Russophiles Unite! Movie Podcast
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.

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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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:

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

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

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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 St 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:

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

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:

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

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/ 

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

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/

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

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.

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

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: 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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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.

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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Letterboxd: https://letterboxd.com/Ally_

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

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.

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

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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Letterboxd: https://letterboxd.com/Ally_

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

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.

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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Letterboxd: https://letterboxd.com/Ally_

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

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.

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

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.

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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Letterboxd: https://letterboxd.com/Ally_

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

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.

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

You can follow Tanya on Instagram: www.instagram.com/tanya_lucky/

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.

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:

Twitter: @RussophilesU

Email: russophilesunite@gmail.com

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Letterboxd: https://letterboxd.com/Ally_

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

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.

Listeners in the UK can buy The Cranes are Flying by Josephine Woll 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!

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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

You can find more of their music at: thehighlyskilledmigrants.bandcamp.com/ or: open.spotify.com/artist/1cXWmfhuDWyfKfsYADk96F

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

Listeners in the UK can buy This Thing of Darkness: Eisenstein's Ivan the Terrible in Stalin's Russia by Dr Joan Neuberger from Cornell 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 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 show's intro music is Cold by Sasha Ilyukevich and the Highly Skilled Migrants.

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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.

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

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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.

You can find more of their music at: thehighlyskilledmigrants.bandcamp.com/ or: open.spotify.com/artist/1cXWmfhuDWyfKfsYADk96F

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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.

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

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Brother (Alexei Balabanov; 1997)

Brother (Alexei Balabanov; 1997)

August 16, 2018

Mark Bullen, author, former police officer, and expert on Russian organised crime joins Ally Pitts to discuss iconic '90s neo-noir crime drama Brother.

It stars Sergei Bodrov Jr, Viktor Sukhorukov, Svetlana Pismichenko, Yury Kuznetsov, and Sergei Murzin.

CONTENT WARNING: In the film, it is implied that a male character rapes a female character off-screen.

SPOILERS from about 32 minutes in until the end.

Mark's book Thief in Law, which is a guide to the tattoos and culture of Russian-speaking organised criminal gangs is available from Schiffer Books in the United States: www.schifferbooks.com/thief-in-law-a-guide-to-russian-prison-tattoos-and-russian-speaking-organized-crime-6499.html

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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.

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Aelita, Queen of Mars (Yakov Protazanov; 1924)

Aelita, Queen of Mars (Yakov Protazanov; 1924)

August 2, 2018

Sarah Roberts, artist, podcaster, and possible dread pirate, joins Ally Pitts to discuss this early Soviet silent sci-fi adventure.

SPOILERS from about 11 minutes in until the end.

The film stars Nikolai Tsereteli, Valentina Kuindzhi, Yuliya Solntseva, Nikolai Batalov, and Pavel Pol.

Check out Sarah's website here: http://sarahkathleenroberts.com/

The outro music is by Gamers in Exile, from their alternative soundtrack to the film and is used with their kind permission. The full version can be found here: https://youtu.be/CBnlTge6S4o

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

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Nicholas & Alexandra (Franklin J. Schaffner; 1971)

Nicholas & Alexandra (Franklin J. Schaffner; 1971)

July 17, 2018

Ayna Niyazova joins Ally Pitts to discuss this Oscar-winning epic period drama that depicts the series of calamities that led to the downfall of the Romanov dynasty.

SPOILERS from about 25 minutes in until the end.

Nicholas & Alexandra stars Michael Jayston, Janet Suzman, Laurence Olivier, John McEnery, Michael Bryant, and Tom Baker.

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:

https://thehighlyskilledmigrants.bandcamp.com/

Or: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1cXWmfhuDWyfKfsYAD…

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My Friend Ivan Lapshin (Aleksei German Sr; 1985)

My Friend Ivan Lapshin (Aleksei German Sr; 1985)

July 5, 2018

Martin Kessler, filmmaker and host of Flixwise: Canada joins Ally Pitts to discuss this 1930s-set film that is part memoir, part crime drama.

CONTENT WARNING: the film depicts a suicide attempt.

SPOILERS from about 23 minutes in until the end.

Martin has also written a series of in-depth essays on Aleksei German and his films published by film site The Pink Smoke.

My Friend Ivan Lapshin stars Andrei Boltnev, Nina Ruslanova, and Andrey Mironov.

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

The Sun (Alexander Sokurov; 2005)

The Sun (Alexander Sokurov; 2005)

June 21, 2018

This fortnight's film is The Sun, directed by Alexander Sokurov.

It stars Issei Ogata and Robert Dawson.

Ally is joined by podcaster Joel Torres, who co-hosts Please Don't Send Me into Outer Space, and High & Low: A Kurosawa Podcast.

SPOILERS from about 23 minutes in until the end.

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 Barber of Siberia (Nikita Mikhalkov; 1998)

The Barber of Siberia (Nikita Mikhalkov; 1998)

June 7, 2018

Tracy Tanoff, literature fan and period drama connoisseur, joins Ally Pitts to discuss this sprawling late 1990s epic from the director of the 1994 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film winner Burnt by the Sun

The Barber of Siberia stars Julia Ormond, Oleg Menshikov, Alexei Petrenko, and Richard Harris. 

SPOILERS from about 12 minutes in until the end.

CONTENT WARNING: a rape, while not depicted on screen, is a plot element. 

Please check out Tracy's blog here: http://pleasureinagoodnovel.blogspot.co.uk/

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

You can find more of their music at: thehighlyskilledmigrants.bandcamp.com/ or: 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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Andrei Rublev (Andrei Tarkovsky; 1966)

Andrei Rublev (Andrei Tarkovsky; 1966)

May 24, 2018

Lyn Seren, man who likes interesting films and appreciator of dogs, joins Ally Pitts to discuss this historical epic/unconventional biopic of the famous Russian icon painter.

Expect SPOILERS from about 7 minutes in until the end.

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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: thehighlyskilledmigrants.bandcamp.com/ or: 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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Window to Paris (Yuri Mamin; 1993)

Window to Paris (Yuri Mamin; 1993)

April 12, 2018

For the last episode of this batch, it's Window to Paris from 1993.

It stars Sergey Dreyden, Agnes Soral, and Viktor Mikhaylov, and was directed by Yuri Mamin.

Joining Ally to discuss the film are Carrie & Lyn, who you may remember from such episodes as Irony of Fate, Loveless, Stalker, and Lady Macbeth.

SPOILERS from about 6 minutes in until the end.

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 Hound of the Baskervilles (Igor Maslennikov; 1981)

The Hound of the Baskervilles (Igor Maslennikov; 1981)

March 29, 2018

This fortnight we're taking The Hound of the Baskervilles from 1981 for a walk.

It stars Vasily Livanov, Viktor Solomin and Nikita Mikhalkov, and was directed by Igor Maslennikov.

For this episode, Ally is joined by podcaster and Comrade Radio network founder Malcolm Nygard.

SIGNIFICANT SPOILERS from about 34 minutes in until the end.

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Eastern Promises (David Cronenberg; 2007)

Eastern Promises (David Cronenberg; 2007)

March 15, 2018

Lydia Kapp, writer, actor, and artist, joins Ally Pitts to discuss this dark, violent London-set crime drama.

CONTENT WARNING: the movie discussed on this episode contains depictions of sexual violence; human trafficking, and graphic violence. For more information, please visit: https://www.bbfc.co.uk/releases/eastern-promises-2007 

SPOILERS from about 24 minutes in until the end.

Eastern Promises stars Naomi Watts, Viggo Mortensen, Vincent Cassell, and Armin Mueller-Stahl.

Lydia wrote and starred in the short film Clarence, directed by Rob Thomsonwhich can be viewed here.

Find Lydia on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TallKapp

Or on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tallkapp/?hl=en

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: 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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Through the Thorns to the Stars AKA To the Stars by Hard Ways (Richard Viktorov; 1980)

Through the Thorns to the Stars AKA To the Stars by Hard Ways (Richard Viktorov; 1980)

March 1, 2018

After a fairly grim and gritty run of films, it's time for something a little lighter. The only thing at stake is the fate of an entire planet! That's right, it's...Through the Thorns to the Stars! AKA Per Aspera ad Astra AKA To the Stars by Hard Ways AKA Humanoid WomanYep, the translators really couldn't make their minds up about what to call the darn thing.

It was directed by Richard Viktorov, recut and remastered (or something) by his son Nikolai, and stars Yelena MetyolkinaVadim Ledogorov, and Uldis Lieldidz.

My guest this time is industrial psychologist and sci-fi fan Teegan Johnson.

SPOILERS from about 18 minutes in until the end.

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The Death of Stalin (Armando Iannucci; 2017)

The Death of Stalin (Armando Iannucci; 2017)

February 15, 2018

Matt Billingsley, editor and Iannucci aficionado, joins Ally Pitts to discuss this black comedy satire. It was effectively banned in Russia, but well-reviewed by Russian critics (if you don't read Russian, just count the thumbs-up)

CONTENT WARNING: the movie depicts multiple executions and implied sexual assault off-screen. 

SPOILERS from about 10 minutes in until the end, although some things
should be fairly easy to anticipate...

The movie stars Steve Buscemi, Simon Russell BealeJeffrey Tambor, Michael Palin, Andrea Riseborough, Rupert Friend and Jason Isaacs (hello to Jason Isaacs, obviously).

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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Loveless (Andrei Zvyagintsev; 2017)

Loveless (Andrei Zvyagintsev; 2017)

February 14, 2018

As a special Valentine's Day treat, we're watching Andrei Zvyagintsev's latest film, Loveless from 2017.

The film stars Maryana Spivak, Aleksey Rozin, and Matvey Novikov. It has been nominated for a Bafta for Best Film Not in the English Language, and the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.

To discuss the film, Ally is joined by former Moscow resident and self-described emergency back-up guest Carrie Pitts.

We've tried to avoid SPOILERS but be aware that they may occur from about 6 minutes in until the end. 

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 options:

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Stalingrad (Fyodor Bondarchuk; 2013)

Stalingrad (Fyodor Bondarchuk; 2013)

February 1, 2018

This time around we're watching Stalingrad, from 2013 and directed by Fyodor Bondarchuk.

The film stars  Mariya Smolyakina, Yanina StudilinaPyotr FyodorovThomas Kretschmann, Sergey Bondarchuk, Dmitri Lysenkov, Andrey SmolyakovAleksey Barabash, and Oleg Volku. It was Russia's entry for Best Film in the 87th Oscars, but it ultimately wasn't nominated.

To discuss the film, Ally is joined by former A-level film studies student and Chuckle Brother Award co-winner (2004) Patrick Say.

This episode contains SPOILERS from 20 minutes in until the end. 

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 options:

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Lady Macbeth (William Oldroyd; 2016)

Lady Macbeth (William Oldroyd; 2016)

January 18, 2018

Lyn Seren, film enthusiast, cat admirer, and car owner, joins Ally Pitts to discuss British film Lady Macbeth, which features a star-making performance by Florence Pugh.

Expect SIGNIFICANT SPOILERS from 4 minutes in until the end. CONTENT WARNING: If you're planning to watch the film, you should be aware that it contains scenes of domestic violence and sexual assault.

The film stars also Cosmo JarvisPaul Hilton, and Naomi Ackie. The screenplay is an adaptation of Nikolai Leskov's novella Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk District by Alice Birch.

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

You can find more of their music at: thehighlyskilledmigrants.bandcamp.com/ or: open.spotify.com/artist/1cXWmfhuDWyfKfsYADk96F

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Tsar (Pavel Lungin; 2009)

Tsar (Pavel Lungin; 2009)

January 4, 2018

Happy New Year, druzya! For our first film pick of 2018, we're watching historical drama Tsar from 2009, directed by Pavel Lungin and starring Pyotr Mamonov and Oleg Yankovskiy.

To discuss the film, Ally is joined by co-host of High & Low: A Kurosawa Podcast and Russian history super-fan Spencer Seams.

This episode contains moderate SPOILERs from 19 minutes in until the end.

It also includes (at least) one significant factual error about Russian history by Ally.

For. Shame. No actual prizes for spotting it(/them), but kudos if you do.

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Outro music: Grubiy Zakat by Zvuki Mu (fronted by Pyotr Mamonov).

 

The Irony of Fate (Eldar Ryazanov; 1975) Special Festive Episode!!!

The Irony of Fate (Eldar Ryazanov; 1975) Special Festive Episode!!!

December 21, 2017

The film this time around is perennial Russian festive favourite The Irony of Fate, or Enjoy your Bath! from 1975. It was directed by Eldar Ryazanov and stars Andrey Myagkov, Barbara Brylska, and Yury Yakovlev (NOT Yakolev, like I kept saying on the episode).

To discuss the film, Ally is joined by Russian language and literature grad and former Moscow resident Carrie Pitts.

This episode is mildly SPOILER-y from 20 minutes in until the end.

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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Moscow does not Believe in Tears (Vladimir Menshov; 1980)

Moscow does not Believe in Tears (Vladimir Menshov; 1980)

December 7, 2017

Jenny Shelton, writer and period drama enthusiast, joins Ally Pitts to review Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Picture winner for 1980 Moscow does not Believe in Tears, directed by Vladimir Menshov. Apparently, Ronald Reagan watched it a whole bunch of times, but please don't hold that against it.

Expect SPOILERS from about 13 minutes in until the end.

CONTENT WARNING: Please be aware that the film depicts a character being rape (mostly off-screen), and that we discuss this incident during the course of the podcast.

Moscow does not Believe in Tears stars Vera AlentovaIrina MuravyovaRaisa Ryazanova, and Aleksei Batalov.

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

Find Jenny on Twitter at: @JennySheltonCam

World Film Locations Moscow, edited by Birgit Beumers: www.intellectbooks.com/world-film-locations-moscow

World Film Locations series from Intellect Books: https://www.intellectbooks.com/world-film-locations

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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[Pilot Episode] Stalker (Andrei Tarkovsky; 1979)

[Pilot Episode] Stalker (Andrei Tarkovsky; 1979)

November 23, 2017

As the title suggests, this is the first one of these. The plan is that an episode will be going out every fortnight.

Buy Zona: On Andrei Tarkovsky's 'Stalker' by Geoff Dyer and support the podcast! https://uk.bookshop.org/a/1145/9780857861672

The first ten minutes or so of the podcast are non-spoilery but from then on EXPECT SPOILERS.  

My guest is the most excellent Lyn Setchell.

Stalker stars Aleksandr KaydanovskiyAnatoliy Solonitsyn, and Nikolay Grinko.

Many thanks to Owen Choules and Chris Mead of Classic Schmassic for their inspiration (and let's face it, essentially their format).

If you'd like to get in touch, the Twitter handle is @RussophilesU and for longer messages, please email me at russophilesunite@gmail.com

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