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Soviet Movie Café: War Dramas VII

Speaking of war TV’series, I would like to pay your dearest attention, Esteemed Readers, to “Version Omega” made by an Estonian film director Antonis-Janis Voazos in 1975. Movies about the Soviet intelligence service form a special branch of the genre. … Continue reading

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Soviet Movie Café: War Dramas VI

The war movie “The Alive & The Dead” (1964) directed by Alexander Stolper tells about first years of the Second World War (the Great Patriotic War for Russia)which were very unsuccessful: too many solders perished & too many battles were … Continue reading

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Soviet Movie Café: War Dramas IV

“They Fought For Their Country/Они Сражались За Родину” (1975) is a unique war drama by Sergei Bondarchuk based on a realistic novel by Mikhail Sholokhov. It tells about a daily routine of the Soviet army along on its way to … Continue reading

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Soviet Movie Café: War Dramas II

Esteemed Readers, I would like to present you a war movie telling a story of an ordinary man facing calamities of this cruel disaster. “Fate of a Man/Sudba Cheloveka” (1959) is one of the best war psychological dramas based on … Continue reading

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