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Movie of the Week: The Horde (2012)

July 30, 2015 Movie of the Week: The Horde (2012) By J.Hawk The Horde is a historical epic that deals with medieval Russia and its dealings with the Golden Horde. The movie can be seen in Russian for FREE here: http://kinogo.co/733-orda-2012.html But if you wanna see it with English subtitles it will cost ya: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYGFcOSh7ls […]

Movie of the Week: The Island (2006)

July 18, 2015 Movie of the Week: The Island (2006) By J.Hawk With subtitles: Islands are all the rage in Russian movies. The Return, The Forty First, Cold Summer of 1953  all take place (or at least the crucial events of the film take place) on an island. It’s like they are implying Russia is […]

Movie of the Week: March on the Drina

July 2, 2015 Movie of the Week: March on the Drina By J.Hawk Even though there are enough Russian movies to keep this feature going for decades (centuries?), sometimes its worthwhile to recognize the fact that other countries are in the film business too and, like Russia, use it as an educational tool for spreading […]

Movie of the Week: “Ivan’s Childhood”

June 24, 2015 Movie of the Week: “Ivan’s Childhood” By J.Hawk Since this is the week of yet another June 22 anniversary, it’s only natural that the movie of the week will be one the great Soviet-era films dealing with the Great Patriotic War, an unflinching and brutal portrayal of war pretty much devoid of […]

Movie of the Week: Star (2002)

June 17, 2015 Movie of the Week: Star (2002) By J.Hawk This highly popular movie (almost two million viewings on Mosfilm’s youtube channel) is available here, complete with English subtitles. As I was translating Russia 2015: Who are we, and what do we want?, I couldn’t help thinking about this particular movie which embodies Birov’s […]

Movie of the Week: The Forty First

June 11, 2015 Movie of the Week: The Forty-First By J.Hawk The movie came out in 1956, only two years before the far more ambitious And Quiet Flows the Don, which reveals a certain interest in revisiting the burning issues of the Civil War which, evidently, were once again on the agenda in the post-Stalin […]

Movie of the Week: “And Quiet Flows the Don”

June 1, 2015 Movie of the Week: “And Quiet Flows the Don” By J.Hawk This is a weekly Fort Russ feature. To view other editions, click on the Movie of the Week tab above the title.There’s more than one version of the movie. Here’s the 1958 Soviet one, with subtitles: There’s also a more recent, […]

Movie of the Week: Viy (2014)

May 26, 2015 Movie of the Week: Viy (2014) By J.Hawk  This is a weekly Fort Russ feature. To view other editions, click on the Movie of the Week tab above the title. The movie is a very recent adaptation of the Gogol tale which takes place in what is today called Ukraine, though with […]

Movie of the Week: Little Vera

 May 19, 2015 Movie of the Week: Little Vera By J.Hawk This is a weekly Fort Russ feature. To view earlier editions, click on the Movie of the Week tab above the title. Little Vera came out in 1988 and gained instant notoriety for its sex scene and frontal nudity. Watching it today, one wonders […]

Movie of the Week: Cold Summer of 1953

Movie of the Week: Cold Summer of 1953 By J.Hawk  This is a weekly Fort Russ feature. To view other installments, click on the Movie of the Week tab above the title. Made in 1987, the movie takes place at a fishing village on a major lake or river shortly after the death of Stalin […]