Russophiles Unite! Movie Podcast
Sunflower (Vittorio De Sica; 1970)

Sunflower (Vittorio De Sica; 1970)

October 3, 2019

World War II casts its long shadow over the podcast once more as we watch Sunflower, directed by Vittorio De Sica.

To discuss the film, Ally is once again joined by Russian language and literature grad, Carrie.

Expect SPOILERS from about 12 minutes in until the end.

Sunflower stars Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni, and Ludmila Savelyeva.

If you'd like to get in touch and tell us what you thought of the film and/or the podcast episode, it would be great to hear from you! Here are some ways you can do that:

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How I Ended This Summer (Aleksei Popogrebsky; 2010)

How I Ended This Summer (Aleksei Popogrebsky; 2010)

September 5, 2019

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 Summer stars Grigory Dobrygin and Sergey Puskepalis.

If you'd like to get in touch and tell us what you thought of the film and/or the podcast episode, it would be great to hear from you! Here are some ways you can do that:

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Little Vera (Vasily Pichul; 1988)

Little Vera (Vasily Pichul; 1988)

August 1, 2019

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 from about 55 minutes in until the end.

CONTENT WARNING: During the film it is revealed that one of the characters was from a present day standpoint in some jurisdictions the victim of statutory rape (Soviet law defined the age of consent as when an individual had reached puberty). There is also a fairly explicit sex scene.

Little Vera stars Natalya Negoda, Andrey Sokolov, Yuri Nazarov, Lyudmila Zaytseva, and Alexandra Tabakova.

If you'd like to get in touch and tell us what you thought of the film and/or the podcast episode, it would be great to hear from you! Here are some ways you can do that:

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Come and See (Elem Klimov; 1985)

Come and See (Elem Klimov; 1985)

July 4, 2019

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 minutes in until the end.

Come and See stars Aleksei Kravchenko and Olga Mironova.

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Onegin (Martha Fiennes; 1999)

Onegin (Martha Fiennes; 1999)

June 6, 2019

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 fairly graphic violence.

Onegin stars Ralph Fiennes, Liv Tyler, Toby Stephens, and Lena Headey.

If you'd like to get in touch and tell us what you thought of the film and/or the podcast episode, here are some ways you can do that:

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Attraction (Fyodor Bondarchuk; 2017)

Attraction (Fyodor Bondarchuk; 2017)

April 18, 2019

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 Mukhametov, Evgeny Mikheev and Oleg Menshikov.

If you'd like to get in touch and tell us what you thought of the film and/or the podcast episode, here are some ways you can do that:

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Letter Never Sent (Mikhail Kalatozov; 1960)

Letter Never Sent (Mikhail Kalatozov; 1960)

April 4, 2019

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 episode, here are some ways you can do that:

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Welcome, Or No Trespassing (Elem Klimov, 1964)

Welcome, Or No Trespassing (Elem Klimov, 1964)

March 21, 2019

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 Somethingwww.youtube.com/channel/UCaq-2DyBRU6OM7ot4G6cM0A

This episode SPOILERS from about 18 mins in until the end.

Welcome, or No Trespassing stars Viktor Kosykh, Evgeny Evstignyev, Aleksei Smirnov, Lidiya Smirnova, and Arina Aleynikova. 

If you'd like to get in touch and tell us what you thought of the film and/or the podcast episode, here are some ways you can do that:

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The Cranes are Flying (Mikhail Kalatozov; 1957)

The Cranes are Flying (Mikhail Kalatozov; 1957)

March 7, 2019

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 touch and tell us what you thought of the film and/or the podcast episode, here are some ways you can do that:

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The Diamond Arm (Leonid Gaidai; 1969)

The Diamond Arm (Leonid Gaidai; 1969)

February 21, 2019

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, and Svetlana Svetlichnaya.

If you'd like to get in touch and tell us what you thought of the film and/or the podcast episode, here are some ways you can do that:

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