Russophiles Unite! A Russian & Soviet Movie Podcast
FEED TAKEOVER! SRB Podcast episode: The Stalinist Film Industry

FEED TAKEOVER! SRB Podcast episode: The Stalinist Film Industry

September 25, 2022

Ally Pitts introduces a conversation between Sean Guillory and Maria Belodubrovskaya that was originally recorded for the SRB Podcast. Find it wherever you listen to this podcast.

There's also a brief update on what's happening with the show.

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Trailer: Teddy Goes to the USSR podcast

Trailer: Teddy Goes to the USSR podcast

June 26, 2022

We highly recommend you check out this history podcast series centering on Teddy Roe, an American who visited the Soviet Union in 1968.

Visit the Teddy Goes to the USSR website, or find the show wherever you get your podcasts.

The Lord Eagle (Eduard Novikov; 2018)

The Lord Eagle (Eduard Novikov; 2018)

May 8, 2022

Jenny Shelton from the RSPB discusses this historical drama from Yakutia with host Ally Pitts. The film centres around an elderly couple whose grueling but predictable life in rural Siberia in the 1930s is a disrupted by the arrival of mysterious bird of prey.

Episode Sponsor:

You can watch The Lord Eagle, along with many other films from Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, and Central Asia on the streaming service Klassiki Online.

Read Maria Sibiryakova's interview with the stars of The Lord Eagle, Zoya Popova and Stepan Petrov at Klassiki Online.

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If you're listening from the UK, you can pick up a book from our uk.bookshop.org affiliate store; 10% of the sale will go towards the running of the show, and another 10% will go towards supporting independent bookshops around the country.

There's also our www.rusandsov.com affiliate store where you can get t-shirts, wall posters, coffee mugs, and more with a Russian and or Soviet theme. If you use the promo code RUSSOPHILESUNITE at check out, you'll get 10% off, and they ship locally in the US, the EU, and Australia.

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Music:

The show's intro music is Cold by Sasha Ilyukevich and the Highly Skilled Migrants.

You can find more of their music at: https://thehighlyskilledmigrants.bandcamp.com/ or on Spotify.

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#Reviews4Good at Podchaser.com

#Reviews4Good at Podchaser.com

April 11, 2022

Podchaser.com is donating $0.25 to support World Central Kitchen's #ChefsForUkraine for every podcast review on their site from now until the end of April 2022.

Russophiles Unite's Podchaser page.

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More about Podchaser's #Reviews4Good campaign.

Here's Podchaser's FAQ about #Reviews4Good.

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MOVIE NEWS: Petrov’s Flu (Kirill Serebrennikov; 2021) in UK Cinemas February 2022
Bonus Episode: Stump the Guesser! (Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson, Galen Johnson; 2020)

Bonus Episode: Stump the Guesser! (Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson, Galen Johnson; 2020)

January 23, 2022

Lyn Seren joins Ally Pitts once again, this time to discuss this surreal Canadian spoof of early Soviet film.

Some Ways You Can Support the Show:

First of all, please subscribe on your podcatcher of choice, if you haven't already!

Try out MUBI for free for 30 days with our referral link, www.mubi.com/russophiles 

If you're listening from the UK, you can pick up a book from our uk.bookshop.org affiliate store; 10% of the sale will go towards the running of the show, and another 10% will go towards supporting independent bookshops around the country.

There's also our www.rusandsov.com affiliate store where you can get t-shirts, wall posters, coffee mugs, and more with a Russian and or Soviet theme. If you use the promo code RUSSOPHILESUNITE at check out, you'll get 10% off, and they ship locally in the US, the EU, and Australia.

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The show's intro music is Cold by Sasha Ilyukevich and the Highly Skilled Migrants.

You can find more of their music at: https://thehighlyskilledmigrants.bandcamp.com/ or on Spotify.

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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New Year 2022 Bonus Episode

New Year 2022 Bonus Episode

January 17, 2022

What else did Ally get up to last year when he wasn't recording Russophiles Unite episodes?

Carnival Night (Eldar Ryazanov; 1956)

Carnival Night (Eldar Ryazanov; 1956)

December 26, 2021

Carrie & Ally Pitts discuss a Khrushchev Thaw-era musical satirical comedy from the director of Soviet New Year staple The Irony of Fate, or Enjoy Your Bath!.

Some Ways You Can Support the Show:

First of all, please subscribe on your podcatcher of choice, if you haven't already!

If you're listening from the UK, you can pick up a book from our uk.bookshop.org affiliate store; 10% of the sale will go towards the running of the show, and another 10% will go towards supporting independent bookshops around the country.

There's also our www.rusandsov.com affiliate store where you can get t-shirts, wall posters, coffee mugs, and more with a Russian and or Soviet theme. If you use the promo code RUSSOPHILESUNITE at check out, you'll get 10% off, and they ship locally in the US, the EU, and Australia.

If you enjoyed this episode, please follow and rate us on Podchaser: www.podchaser.com/russophilesunitemoviepodcast

The show's intro music is Cold by Sasha Ilyukevich and the Highly Skilled Migrants.

You can find more of their music at: https://thehighlyskilledmigrants.bandcamp.com/ or on Spotify.

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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The Lighthouse (AKA Mayak) (Maria Saakyan; 2006)

The Lighthouse (AKA Mayak) (Maria Saakyan; 2006)

November 30, 2021

Film historian and Hamo Bek-Nazarov Project co-founder Daniel Bird joins Ally Pitts to discuss this astonishing debut feature by the late Armenian-Russian director Maria Saakyan. 

To celebrate the release of the new restoration the film on region-free Blu-ray, Second Run are offering 10% off the list price of The Lighthouse and/or any other Blu-ray or DVD on Secondrundvd.com. coupon code RUSSOPHILES at check-out. PLEASE NOTE: this discount covers the Blu-rays & DVDs at secondrundvd.com only, and does not apply to delivery charges. The offer is available until 28th April 2022.

Mayak is also streaming on MUBI. You can claim your free 30-day trial of their incredible film streaming service by visiting: www.mubi.com/russophiles

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If you're listening from the UK, you can pick up a book from our uk.bookshop.org affiliate store; 10% of the sale will go towards the running of the show, and another 10% will go towards supporting independent bookshops around the country.

There's also our www.rusandsov.com affiliate store where you can get t-shirts, wall posters, coffee mugs, and more with a Russian and or Soviet theme. If you use the promo code RUSSOPHILESUNITE at check out, you'll get 10% off, and they ship locally in the US, the EU, and Australia.

Music Credits:

The show's intro music is Cold by Sasha Ilyukevich and the Highly Skilled Migrants.

You can find more of their music at: https://thehighlyskilledmigrants.bandcamp.com/ or on Spotify.

Contact Us

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The Lighthouse (AKA Mayak) (Maria Saakyan; 2006) Second Run Blu-ray Twitter Competition Terms & Conditions

The Lighthouse (AKA Mayak) (Maria Saakyan; 2006) Second Run Blu-ray Twitter Competition Terms & Conditions

September 22, 2021

The Lighthouse [AKA Mayak] (Maria Saakyan; 2006) Blu-ray Giveaway on Twitter

A new restoration of Maria Saakyan’s stunning film The Lighthouse AKA Mayak is out on Blu-ray on 27th September 2021! To celebrate, we've teamed up with Second Run to give away 2 copies of the Blu-ray.

To enter:

1) Follow @RussophilesU & @SecondRunDVD on Twitter.

2) Retweet the tweet about the competition (You'll find it at this link).

3) Tag a friend in the replies, or in a quote tweet.

Terms & Conditions:

1. By entering into the competition, all entrants agree to be bound by the terms and conditions.

2. This competition is only open to entrants over 16 years of age.

3. The two winners will receive one of two copies of the region-free The Lighthouse (Mayak) Blu-ray.
Please see this link for more details about the release.

4. The closing date for the competition is 8.59pm British Summer Time Monday 27th September 2021. Late entries will not be counted.

5. By entering this competition, you accept that you are prepared to provide a postal address to Second Run for them to send the Blu-ray in the event that you are selected as one of the two winners.

6. Winners will be selected at random from among the entrants. 

7. Winners will be notified by direct message on Twitter.

8. If no reply is received, an alternate winner will be picked at random.

9. The judge’s decision as to the identity of the winners shall be at their sole discretion and shall be final.  

10. In accordance with Twitter’s guidance on competitions, anyone found to have used multiple accounts to enter will not be eligible to win.

11. If you are a relative to Russophiles Unite host Alistair Pitts, or of any employee of Second Run, you will not be eligible to win one of the prizes.

12. Neither Russophiles Unite nor Second Run will disclose your email or postal address to third parties.

More information on the The Lighthouse (Mayak) Blu-ray can be found at this link.

 

Announcement: Gentlemen Don’t Get Caught, an R.E.M. Podcast, hosted by Ally Pitts & Lyn Seren

Announcement: Gentlemen Don’t Get Caught, an R.E.M. Podcast, hosted by Ally Pitts & Lyn Seren

August 8, 2021

Ally Pitts and Lyn Seren are hosting podcast where they discuss the music of alternative rock legends R.E.M. one track at a time. It's called Gentlemen Don't Get Caught, and we think you should listen to it!

You can find the show at this link

STATE FUNERAL (Sergei Loznitsa; 2019)

STATE FUNERAL (Sergei Loznitsa; 2019)

May 21, 2021

Kristaps Andrejsons, journalist and host of The Eastern Border podcast, joins Ally Pitts to discuss this documentary which provides a startling insight into the cult of personality surrounding Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin.

STATE FUNERAL is now showing on MUBI. You can claim your free 30-day trial of their incredible film streaming service by visiting: www.mubi.com/russophiles

CONTENT WARNING: In this episode, we discuss the violence of the Soviet state under Joseph Stalin.

If you're listening from the UK, you can pick up a copy of The Last Days of Stalin by Joshua Rubenstein, It's Only a Joke, Comrade by Jonathan Waterlow, or another book from the wide selection in our uk.bookshop.org virtual affiliate bookshop. 10% of the sale will go towards the running of the show, and another 10% will go towards supporting independent bookshops around the country.

There's also our www.rusandsov.com affiliate store where you can get t-shirts, wall posters, coffee mugs, and more with a Russian and or Soviet theme. If you use the promo code RUSSOPHILESUNITE at check out, you'll get 10% off, and they ship locally in the US, the EU, and Australia.

If you enjoyed this episode, please follow and rate us on Podchaser: www.podchaser.com/russophilesunitemoviepodcast

The show's intro music is Cold by Sasha Ilyukevich and the Highly Skilled Migrants.

You can find more of their music at: https://thehighlyskilledmigrants.bandcamp.com/ or on Spotify.

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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Gorky Park (Michael Apted; 1983)

Gorky Park (Michael Apted; 1983)

May 2, 2021

Phil Manchester, former Moscow resident and pub quizmaster extraordinaire, joins Ally Pitts to discuss this adaptation of the first of Martin Cruz Smith's Arkady Renko detective novels, set in early 1980s Moscow.

CONTENT WARNING: The film includes violence and gore, including violence against women.

SPOILERS for both the book and the film (and indeed subsequent Renko books) from about 23 minutes in until the end.

Support the show/fund Ally's caffeine habit at: ko-fi.com/russophilesunite

Listeners in the UK can help the show by picking up a book from our uk.bookshop.org affiliate store. The selection includes Gorky Park and the rest of Martin Cruz Smith's Arkady Renko novels.

There's also our www.rusandsov.com affiliate store where you can get t-shirts, wall posters, coffee mugs, and more with a Russian and or Soviet theme. If you use the promo code RUSSOPHILESUNITE at check out, you'll get 10% off, and they ship locally in the US, the EU, and Australia.

If you enjoyed this episode, please follow and rate us on Podchaser: www.podchaser.com/russophilesunitemoviepodcast

The show's intro music is Cold by Sasha Ilyukevich and the Highly Skilled Migrants.

You can find more of their music at: https://thehighlyskilledmigrants.bandcamp.com/ or on Spotify.

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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Khraniteli (Soviet TV version of The Lord of the Rings)

Khraniteli (Soviet TV version of The Lord of the Rings)

April 12, 2021

Against their better judgement, Ally & Carrie Pitts decided to watch this extremely low-budget adaptation of JRR Tolkien's classic fantasy. Here are a few of their thoughts.

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Interview with Alex Christofi, author of Dostoevsky in Love

Interview with Alex Christofi, author of Dostoevsky in Love

April 7, 2021

Author and publisher Alex Christofi joins Ally Pitts to discuss the tumultuous life of Fyodor Dostoevsky, who is the subject of his fascinating new biography, Dostoevsky in Love, published by Bloomsbury Continuum.

Listeners in the UK can pick up a copy of Dostoevsky in Love via our uk.bookshop.org affiliate link. 10% of the sale will go towards covering the costs of running the show and you'll also be helping out independent bookshops! Visit our uk.bookshop.org affiliate store here to see the rest of our Russia-themed book selection. As you might expect, there is a section on Classics of Russian Literature.

If you'd like to get in touch, it would be great to hear from you! Here are some ways you can do that:

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I am Twenty (Marlen Khutsiev; 1965)

I am Twenty (Marlen Khutsiev; 1965)

April 4, 2021

Nadja Bee, film critic and co-founder of KinoSelect, joins Ally Pitts to discuss a sprawling drama from the 1960s in which a group of friends navigate the trials, tribulations, and joys of young adulthood. Oh, and a youthful Andrei Tarkovsky shows up briefly as a jerk at a party.

CONTENT WARNING: The film's plot includes the death of a parent.

SPOILERS from about 22 minutes in until the end.

Support the show/fund Ally's caffeine habit at: ko-fi.com/russophilesunite

Listeners in the UK can help the show by picking up a book from our uk.bookshop.org affiliate store.

There's also our www.rusandsov.com affiliate store where you can get t-shirts, wall posters, coffee mugs, and more with a Russian and or Soviet theme. If you use the promo code RUSSOPHILESUNITE at check out, you'll get 10% off, and they ship locally in the US, the EU, and Australia.

If you enjoyed this episode, please follow and rate us on Podchaser: www.podchaser.com/russophilesunitemoviepodcast

The show's intro music is Cold by Sasha Ilyukevich and the Highly Skilled Migrants.

You can find more of their music at: https://thehighlyskilledmigrants.bandcamp.com/ or on Spotify.

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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A Russian Youth (Alexander Zolotukhin; 2019)

A Russian Youth (Alexander Zolotukhin; 2019)

March 7, 2021

Lyn Seren, host of Gentlemen Don't Get Caught: An R.E.M. Podcast, joins Ally Pitts to discuss this depiction of an adolescent conscript's experience of the First World War, which features an unusual (and perhaps not wholly successful) artistic twist.

SPOILERS from about 8 minutes in until the end.

CONTENT WARNING: the film discussed contains violence and nudity.

Support the show/fund Ally's caffeine habit at: ko-fi.com/russophilesunite

Listeners in the UK can help the show by picking up a book from our uk.bookshop.org affiliate store.

There's also our www.rusandsov.com affiliate store where you can get t-shirts, wall posters, coffee mugs, and more with a Russian and or Soviet theme. If you use the promo code RUSSOPHILESUNITE at check out, you'll get 10% off, and they ship locally in the US, the EU, and Australia.

If you enjoyed this episode, please follow and rate us on Podchaser: www.podchaser.com/russophilesunitemoviepodcast

The show's intro music is Cold by Sasha Ilyukevich and the Highly Skilled Migrants.

You can find more of their music at: https://thehighlyskilledmigrants.bandcamp.com/ or on Spotify.

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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Beanpole (Kantemir Balagov; 2019)

Beanpole (Kantemir Balagov; 2019)

February 7, 2021

Lyn Seren, host of Gentlemen Don't Get Caught: An R.E.M. Podcast, joins Ally Pitts to discuss this dark exploration of a relationship between two young women living in Leningrad in the aftermath of World War II.

SPOILERS from about 20 minutes in until the end.

CONTENT WARNING: the film discussed contains many upsetting scenes, including some containing sexual violence.

Support the show/fund Ally's caffeine habit at: ko-fi.com/russophilesunite

Listeners in the UK can help the show by picking up a book from our uk.bookshop.org affiliate store.

There's also www.rusandsov.com, where you can get t-shirts, wall posters, coffee mugs, and more with a Russian and or Soviet theme. If you use the promo code RUSSOPHILESUNITE at check out, you'll get 10% off, and they ship locally in the US, the EU, and Australia.

If you enjoyed this episode, please follow and rate us on Podchaser: www.podchaser.com/russophilesunitemoviepodcast

The show's intro music is Cold by Sasha Ilyukevich and the Highly Skilled Migrants.

You can find more of their music at: https://thehighlyskilledmigrants.bandcamp.com/ or on Spotify.

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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Letterboxd: https://letterboxd.com/Ally_

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Interview with Kino Klassika season manager Olga Doletskaya

Interview with Kino Klassika season manager Olga Doletskaya

January 25, 2021

Kino Klassika is a UK non-profit organisation that highlights films from Russia, the Caucasus, and Central Asia. Shortly before the launch of Klassiki, Kino Klassika's new streaming service, Ally Pitts spoke to season manager Olga Doletskaya.

Find out more about Kino Klassika: https://www.kinoklassikafoundation.org/

Find out more about Klassiki: https://klassiki.online/

If you enjoyed this episode, please follow and rate us on Podchaser: www.podchaser.com/russophilesunitemoviepodcast

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War and Peace (Sergei Bondarchuk; 1966)

War and Peace (Sergei Bondarchuk; 1966)

January 3, 2021

Lyn Seren, host of Gentlemen Don't Get Caught: An R.E.M. Podcast joins Ally Pitts to discuss this suitably epic adaptation of Lev Tolstoy's famous masterpiece.

Support the show/fund Ally's caffeine habit at: ko-fi.com/russophilesunite

Listeners in the UK can buy War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy and Bondarchuk's War and Peace': Literary Classic to Soviet Cinematic Epic by Professor Denise J. Youngblood via our uk.bookshop.org affiliate links. 10% of the sale will go towards covering the costs of running the show and you'll also be helping out independent bookshops! Visit our uk.bookshop.org affiliate store here to see the rest of our Russia-themed book selection. As you might expect, there is a section on Classics of Russian Literature.

If you enjoyed this episode, please follow and rate us on Podchaser: www.podchaser.com/russophilesunitemoviepodcast

The show's intro music is Cold by Sasha Ilyukevich and the Highly Skilled Migrants.

You can find more of their music at: https://thehighlyskilledmigrants.bandcamp.com/ or on Spotify.

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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Letterboxd: https://letterboxd.com/Ally_

Find Ally's other podcast appearances at: https://www.podchaser.com/creators/alistair-pitts-107ZzmUqmI

Morozko [AKA Frosty AKA Father Frost AKA Jack Frost…]  (Alexander Rou; 1964)

Morozko [AKA Frosty AKA Father Frost AKA Jack Frost…] (Alexander Rou; 1964)

December 27, 2020

Carrie Pitts, Russian language & literature graduate, joins Ally Pitts to discuss this festive fairy tale adventure featuring winter wizard Ded Moroz and notorious witch Baba Yaga.

Listeners in the UK can buy Why the Bear Has No Tail: And other Russian Folk Tales, translated by Netta Peacock and The Story of Synko-Filipko and other Russian Folk Tales, (both Fontanka Press), translated by Dr Louise Hardiman via our affiliate links here and here. 10% of the sale will go towards covering the costs of running the show and you'll also be helping out independent bookshops! Visit our uk.bookshop.org affiliate store here to see the rest of our Russia-themed book selection.

If you enjoyed this episode, please follow and rate us on Podchaser: www.podchaser.com/russophilesunitemoviepodcast

Support the show/fund Ally's caffeine habit at: ko-fi.com/russophilesunite

Morozko is available for free and with English subtitles at russianfilmhub.com.

The show's intro music is Cold by Sasha Ilyukevich and the Highly Skilled Migrants.

You can find more of their music at: https://thehighlyskilledmigrants.bandcamp.com/ or on Spotify.

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Anastasia: Once Upon a Time (Blake Harris; 2020)

Anastasia: Once Upon a Time (Blake Harris; 2020)

December 6, 2020

Samantha Berkhead, Moscow Times editor and bad movie enthusiast, joins Ally Pitts to discuss this extremely ill-judged pre-teen fish-out-of-water/time-travel comedy which features the doomed Romanov princess as its main character. 

Listeners in the UK can support the show by picking up a book via our online affiliate bookshop. 10% of the sale will go towards covering the costs of running the show and you'll also be helping out independent bookshops! Visit our uk.bookshop.org affiliate store here!

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The show's intro music is Cold by Sasha Ilyukevich and the Highly Skilled Migrants.

You can find more of their music at: https://thehighlyskilledmigrants.bandcamp.com/ or on Spotify.

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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Leto (Kirill Serebrennikov; 2018)

Leto (Kirill Serebrennikov; 2018)

November 22, 2020

Caroline Ridler, academic and musician, joins Ally Pitts to discuss this musical/drama/biopic which follows the growth of the Leningrad rock scene in the early 1980s, with a particular focus on one of its most famous members, Kino frontman Viktor Tsoi.

Listeners in the UK can buy Everything Was Forever, Until It Was No More by Alexei Yurchak from Princeton University Press via our uk.bookshop.org affiliate link. 10% of the sale will go towards covering the costs of running the show and you'll also be helping out independent bookshops! Visit our uk.bookshop.org affiliate store here!

Expect SPOILERS from about 32 minutes in until the end.

Leto stars Teo Yoo, Roman Bilyk, and Irina Starshenbaum.

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Check out Caroline's bass covers of Kino songs over at her YouTube channel.

The show's intro music is Cold by Sasha Ilyukevich and the Highly Skilled Migrants.

You can find more of their music at: https://thehighlyskilledmigrants.bandcamp.com/ or on Spotify.

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Brief Encounters (Kira Muratova; 1967)

Brief Encounters (Kira Muratova; 1967)

November 2, 2020

Bianca Garner, film critic and editor and founder of In Their Own League, a website focusing on female filmmakers, joins Ally Pitts to discuss this 1960s romantic drama co-starring legendary Soviet bard Vladimir Vysotsky.

Listeners in the UK can buy Kira Muratova by Jane Taubman from Bloomsbury Books via our uk.bookshop.org affiliate link. 10% of the sale will go towards covering the costs of running the show and you'll also be helping out independent bookshops! Visit our uk.bookshop.org affiliate store here!

Expect SPOILERS from 41 minutes in until the end.

Brief Encounters also stars Kira Muratova and Nina Ruslanova.

Read Bianca's article on Kira Muratova here: intheirownleague.com/2020/06/15/in-their-own-league-hall-of-fame-kira-muratova/

You can watch the film with English subtitles at Russian Film Hub: https://russianfilmhub.com/movies/brief-encounters-1967/

Support the show/fund Ally's caffeine habit at: https://ko-fi.com/russophilesunite

The show's intro music is Cold by Sasha Ilyukevich and the Highly Skilled Migrants.

You can find more of their music at:

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Or: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1cXWmfhuDWyfKfsYADk96F

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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Mongol: The Rise to Power of Genghis Khan (Sergei Bodrov Sr; 2007)

Mongol: The Rise to Power of Genghis Khan (Sergei Bodrov Sr; 2007)

November 1, 2020

Dr Sarah Ifft Decker, professional historian and host of Media-eval: A Medieval Pop Culture Podcast, joins Ally Pitts to discuss an epic drama/war movie based on the early career of one of the most (in)famous military leaders in history.

CONTENT WARNING: a character in the film is raped off-screen, there is also several violent battle scenes. This episode also contains some discussion of historical atrocities.

Expect SPOILERS from about 48 minutes in until the end.

Mongol stars Tanobu Asano, Sun Honglei, and Khulan Chuluun.

If you enjoyed this episode, please follow and rate us on Podchaser: www.podchaser.com/russophilesunitemoviepodcast

You can listen to the episode of Media-eval: A Medieval Pop Culture Podcast that Ally guested on here: www.podchaser.com/podcasts/media-eval-a-medieval-pop-cult-754405/episodes/vikings-season-1-47983231

If you like talking about medieval stuff, you may want to pay a visit to the Media-eval Facebook group: www.facebook.com/groups/1117991018383250 

The show's intro music is Cold by Sasha Ilyukevich and the Highly Skilled Migrants.

You can find more of their music at:

https://thehighlyskilledmigrants.bandcamp.com/

Or: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1cXWmfhuDWyfKfsYADk96F

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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Find Ally's other podcast appearances at: https://www.podchaser.com/creators/alistair-pitts-107ZzmUqmI

Russian Ark (Aleksandr Sokurov; 2002)

Russian Ark (Aleksandr Sokurov; 2002)

April 2, 2020

Jonny Tickle, Moscow resident and YouTuber, joins Ally Pitts to discuss this meandering, mysterious walk through Russian history and Saint Petersberg's Hermitage Museum, filmed in a single continuous take.

Listeners in the UK can buy Alexander Sokurov: Russian Ark by Birgit Beumers via our uk.bookshop.org affiliate link. 10% of the sale will go towards covering the costs of running the show and you'll also be helping out independent bookshops. Visit our uk.bookshop.org affiliate store here!

Expect SPOILERS from about 38 minutes in until the end.

Russian Ark stars Sergei Dreiden.

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Find Jonny Tickle on Twitter at: @jonnytickle

Visit Jonny's YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKvzrcnSazCp5gYNbEaFHyg

Aleksandr Sokurov, Russian Ark by Birgit Beumers: hwww.intellectbooks.com/aleksandr-sokurov 

Publish with Intellect Books: www.intellectbooks.com/why-publish-with-us

The show's intro music is Cold by Sasha Ilyukevich and the Highly Skilled Migrants.

You can find more of their music at:

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Or: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1cXWmfhuDWyfKfsYADk96F

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My Boyfriend is an Angel (Vera Storozheva; 2011)

My Boyfriend is an Angel (Vera Storozheva; 2011)

February 13, 2020

Carrie joins Ally once again, this time to discuss a fantastical rom-com in which Sasha (Anna Starshenbaum), a student, meets Serafim (Artur Smolyaninov), a celestial visitor in Moscow on New Year's Eve.

CONTENT WARNING: As we discuss in this episode, this film contains extreme racial insensitivity and also outright racism.

Expect SPOILERS from about 17 minutes until the end.

My Boyfriend is an Angel also stars Olga Popova, Nikita Efremov, Sergey Puskepalis, Ivan Makarevich, 

The show's intro music is by Sasha Ilyukevich and the Highly Skilled Migrants.

You can find more of their music at:

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Or: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1cXWmfhuDWyfKfsYADk96F

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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Listen to Ally's other podcast appearances at: https://www.podchaser.com/creators/alistair-pitts-107ZzmUqmI

Office Romance (Eldar Ryazanov; 1977)

Office Romance (Eldar Ryazanov; 1977)

January 9, 2020

Michele Berdy, Moscow Times columnist, translator, and The Word's Worth podcast host, joins Ally to discuss this Brezhnev-era rom-com starring Alisa Freyndlikh and Andrei Myagkov.

Listeners in the UK can buy The Russian Word's Worth by Michele Berdy via our uk.bookshop.org affiliate link. 10% of the sale will go towards covering the running costs of the show and you'll also be helping out independent bookshops. Visit our uk.bookshop.org affiliate store here!

Expect SPOILERS from about 42 minutes in until the end.

Office Romance also stars Oleg Basilashvili, Svetlana Nemolyaeva, and Liya Akhedzhakova.

Listen to Michele Berdy's The Word's Worth at: http://wordsworth.themoscowtimes.com/ 

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Listen to Ally's other podcast appearances at: https://www.podchaser.com/creators/alistair-pitts-107ZzmUqmI

Chapaev (Sergey & Georgy Vasilyev; 1934)

Chapaev (Sergey & Georgy Vasilyev; 1934)

December 5, 2019

Martin Kessler, filmmaker and Flixwise: Canada host, returns to discuss this Russian Civil War set proto-action film. It has the dubious distinction of being one of Joseph Stalin's favourite movies, and it stars Boris Babochkin as the eponymous Red Army commander.

Listeners in the UK can buy Chapaev by Julian Graffy from Bloomsbury Books, via our uk.bookshop.org affiliate link. 10% of the sale will go towards covering the costs of running the show and you'll also be helping out independent bookshops! Visit our uk.bookshop.org affiliate store here!

CONTENT WARNING:

The film briefly depicts a sexual assault (it is not framed as such, but certainly reads that way to modern audiences). Ally and Martin didn't actually discuss this scene in the episode, however.

Expect SPOILERS from about 39 minutes in until the end.

Hear more of Martin on Flixwise: Canada: http://flixwise.com/category/episodes/flixwise-canada/

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Anna (Luc Besson; 2019)

Anna (Luc Besson; 2019)

November 7, 2019

Lyn Seren, veteran of the podcast and possible 6th Element, joins Ally Pitts to discuss this slightly Cold War-flavoured espionage/action film 

Expect SPOILERS from about 19 minutes in until the end.

CONTENT WARNING: the film includes depictions of an abusive relationship, self-harm, and suicidal behaviour.

Anna stars Sasha Luss, Helen Mirren, Cillian Murphy, Luke Evans, and Lera Abova.

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The show's intro music is Cold by Sasha Ilyukevich and the Highly Skilled Migrants.

You can find more of their music at:

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Or: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1cXWmfhuDWyfKfsYADk96F

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Sunflower (Vittorio De Sica; 1970)

Sunflower (Vittorio De Sica; 1970)

October 3, 2019

Carrie Pitts, Russian language and literature graduate, joins Ally again as World War II casts its long shadow over the podcast once more. 

Expect SPOILERS from about 12 minutes in until the end.

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

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Support the show/fund Ally's caffeine habit at: ko-fi.com/russophilesunite

The show's intro music is Cold by Sasha Ilyukevich and the Highly Skilled Migrants.

You can find more of their music at: https://thehighlyskilledmigrants.bandcamp.com/ or on Spotify.

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

Lyn Seren, occasional watcher of Russian films, joins Ally Pitts to discuss this tense thriller set in the Russian arctic.

Expect SPOILERS from about 18 minutes in until the end.

CONTENT WARNING: the film discussed in this episode contains an off-screen suicide , extremely brief nudity, and violence. This content is mentioned during the show.

How I Ended This Summer stars Grigory Dobrygin and Sergey Puskepalis.

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Check out Caroline's bass covers of Kino songs over at her YouTube channel.

The show's intro music is Cold by Sasha Ilyukevich and the Highly Skilled Migrants.

You can find more of their music at: https://thehighlyskilledmigrants.bandcamp.com/ or on Spotify.

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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Letterboxd: https://letterboxd.com/Ally_

Find Ally's other podcast appearances at: https://www.podchaser.com/creators/alistair-pitts-107ZzmUqmI

Little Vera (Vasily Pichul; 1988)

Little Vera (Vasily Pichul; 1988)

August 1, 2019

Alissa Timoshkina, chef, KinoVino supper club founder, and author of Salt and Time: Recipes from a Russian Kitchen joins Ally Pitts to discuss this somewhat notorious drama from the late 1980s glastnost period a few years before the Soviet Union collapsed.

Listeners in the UK can buy Salt and Time via our uk.bookshop.org affiliate link. 10% of the sale will go towards covering cost of running the show and you'll also be helping out independent bookshops. Visit our uk.bookshop.org affiliate store here!

Expect SPOILERS from about 55 minutes in until the end.

CONTENT WARNING: During the film it is revealed that one of the characters had a sexual relationship with an adult when they were 15 or 16 years old. There is also a fairly explicit sex scene.

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

Check out Alissa's amazing culinary creations at: www.instagram.com/borsch_and_no_tears/

Listen to her podcast MotherFood: www.podchaser.com/podcasts/motherfood-1073298

If you enjoyed this episode, please follow and rate us on Podchaser: www.podchaser.com/russophilesunitemoviepodcast

Support the show/fund Ally's caffeine habit at: ko-fi.com/russophilesunite

The show's intro music is Cold by Sasha Ilyukevich and the Highly Skilled Migrants.

You can find more of their music at: https://thehighlyskilledmigrants.bandcamp.com/ or on Spotify.

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

Sasha Ilyukevich, London-based Belarusian singer-songwriter and poet, joins Ally Pitts for this harrowing journey into Nazi-occupied Belarus in 1943, which stars Aleksey Kravchenko and Olga Mironova.

CONTENT WARNING: Come and See contains sustained depictions of atrocities, including rape and mass murder. It's a very, very tough watch. SPOILERS from about 49 minutes in until the end.

You can watch the film at Russian Hub.

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Support the show/fund Ally's caffeine habit at: ko-fi.com/russophilesunite

The show's intro music is Cold by Sasha Ilyukevich and the Highly Skilled Migrants.

You can find more of their music at: https://thehighlyskilledmigrants.bandcamp.com/ or on Spotify.

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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Onegin (Martha Fiennes; 1999)

Onegin (Martha Fiennes; 1999)

June 6, 2019

Jenny Shelton, writer and period drama drama connoisseur, and Carrie Pitts. Russian language & literature graduate join Ally Pitts to discuss this adaptation of Alexander Pushkin's famous verse novel.

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 enjoyed this episode, please follow and rate us on Podchaser: www.podchaser.com/russophilesunitemoviepodcast

Support the show/fund Ally's caffeine habit at: ko-fi.com/russophilesunite

The show's intro music is Cold by Sasha Ilyukevich and the Highly Skilled Migrants.

You can find more of their music at: https://thehighlyskilledmigrants.bandcamp.com/ or on Spotify.

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Attraction (Fyodor Bondarchuk; 2017)

Attraction (Fyodor Bondarchuk; 2017)

April 18, 2019

Teegan Johnson, industrial psychology researcher and sci-fi fan, joins Ally Pitts to discuss this alien invasion movie/romance set in contemporary Moscow.

Expect SPOILERS from about 13 minutes in onwards.

CONTENT WARNING: The film depicts misogynistic violence and consent issues.

Attraction stars Irina Starshenbaum, Alexander Petrov, Rinal Mukhametov, Evgeny Mikheev and Oleg Menshikov.

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Support the show/fund Ally's caffeine habit at: ko-fi.com/russophilesunite

The show's intro music is Cold by Sasha Ilyukevich and the Highly Skilled Migrants.

You can find more of their music at: https://thehighlyskilledmigrants.bandcamp.com/ or on Spotify.

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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Letter Never Sent (Mikhail Kalatozov; 1960)

Letter Never Sent (Mikhail Kalatozov; 1960)

April 4, 2019

Lyn Seren, film fan and R.E.M. appreciator, joins Ally Pitts to discuss this journey into the depths of Siberia.

Expect SPOILERS from about 20 minutes in onwards.

Letter Never Sent stars Tatyana Samoylova, Evgeny Urbansky, Vasily Livanov, and Innokenty Smoktunovsky.

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Support the show/fund Ally's caffeine habit at: ko-fi.com/russophilesunite

The show's intro music is Cold by Sasha Ilyukevich and the Highly Skilled Migrants.

You can find more of their music at: https://thehighlyskilledmigrants.bandcamp.com/ or on Spotify.

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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Letterboxd: https://letterboxd.com/Ally_

Find Ally's other podcast appearances at: https://www.podchaser.com/creators/alistair-pitts-107ZzmUqmI

Welcome, Or No Trespassing (Elem Klimov, 1964)

Welcome, Or No Trespassing (Elem Klimov, 1964)

March 21, 2019

Tanya Lukyanova, TV producer, and stand-up comedian, joins Ally Pitts to discuss this joyous and energetic satire, which was the debut of the director of the notorious war film Come and See.

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. 

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And check out her YouTube series Russian Somethingwww.youtube.com/channel/UCaq-2DyBRU6OM7ot4G6cM0A

The show's intro music is Cold by Sasha Ilyukevich and the Highly Skilled Migrants.

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The Cranes are Flying (Mikhail Kalatozov; 1957)

The Cranes are Flying (Mikhail Kalatozov; 1957)

March 7, 2019

Carrie Pitts, Russian language & literature grad, foodie, and reluctant veteran of the podcast, joins Ally to discuss possibly the most famous Soviet film of the Khrushchev Thaw.

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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.

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The show's intro music is Cold by Sasha Ilyukevich and the Highly Skilled Migrants.

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The Diamond Arm (Leonid Gaidai; 1969)

The Diamond Arm (Leonid Gaidai; 1969)

February 21, 2019

Olivia Capozzalo & Smith Freeman, hosts of the She's in Russia podcast, join Ally Pitts to discuss this late 1960s crime caper.

Expect SPOILERS from about 39 minutes in until the end.

The Diamond Arm stars Yuri Nikulin, Andrei Mironov, Nonna Mordyukova, Anatoly Papanov, Nina Grebeshkova, and Svetlana Svetlichnaya.

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The show's intro music is Cold by Sasha Ilyukevich and the Highly Skilled Migrants.

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War and Peace (King Vidor; 1956)

War and Peace (King Vidor; 1956)

February 7, 2019

Adam Roche of The Secret History of Hollywood, Attaboy, Clarence!, joins Ally Pitts to discuss this Hollywood adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's epic, which stars Audrey Hepburn.

Expect SPOILERS from about 22 minutes in until the end.

War and Peace also stars Henry Fonda, Mel Ferrer, Vittorio Gassman, Anita Ekberg, Oskar Homolka, Helmut Dantine, and Jeremy Brett.

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Find out more about Adam's podcasts at: www.attaboyclarence.com

The show's intro music is Cold by Sasha Ilyukevich and the Highly Skilled Migrants.

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

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

January 24, 2019

Nadia Bee, writer and filmmaker, joins Ally Pitts to discuss this beloved 1960s Soviet comedy.

Expect SPOILERS from 15 minutes in until the end.

CONTENT WARNING: bride-kidnapping is central to the plot.

Kidnapping, Caucasian Style stars Alexander Demyanenko, Natalya Varley, Vladimir Etush, Frunzik Mkrtchyan, Yuri Nikulin, Yevgeny Morgunov, and Georgy Vitsin.

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You can read reviews and interviews by Nadia at: https://kinefile.com/about/, https://www.scenesjournal.com/interviews/, and https://www.myfilmclub.co.uk/.

The show's intro music is Cold by Sasha Ilyukevich and the Highly Skilled Migrants.

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Ivan’s Childhood (Andrei Tarkovsky; 1962)

Ivan’s Childhood (Andrei Tarkovsky; 1962)

January 10, 2019

Spencer Seams, podcaster & writer, joins Ally Pitts to discuss Andrei Tarkovsky's full-length debut.

Expect SPOILERS from about 16 minutes in until the end.

Ivan's Childhood stars Nikolai Burlyayev, Valentin Zubkov, Nikolai Grinko, Yevgeny Zharikov, Irma Rausch, and Valentina Malyavina.

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Spencer and fellow previous guest Joel Torres host We Cut Heads: A Spike Lee Podcast.

Russophiles Unite's intro music is Cold by Sasha Ilyukevich and the Highly Skilled Migrants.

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

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

December 27, 2018

Carrie Pitts, former Moscow resident, expert heckler, and Georgian food advocate joins Ally to discuss this slice of seasonal schmaltz.

Expect SPOILERS from about 23 minutes in until the end.

Six Degrees of Celebration stars Ivan Urgant, Sergey Svetlakov, Elena Plaksina, Vera Brezhneva, Aleksandr Golovin, Kristina Asmus, Dato Bakhtadze, Sergey Garmash, and Mariya Poroshina.

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The show's intro music is Cold by Sasha Ilyukevich and the Highly Skilled Migrants.

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Mermaid (Anna Melikyan; 2007)

Mermaid (Anna Melikyan; 2007)

December 13, 2018

Marilag Angway and Meghan Griffin podcasters and fairy tale super-fans, join Ally Pitts to discuss this loose modern-day adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid.

Expect SPOILERS from about 19 minutes in until the end.

CONTENT WARNING: suicide is a recurring theme of the film and there's also some nudity.

Mermaid stars Mariya Shalayeva, Evgeniy Tsyganov, Mariya Sokova, Irina Skrinichenko, Albina Evtushevskaya, and Veronika Skugina.

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Check out Marilag and Meghan's podcast Fableulous Retellings at https://fableulousretellingspodcast.wordpress.com!

The show's intro music is Cold by Sasha Ilyukevich and the Highly Skilled Migrants.

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

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

October 25, 2018

Esther Jolliffe, film Studies masters graduate, joins Ally Pitts to discuss this biopic of the first tsar of Muscovy, which was voted 102nd greatest film of all time in the 2012 Sight and Sound Critics' Poll.

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Expect SPOILERS from about 13 minutes in until the end. Ivan the Terrible: part I stars Nikolai Cherkasov, Lyudmila Tselikovskaya, Serafima Birman, and Mikhail Nazvanov.

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A list of podcast episodes in which Dr Joan Neuberger discusses This Thing of Darkness can be found here.

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The show's intro music is Cold by Sasha Ilyukevich and the Highly Skilled Migrants.

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Fiddler on the Roof (Norman Jewison; 1971)

Fiddler on the Roof (Norman Jewison; 1971)

October 11, 2018

Alex Taylor, writer and performer, joins Ally Pitts to discuss this big screen version of the beloved stage musical, itself an adaptation of a story by Russian-Jewish writer Sholem Aleichem.

Expect SPOILERS from about 15 minutes in until the end. 

CONTENT WARNING: the movie depicts anti-Semitic attacks and persecution.

Fiddler on the Roof stars Topol, Norma Crane, Leonard Frey, Molly Picon, Paul Mann, Rosalind Harris, Michele Marsh, Neva Small, Paul Michael Glaser, and Raymond Lovelock.

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

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

September 27, 2018

Edward Evans, English language teacher, lapsed chemist, occasional YouTuber and long-time Moscow resident, joins Ally Pitts to discuss this 'Red Western'/'Eastern'. 

SPOILERS from about 19 minutes in until the end.

The White Sun of the Desert stars Anatoly Kuznetsov, Spartak Mishulin, Pavel Luspekayev, Kakhi Kavsadze, and Lidiya Smirnova.

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The show's intro music is Cold by Sasha Ilyukevich and the Highly Skilled Migrants.

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Ivan Vasilyevich Changes Profession (Leonid Gaidai; 1973)

Ivan Vasilyevich Changes Profession (Leonid Gaidai; 1973)

September 13, 2018

Lyn Seren, Russophiles Unite regular and Bill & Ted enthusiast, joins Ally Pitts to discuss this knockabout time-travel comedy caper.

Expect SPOILERS from about 7 minutes in until the end.

Ivan Vasilyevich Changes Profession stars Yuri Yakovlev, Alexandr Demyanenko, Leonid Kuravlyov, and Natalya Seleznyova.

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The show's intro music is Cold by Sasha Ilyukevich and the Highly Skilled Migrants.

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Assa (Sergei Solovyov; 1987)

Assa (Sergei Solovyov; 1987)

August 30, 2018

Carrie Pitts, former Moscow resident and self-described 'emergency back-up guest', joins Ally to discuss this late '80s Russian cult favourite. 

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 discuss during this episode, an extremely insensitive casting decision.

Assa stars Tatyana Drubich, Stanislav Govorukhin, and Sergei 'Afrika' Bugaev. It also features a memorable cameo by Kino frontman Viktor Tsoi. Much of the soundtrack was written by another Russian rock star, Boris Grebenshchikov.

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The show's intro music is Cold by Sasha Ilyukevich and the Highly Skilled Migrants.

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