Stetson University

College of Arts and Sciences

RUSSIAN STUDIES CENTER

VIDEOTAPE LIBRARY

For information about borrowing these films from the Russian Study Center, contact russian@tophat.stetson.edu.

A FORGOTTEN TUNE FOR THE FLUTE
Set in the Soviet Union, it tells the story of Lenny, a high-ranking official with the Leisure Time Directorate. He lives a privileged lifestyle, married to a woman whose father is an even higher-ranking government official. When Lenny is hospitalized with a minor heart attack, he finds himself falling in love with Lida, a vivacious nurse. Wary of becoming just another mistress, Lida helps Lenny rediscover the man beneath the bureaucrat - the former flute player who longs to break out of his ordered existence and express himself fully. A FORGOTTEN TUNE FOR THE FLUTE becomes a powerful and compelling love story set in a society of transition. 131 minutes. In Russian with English subtitles.
A SLAVE OF LOVE
It is 1918 and the Bolshevik Revolution has just taken place. In the south of Russia a film crew is attempting to finish a romantic melodrama, oblivious to the tide of change about to engulf them. Their film supply runs out, government troops invade their set and the turmoil of revolution draws closer. Only the beautiful leading lady is able to recognize the political realities, as falling in love with a Bolshevik cameraman she finds herslef caught up in the forces of transformation. 94 minutes. In Russian with English subtitles.
A TASTE OF THE WEST - BRINGING FREE ENTERPRISE TO THE SOVIET UNION
TASTE documents a 14 year odyssey to open the first McDonald's restaurant in Moscow, and the subsequent growth -- and unprecedented success of this historic joint venture between McDonald's and the Moscow City Council. But more than that, this video vividly illustrates the challenges that must be met and overcome if a market economy is to succeed and flourish in Russia. "Taste of the West" is the story of a joint venture that has had phenomentally far-reaching effects on Russia and its transition to a market economy.
ALEXANDER NEVSKY
"Go home and tell all in foreign lands that Russia lives. Let them come to us as guests without fear. But if anyone comes to us with the sword, he shall perish by the sword. On this the Russian land stands and will stand." [--Prince Alexander Yaroslavich Nevsky]. These words given to the defeated Germans by Alexander Nevsky are a perfect summation of emotions one feels after watching the spectacular routing of the Germans by the Russian soldiers on Lake Peipus. The two greatest aspects of this monumental film are the superb battle scenes and the perfect fusion of image and music, which make the climatic "battle on ice" so exciting to watch. 108 minutes. In Russian with English subtitles.
AUTUMN MARATHON
A gentle English translator and university professor living in Leningrad can no longer separate his personal life from his duties and, while he doesn['t wish to harm anyone, his life becomes increasingly muddled by his loving wife, a demanding mistress, a wretched colleague, hounding students and a neighbor who rings his doorbell at dawn everyday during the jogging season. The hours become shorter and the situation more desperate. His wife and then his mistress leave him. Deciding to change his life radically, he becomes a new man only to have his wife and then his mistress return to him and, once again, he returns to jogging with his neighbor. Life has made a full circle. 100 minutes.
BALLAD OF A SOLDIER
A classic love story centering about a Russian youth on leave in World War II and the young country girl who captures his heart. 89 minutes. In Russian with English subtitles.
BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN
Based on actual events: the fierce mutiny aboard a battleship in Czarist Russia (1905) and the bloody aftermath, in which the Czar's troops ruthlessly massacred hundreds of innocent citizens who had sympathized with the mutineers. Eisenstein saw these events as symbolic of the class struggle that would culminate in the 1917 Russian Revolution, and he used the film as a demonstration of his vast array of "montage" (editing) techniques. The "Odessa Steps" sequence is virtual textbook of film editing (rapid "collisions" of images, parallel editing, cutting on form, expansion of time) but the sequence, and the film as a whole, go beyond aesthetic principles and stand as a vibrant, heart-stopping drama. The images are absolutely unforgettable; a line of Cossacks, firing as they steadily advance; a small group of townspeople, pathetically huddled together at the foot of the steps; a mother, defiantly carrying her wounded child back up the steps toward the waiting soldiers; a baby carriage, rolling down helplessly, about to be cut down by a vicious Cossack. This is one of the great cinema classics. Silent film with music score, correct projection speed. 73 minutes.
BURGLAR, THE
The USSR rock star Konstantin Kinchev stars as a rocker who is deeply involved with the local pun k scene and has the MTV T-shirt to prove it. Eager for contact with the wider world, Kostya (Kinchev) and his friends study slides of everything from the assassination attempt on the Pope to a beach scene in Japan. The rebel's younger brother Senka is left adrift due to his mother's death which has turned his father into an alcoholic philanderer. Confused and full of idolatry he tries to become closer to his brother, with disastrous results. The rock music which fills the movie and the style of dress are surprisingly Westernm in influence. 83 minutes. In Russian with English subtitles.
COME AND SEE
Set in 1943 German-occupied Byelorussia, the film follows an adolescent boy through the nightmare that is war. 142 minutes. In Russian with English subtitles.
COMMISSAR
In this extraordinary human drama set against the Russian Civil War, a tough Red Army Commander's military career is disrupted by an unwanted pregnancy. Forced to stay with a poor Jewish family until her child is born, she comes face to face with the realities of different cultures, and finds herself transformed by the warmth and compassion of her hosts. Ultimately, she is forced to make the most difficult decision of her life: to rejoin her troops at the front, or stay with her child. 105 minutes. In Russian with English subtitles.
EISENSTEIN
Well-done Soviet-made biography of Sergei Eisenstein, the most famous Russian Director. With rare footage of his early life, first films and famous masterpieces ("Potemkin", "Strike", and "Ivan", etc.). Ample proof of Eisenstein's important contributions to cinematic editing, montage, compositions, and technique. 48 minutes. In English.
GLASNOST FILM FESTIVAL: ARE YOU GOING TO THE BALL
What is the price young athletes pay for their fleeting celebrity? This film takes an unprecedented look at one of the Soviet Union's most sacred institutions: its world famous women's gymnastic team. "It seems to me I gave up all my health for gymnastics," a former champion sighs. Featured is Olga Korbut. 28:15 minutes In Russian with English subtitles.
GLASNOST FILM FESTIVAL: BLACK SQUARE
BLACK SQUARE tells the story of Russia's artistic avant-garde from the 1950's to the 1970's, when artist's works could be smashed by a bulldozer, flooded with acid, or covered with concrete. The film is a cinematic appreciation of works only recently allowed to be exhibited and of the artists that created them. Length: 56:25 minutes. In Russian with English subtitles.
GLASNOST FILM FESTIVAL: DIALOGUES
A bacchanal of rock-jazz music erupts in an abandoned Leningrad palace. Collective singing, dancing, and playing makes this group of people a community and an ensemble, not just a crowd. Length: 29 minutes. In Russian with English subtitles.
GLASNOST FILM FESTIVAL: EARLY ON SUNDAY
EARLY ON SUNDAY is a simple endearing film. On a Sunday morning in winter several old village women go to the forest to gather wood. Their unpretentious observations evoke bursts of laughter, feelings of compassion, and an immense respect for the dignity and patience of the women. Length: 16 minutes. In Russian with English subtitles.
GLASNOST FILM FESTIVAL: SCENES AT A FOUNTAIN
A powerful, 600-foot-high column of fire--burned for over a year on the shores of the Caspian Sea. The film dramatically documents the courageous firemen who risked their lives to cap the howling blaze. Length: 28 minutes. In Russian with English subtitles.
GLASNOST FILM FESTIVAL: THE LIMIT
"This is a shout of horror about how the terrible catastrophe of drinking condemns a human being," one Soviet critic wrote about this film. Families are divided, homes are neglected, kids are hungry. "This film is filled with cruel truth...showing the limit beyond which humanity is no more...." Length: 14:40 minutes. In Russian with English subtitles.
GLASNOST FILM FESTIVAL: THE TAILOR
THE TAILOR is a sobering look at the spiritual void and disillusionment of the current generation of the middle-aged adults. They entered life with faith in their destiny and in love. But by the dawn of the Brezhnev years, they were aged before their time, having lost the opportunity for creative self-realization. Length: 50 minutes. In Russian with English subtitles.
GLASNOST FILM FESTIVAL: THE TEMPLE
A strikingly beautiful film about the 1000th anniversary of Christianity in Russia. The filmmakers interpret the spiritual experience of the nation anew. We attend a holiday celebration at the Trinity-Sergius Monastery at Zagorsk. We see how a burned house of worship is restored by the entire community. And we talk with a young mond and an 80-year-old parish priest, Nikolai, Who merrily describes his life. Length: 59 minutes.
GLASNOST FILM FESTIVAL: TOMORROW IS A HOLIDAY
With indifferent movements, women workers stuff live chickens into metal containers. The camera observes taht there is not much difference between the executioners and the victims. The workers' dorms are utilitarian lodgings, sort of containers for people. The women "keep singing to avoid crying or swearing." 18:30 minutes. In Russian with English subtitles.
INSIDE GORBACHEV'S USSR: COMING APART
Tracing the dramatic evolution of Soviet nationalism since Gorbachev's call to glasnost, COMING APART reveals the growing unrest that threatens Gorbachev's authority and survival. Determined to restore their culture and deveviled by economic and social hardships, ethnic groups in the Soviet republics are challenging central control with the resurgence of religious movements, ethnic rivalries and even demands for independence. Covering over 10,000 miles of the Soviet Union, this program vividly lays open the growing tensions in five different republics. It bares the resentment over Soviet economic exploitation in Uzbekistan, follows the political emergence to reduce the violence between Muslims and Christians, witnesses the restoration of a 300-year-old Russian Orthodox church, and profiles the political leaders in Lithuania's struggle for independence. COMING APART pictures an empire on the verge of an implosion. 60 minutes. In English.
INSIDE GORBACHEV'S USSR: COMFORTABLE LIES, BITTER TRUTHS
The Russsian word for "openness" is glasnost. And this attempt to face the truth of the past and generate new ideas is perhaps the most radical reform Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev has initiated in order to expedite the economic and political trans-formation of the Soviet Union. But after seventy years of repression and no experience with democratic values, establishing democratic institution in the USSR is difficult. COMFORTABLE LIES, BITTER TRUTHS reveals how glasnost has taken hold in those areas where government controls were once rigidly applied--Soviet television, newspapers, documentary cinema, and even the highschool classroom. There are scenes of citizens criticizing the old and new regimes; media professionals and teachers exposing historical lies, trying to stimulate independent thought; and hard-liners denouncing the innovations of glasnost. It is a vivid picture of how the Soviets are dealing with Gorbachev's plan to replace party slogans with fresh thinking in his fight against a powerful bureaucracy. Length: 60 minutes. In English.
INSIDE GORBACHEV'S USSR: LOOKING FOR PERESTROIKA
Mikhail Gorbachev has made perestroika, the reconstruction, a test of his leadership. Recognizing that the Soviet economy was in shambles, he launched his plan to modernize the system by curbing central planners and introducing a touch of capitalism. Is it working? To find out, LOOKING FOR PERESTROIKA visits a coal mine, a state farm, a huge industrial plant, a private enterprise in the construction industry, and the economic ministry in the Kremlin. Listening to workers, state managers, entrepreneurs, and economists is an eye-opening experience, revealing the possibilities and the actual results of years of attempted economic reform. Most importantly, we are privy to the conflicting opinions about perestroika of the Russian people, upon whose initiative depends the ultimate success of a daring program that has the potential to either lift the Soviet Union out of economic crisis or plunge it deeper into turmoil. 60 minutes. In English.
INSIDE GORBACHEV'S USSR: THE TASTE OF DEMOCRACY
The Soviet people are finding the taste of democracy both sweet and bitter. While Gorbachev tries to transform a political system shaped by decades of terror under Joseph Stalin and stagnation under Leonid Brezhnev, the old, conservative power structure (although slipping) struggles to thwart the newly enfranchised citizenry. Gorbachev is using elections to purge the party apparatus, enlisting the people to drive reactionary party bosses and bureaucrats from office. To help reach his goal of a more democratic form of government, a super parliament has been installed by free elections, From emotion-charged sessions at this new Congress of Deputies to defiant meetings of neighborhood councils, THE TASTE OF DEMOCRACY shows how ordinary citizens are confronting powerful institutions in ways that are novel to Soviet society. It reveals a remarkable display of openness and commitment to political action by a people once fearful of being shipped to Siberia for uttering even the mildest form of independent expression. 60 minutes. In English.
IS IT EASY TO BE YOUNG?
"Five thousand teenagers screaming at a rock concert. Punks in studded black leather. A school drop-out looking for faith in Hare Krishna cult. A young veteran who feels "unclean" after his battlefront experience. An "underground" filmmaker whose friends have become drug addicts... Alienated youth may sound like overexposed old news in the United States, but his is a Soviet film!" 85 minutes. In Latvian with English subtitles.
IVAN THE TERRIBLE, Part 1
Ivan, the first Tsar of all the Russias, ascends the throne and marries Anastasia. A monumental historical pageant. 96 minutes. In Russian with English subtitles.
IVAN THE TERRIBLE, Part 2
Completed after the war, Part II, a separate film, shows even greater mastery of the film medium by the most famous Soviet Director. Ivan returns from retirement to fight the Boyars. 82 minutes. In Russian with English subtitles.
KINDERGARTEN
KINDERGARTEN is a sprawling, semi-autobiographical film which follows the adventures of a young boy, violin in hand, cast adrift in Russia during World War II. Chock-ful of colorful characters, songs, poetry, and surreal interludes, the film bursts with exuberance and deeply felt sentiment that characterize Yevtushenko's finest poems. 143 minutes. In Russian with English subtitles.
OBLOMOV
Oblomov lies in bed, pondering one vital, earth-shattering question: Should he get up? Thus we meet one of the greatest creations in all Russian literature - Oblomov, good-natured and indolent, with the mind of a reasonable man and the ambition of a giant sloth, wearily reclining while a procession of visitors pleads with him to change his ways. We are drawn to this strange figue int he same way as is the energetic Stolz or the beautiful and vivacious Olga. For Oblomov's idiosyncrasies are universal...and "Oblomovism" knows no class, no era, no country; it finds a home in every human heart. 145 minutes.
PEOPLE'S GALA CONCERT
Filmmaker Semyon Aranovich rips the cloak off history in telling a story that could never be told before. He uses rare archival footage and interviews hundreds of survivors and their descendants who broke decades of silence to talk about bizarre, painful, and absurdly tragic events. What emerges is no less than the portrait of an era. Russian dialogue with English subtitles. 143 minutes.
PRIVATE LIFE
Reminiscent of Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman," PRIVATE LIFE intimately examines the personal reawakening to the joys of a recently dismissed factory executive. Faced with the prospect of nothing to do, he is forced to re-examine his relationships with friends and family members. After several emotional confrontations that shake him into a new awareness, he slowly becomes morew and more sensitive and giving to the people in his life. Just as this new found warmth has blossomed, an executive position becomes available and he must search his conscience for the right balance between responsibility to his job and to his family. This is a story of modern Russia with universal appeal. 103 minutes. In Russian with English subtitles.
RASPUTIN
History's most bizarre madman comes to life in this story of the illiterate "prophet" who brought Russia to its feet and sparked the revolution that toppled the throne. Director Elem Klimov captures the rise of the monstrous Rasputin, his influence over the royal court, and his lust for power that eventually threatens the House of Romanoff...and all of Russia. 104 minutes. In Russian with English subtitles.
SCARECROW
"SCARECROW is an inspired look at life through the eyes of young teens. This glimpse of Russian youth is hard-edged, exposing the incredible cruelty that children can inflict on one another." 130 minutes
SOVIET CLASSICS: CHAPEYEV
A warm and human Red Army commander becomes dedicated to Bolshevism as a result of his close relationship with his political commissar during the battles of 1919. Directed by Sergei and Gregory Vasiliev, this was Stalin's favorite propaganda film. 101 minutes [English subtitles]
ST. PETERSBURG AND THE PALACES AN IMPERIAL ADVENTURE IN MISSISSIPPI, USA
Jackson Mississippi television feature reporter, Walt Grayson, returned home from a week in St. Petersburg spellbound by the palaces, gardens, the city, and its architecture which he saw there. He invites you to join him on his journey to Pavlovsk, Peterhof, Gatchina, and the Catherine Palace where he not only visits the rooms recreated in the Mississippi exhibition, but also explores the palace grounds and gardens. If you cannot actually go to St. Petersburg in person, then consider this your golden carriage, and travel along with Walt.
STALIN: DESPOT
The policies of forced collectivization and rapid industrialization Stalin instituted in 1929 began a reign of terror that changed the political course of history forever. DESPOT examines Stalin's manipulation of the system he established to throw his country head-long into change. 58 minutes. In English.
STALIN: GENERALISSIMO
This final episode of the series focuses on Stalin as military leader and planner, and outlines his domestic and foreign policies during the last 20 years of his life, Interviews with Soviet writer Lev Kopelev bear witness to the fact that the value of Stalin's legacy continues to be debated even today. 58 minutes. In English.
STALIN: REVOLUTIONARY
Was Joseph Stalin a man of vision who led his backward people forward, or was he a ruthless, manipulative villain who forced his country into submission? Today as change sweeps the Soviet Union, the historical role of the "man of steel" becomes increasingly apparent. Stalin, a compelling three-part series, casts new light on the complex man who stood at the helm of his country for over a quarter of a century, and transfomred it into a major world power. Featuring rare, never-before-seen archival footage and exclusive interviews with relatives of Stalin, Lenin, Trotsky, and Bukharin, these informative programs trace Stalin's rise to power, and explore the impact he had on his country, his people, and the world. REVOLUTIONARY chronicles the rise of Stalin from his early years as a young man training for the priesthood, through his transformation into a revolutionary sought by the czarist police, and finally his emergence as a leader in the Communist Party. Viewers gain valuable insight into the factors that led to the formation of Stalin's personal goals, and how they influenced his plans for his country. 58 minutes. In English.
THE LADY WITH THE DOG
Anton Chekhov's classic short story comes to life in this acclaimed Russian film from 1960. It tells the story of a bored, married banker from Moscow who meets a young married woman while on vacation in Yalta at the beginning of the century. They drift into an affair that turns into true love, yet the conventions of society and the couple's need to feel respectable force them to return to their old lives. Over the years they meet for clandestine afternoons, but cannot find the strength to break with their pasts. 89 minutes. In Russian with English subtitles.
WILD,WILD EAST
CNN presents the current problems involving organized crime in Moscow today. In English
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