Looks like it’s list season so how about some more thematic lists?
1. The Ascent
2. Ivan’s Childhood
3. Come And See
4. The Cranes Are Flying
5. The Forty First
Only 5. Help!
ballad of a soldiersiberiade <—(i have not seen this one tho)storm over asia and of coursebattleship potemkinalexander nevsky
some if not all these should be on mosfilm’s youtube channel here
I knew that would come up :)
It’s on my todo list.
Siberiade can´t really be classified as a war film (despite one episode taking place in 1941), instead it focusses on the changes in a Siberian village throughout the 20th century. Regardless, it´s definitely worth checking out, an epic masterpiece which I would actually rank alongside Tarkovsky´s works.
^ Now you’re talking. Glad you’re still stalking the boards Apu!
Incidentally, knowing you’ve seen every other film ever made I’d be curious to hear your thoughts on -
Blockade: Luga line, Pulkov meridian (1975)Blockade: Leningrad metronome, Operation “Spark” (1977)Destiny of a Man (1959)Mir vkhodyashchemu (1961)House where I live (1957)
Have you seen any/all of these?
There might be some others I’m forgetting to mention but here are a few that come to mind immediately:
Come And SeeThe Cranes Are Flying The Ascent
_ Jariskatsis mama (Father of A Soldier)_War and Peace Trial of the Road (Proverka na dorogakh) Fate of a ManBallad Of A SoldierIvan’s Childhood Oni srazhalis za rodinu (They Fought For Their Motherland)The Dawns Here are QuietTwenty Days Without War
Cranes are Flying
Come and See
Apparently we’re not specifically focusing on one war?
Bondartschuk’s War and Peace is an experience not to be missed. Sergei Girasimov’s film of Sholokhov’s And Quiet Flows the Don is very much worth a look, and, I, too, must confess an absolute love of most of Chukhrai’s work, Ballad of a Soldier certainly, and The Forty-First most definitely. It’s such a treat just to see that amazing cinematography!
@APURSANSAR – I concur fully about Siberiade. Why this film is not more widely known or praised I do not know.
Ballad of a Soldier
Come and See
The Cranes are Flying
Trial of the Road
War and Peace
The Dawns Here are Quiet
Father of a Soldier
Siberiade streams with subtitles from cinema.mosfilm.ru
I let the movies buffer up first, as my connection is rather slow.
LenfilmVideo is a YouTube channel, but I don’t find any subtitles.
Movies from Gorky Film Studio don’t have a streaming site.
One per director (and some of them with very few battle sequences):
The Fall of Berlin (1950)
The Cranes are Flying (1957)
Ballad of a Soldier (1959)
Destiny of a Man (1959)
Ivan’s Childhood (1962)
The Unfogettable (1969)
Trial of the Road (1971)
The Dawns Here are Quiet (1972)
Bonus: Alexander Nevsky (1938)
Just a quick note:
…some of them with very few battle sequences
I wasn’t thinking about battle sequences specifically at all (but I certainly wouldn’t exclude a film with great battle sequences – far from it). I was just looking for great films centering round (any) war made in the USSR. Thanks for all the sugestions so far – keep them coming!
Oh, while I remember. Would anyone happen to know of any war Soviet films centering around snipers? After I saw Enemy At The Gates I was wondering if maybe there were any Russian films about Zaytsev or other Russian snipers (except The Forty First of course).
Mikhail Romm’s Ordinary Fascism is not a war film, but it covers Hitler and WW2, and is an excellent documentary i.m.o.
Ah yes, Commissar is very good.
“On an Unnamed Hill” (2004)