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Movie of the Week: Brother

April 28, 2015 Movie of the Week: Brother By J.Hawk This is a weekly Fort Russ feature. To view earlier installments, please click on the Movie of the Week tab above the title. Brother (Brat) is without a doubt one of the major cult hits of the post-Soviet Russian cinema. Everyone in the country seems […]

Movie of the Week: 9th Company

April 20, 2015 Movie of the Week: 9th Company By J.Hawk This is a weekly Fort Russ feature (to find the earlier editions, just click on the Movie of the Week) tab above the title. The idea behind it is very simple. Russians (and the rest of the world) do watch US movies, and through […]

Movie of the Week: Brest Fortress

 Aleksey Kopashov as “son of the regiment” Sasha Akimov  3/27/2015 Brest Fortress: Geopolitics Lessons from a Regimental Orphan By J.Hawk White Tiger is not the first Russian film to predict the coming of war in Eastern Europe. Brest Fortress did it as early as 2010. The movie itself tells, through the eyes and narration of […]

The End of History, the Third Way, and the Ukrainian Civil War

3/19/2015 The End of History, the Third Way, and the Ukrainian Civil War By J.Hawk When one looks back on the future as it was supposed to be in the early 1990s, one can hardly believe just how badly the situation had deteriorated. The End of History was not supposed to be like that. Where […]

Movie of the Week: “The Return”

 Ivan, the younger brother played by Ivan Dobronravov, confronts Russia’s past personified by his returning father. 3/17/2015 A World Without a “White Tiger”? The Geopolitics of Zvyagintsev’s “The Return” By J.Hawk Continuing the discussion of Russian films with geopolitical themes, one cannot overlook Zvyagintsev’s 2003 “The Return”. Zvyagintsev who recently made headlines with his Oscar-nominated […]

Movie of the Week: White Tiger

3/15/2015 Geopolitics Lessons from a Russian Tanker By Yuriy Selivanov Translated from Russian by J.Hawk It’s been three years since Mosfilm finished one of the most unusual creations of the contemporary Russian film industry, the movie White Tiger by Karen Shakhnazarov. The year was a rather tolerant and prosperous 2012, the glamorous portrait of life […]