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Every fortnight former Moscow resident Ally Pitts is joined by a guest to discuss a Russian film, or a film with a Russian connection.

Every fortnight former Moscow resident Ally Pitts is joined by a guest to discuss a Russian film, or a film with a Russian connection.
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Every fortnight former Moscow resident Ally Pitts is joined by a guest to discuss a Russian film, or a film with a Russian connection.

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English


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How I Ended This Summer (Aleksei Popogrebsky; 2010)

9/5/2019
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Brace yourself for inclement weather, isolation, and factual wang in How I Ended This Summer, directed by Aleksei Popogrebsky. To discuss the film, Ally is joined once again by occasional watcher of Russian films and all-round splendid fellow, Lyn Seren. Expect SPOILERS from about 18 minutes in until the end. CONTENT WARNING: in addition to extremely brief nudity, the film seemed to suggest a possible suicide off-screen, and this is discussed briefly during the episode. How I Ended this...

Duration:01:16:35

Little Vera (Vasily Pichul; 1988)

8/1/2019
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We're all going on a summer holiday...to the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic! It's pretty grim and industrial, but at least it's sunny! This month's film is Little Vera, directed by Vasily Pichul and written by Mariya Khmelik. To discuss the film, Ally is joined by chef, KinoVino supper club founder, and author of Salt and Time: Recipes from a Russian Kitchen, Alissa Timoshkina. Check out Alissa's amazing culinary creations at: www.instagram.com/borsch_and_no_tears/ Expect SPOILERS...

Duration:01:35:29

Come and See (Elem Klimov; 1985)

7/4/2019
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CONTENT WARNING: We're dispensing with the usual jovial intro this time as the film discussed on this episode, Come and See, directed by Elem Klimov, contains sustained depictions of atrocities, including rape and mass murder. It's a very, very tough watch. Joining Ally for this harrowing experience is London-based singer-songwriter and poet Sasha Ilyukevich. You can find out more about him and his band The Highly Skilled Migrants here: www.sashailyukevich.com/ SPOILERS from about 49...

Duration:01:44:57

Onegin (Martha Fiennes; 1999)

6/6/2019
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We're partying like it's 1999, not just because it's a new season of the podcast, but also because our film this time, Onegin, directed by Martha Fiennes, is from that very year. Joining Ally for the festivities are two returning guests: writer and period drama drama connoisseur Jenny Shelton, and Russian language and literature graduate and maker of a mean breakfast/brunch sangria Carrie Pitts. SPOILERS from about 28 minutes onwards. CONTENT WARNING: the film contains very brief but...

Duration:01:24:49

Attraction (Fyodor Bondarchuk; 2017)

4/18/2019
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What if aliens visited Earth? And what if they crash-landed in Russia instead of the US? And what if one of them was hunky? All these questions and more are answered in Fyodor Bondarchuk's 2017 film Attraction. To discuss the film Ally is once again joined by researcher and sci-fi fan Teegan Johnson. Expect SPOILERS from about 13 minutes in onwards. CONTENT WARNING: The film depicts gender-based violence and consent issues. Attraction stars Irina Starshenbaum, Alexander Petrov, Rinal...

Duration:01:17:25

Letter Never Sent (Mikhail Kalatozov; 1960)

4/4/2019
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Diamonds! Peril! Shirtless propagandistic digging! are just some of the things awaiting us in Mikhail Kalatozov's Letter Never Sent from 1960. To discuss the film Ally is once again joined by jolly good chap and fellow REM appreciator Lyn Seren. Expect SPOILERS from about 20 minutes in onwards. Letter Never Sent stars Tatyana Samoylova, Evgeny Urbansky, Vasily Livanov, and Innokenty Smoktunovsky. If you'd like to get in touch and tell us what you thought of the film and/or the podcast...

Duration:00:51:03

Welcome, Or No Trespassing (Elem Klimov, 1964)

3/21/2019
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Hurrah! We're all heading off to a thinly-veiled metaphor for the Soviet Union... Oops, I mean, summer camp! Our film is Welcome, or No Trespassing from 1964, directed by Elem Klimov. Ally's guest this time is writer, TV producer, and stand-up comedian Tanya Lukyanova. You can follow her on Instagram: www.instagram.com/tanya_lucky/ And check out her YouTube series Russian Something: www.youtube.com/channel/UCaq-2DyBRU6OM7ot4G6cM0A This episode SPOILERS from about 18 mins in until the...

Duration:00:59:43

The Cranes are Flying (Mikhail Kalatozov; 1957)

3/7/2019
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This time around we're watching The Cranes are Flying from 1957, directed by Mikhail Kalatozov. Ally is once again joined by Russian language & literature grad, foodie, and reluctant veteran of the podcast Carrie Pitts. SPOILERS from about 18 mins in until the end. CONTENT WARNING: a rape is strongly implied to have taken place off screen. The Cranes are Flying stars Tatyana Samoylova, Alexei Batalov, Aleksandr Shvorin, Vasiliy Merkurev, and Svetlana Kharitonova. If you'd like to get in...

Duration:00:45:24

The Diamond Arm (Leonid Gaidai; 1969)

2/21/2019
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This time around, we've unwittingly got ourselves mixed up with Leonid Gaidai's 1969 crime caper The Diamond Arm. To discuss the film, Ally is joined by Olivia Capozzalo & Smith Freeman, who co-host She's in Russia podcast, which is a mostly weekly audio grab-bag of Russia-related awesomeness. You should definitely have a listen. You'll find relevant links here: http://shesinrussia.com The Diamond Arm stars Yuri Nikulin, Andrei Mironov, Nonna Mordyukova, Anatoly Papanov, Nina Grebeshkova,...

Duration:01:41:14

War and Peace (King Vidor; 1956)

2/7/2019
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Get yer boots on, as we're off to do battle with King Vidor's 1956 interpretation of Lev Tolstoy's War and Peace! To talk about the film, Ally is joined by podcaster and masterful storyteller Adam Roche of The Secret History of Hollywood, Attaboy, Clarence, and (most recently) Talking Pictures TV Podcast. Find out more about his podcasts at: www.attaboyclarence.com Expect SPOILERS from about 22 minutes in until the end. War and Peace stars Audrey Hepburn, Henry Fonda, Mel Ferrer, Vittorio...

Duration:01:16:09

Prisoner of the Caucasus AKA Kidnapping, Caucasian Style (Leonid Gaidai; 1966)

1/24/2019
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This time around, we're off to the southern borderlands (possibly against our will) for Leonid Gaidai's Prisoner of the Caucasus AKA Kidnapping, Caucasian Style from 1966. To discuss the film, Ally is joined by writer and filmmaker Nadia Bee. You can read her reviews and interviews at: https://kinefile.com/about/, https://www.scenesjournal.com/interviews/, and https://www.myfilmclub.co.uk/. Expect SPOILERS from 15 minutes in until the end. CONTENT WARNING: bride-kidnapping is central to...

Duration:00:53:44

Ivan's Childhood (Andrei Tarkovsky; 1962)

1/10/2019
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Happy New Year, folks! For this first episode of 2019, we're watching Andrei Tarkovsky's full-length debut Ivan's Childhood from 1962. Joining Ally once again is podcaster & writer Spencer Seams, who longtime listeners will remember from last year's episode on Pavel Lungin's Tsar. Spencer & his co-host Joel Torres just concluded their run through Akira Kurosawa's films (plus a ton of other amazing Japanese cinema), High & Low: a Kurosawa Podcast. Go and check it out!...

Duration:01:09:03

Yolki AKA Six Degrees of Celebration (Timur Bekmambetov et al.; 2010)

12/27/2018
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Festive tidings, folks! We're steeping ourselves in some seasonal schmaltz with the fabulously-titled Six Degrees of Celebration (AKA Yolki) from 2010, directed by Timur Bekmambetov, Yaroslav Chevazhevskiy, Ignas Jonynas, Dmitriy Kiselev, Aleksandr Voytinskiy, and Alexander Andryuschenko. Ally is once again joined by former Moscow resident, expert heckler, and Georgian food advocate Carrie Pitts. Expect SPOILERS from about 23 minutes in until the end. Six Degrees of Celebration stars Ivan...

Duration:00:53:26

Mermaid (Anna Melikyan; 2007)

12/13/2018
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Fairy tale whimsy, spectacular Russian insults, and interplanetary fraud are just some of the aspects of Anna Melikyan's 2007 film Mermaid discussed in the first episode of season 3 of the Russophiles Unite Movie podcast. This time around, Ally is joined by podcasters and fairy tale superfans Marilag Angway and Meghan Griffin. Check out their podcast Fableulous Retellings at https://fableulousretellingspodcast.wordpress.com! Expect SPOILERS from about 19 minutes in until the end. CONTENT...

Duration:01:11:15

Ivan the Terrible: Part I (Sergei Eisenstein; 1944)

10/25/2018
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Finally, a Sergei Eisenstein film! And it only took us two seasons! For the last episode in the current season we're watching Ivan the Terrible, part I from 1944. To discuss the film, Ally is joined by film masters graduate and montage enthusiast Essie Jolliffe. Expect SPOILERS from about 10 minutes in until the end. Ivan the Terrible, part I stars: Nikolai Cherkasov, Lyudmila Tselikovskaya, Serafima Birman, and Mikhail Nazvanov. If you'd like to get in touch and tell us what you thought...

Duration:00:46:15

Fiddler on the Roof (Norman Jewison; 1971)

10/11/2018
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This fortnight's pick is a musical set in a Jewish village in Tsarist Russia on the cusp of a revolution... Les Mis, Hamilton, this...what is it about revolutions and musicals? That's right, we're watching Fiddler on the Roof, directed by Norman Jewison, from 1971. To discuss the film, Ally is joined by writer and performer Alex Taylor. Expect SPOILERS from about 15 minutes in until the end. CONTENT WARNING: the movie depicts anti-semitic attacks and persecution. Fiddler on the Roof...

Duration:00:52:23

The White Sun of the Desert (Vladimir Motyl; 1970)

9/27/2018
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This fortnight's pick is cult favourite 'Red Western'/'Eastern' The White Sun of the Desert, directed by Vladimir Motyl, and starring Anatoly Kuznetsov, Spartak Mishulin, Pavel Luspekayev, Kakhi Kavsadze, and Lidiya Smirnova. Joining Ally to discuss the film, is English language teacher, lapsed chemist, occasional YouTuber and long-time Moscow resident Ed Evans. DETAILED SPOILERS from about 19 minutes in until the end. If you'd like to get in touch and tell us what you thought of the film...

Duration:01:17:30

Ivan Vasilyevich Changes Profession (Leonid Gaidai; 1973)

9/13/2018
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This fortnight's movie is Ivan Vasilyevich Changes Profession AKA Ivan Vasilyevich: Back to the Future, directed Leonid Gaidai. To discuss the film, Ally is joined by Russophiles Unite regular and Bill and Ted enthusiast Lyn Seren. Expect SPOILERS from about 7 minutes in until the end. Ivan Vasilyevich Changes Profession stars Yuri Yakovlev, Alexandr Demyanenko, Leonid Kuravlyov, and Natalya Seleznyova. If you'd like to get in touch and tell us what you thought of the film and/or the...

Duration:00:26:09

Assa (Sergei Solovyov; 1987)

8/30/2018
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The movie this time is late '80s Russian cult favourite Assa, directed by Sergei Solovyov. To discuss the film, Ally is joined by former Moscow resident and self-described 'emergency back-up guest' Carrie Pitts. We were fortunate enough to see it on the big screen as Kino Klassika put it on as part of their #YouthOnTheMarch season of Soviet New Wave films. Expect SPOILERS from about 9 minutes in until the end. CONTENT WARNING: the movie features scenes domestic violence, and, as we...

Duration:01:14:00

Brother (Alexei Balabanov; 1997)

8/16/2018
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This fortnight's pick is iconic '90s Russian crime movie Brother, directed by Alexei Balabanov. It stars Sergei Bodrov Jr, Viktor Sukhorukov, Svetlana Pismichenko, Yury Kuznetsov, and Sergei Murzin. Ally is joined by author, former police officer, and expert on Russian organised crime Mark Bullen. DETAILED SPOILERS from about 32 minutes in until the end. Content warning: one scene ends with the implication that a character is about to be raped. Mark's book Thief in Law, which is a guide...

Duration:01:15:32