Russophiles Unite! Movie Podcast
The Death of Stalin (Armando Iannucci; 2017)

The Death of Stalin (Armando Iannucci; 2017)

February 15, 2018

Following yesterday's surprise bonus episode, it's back to the usual fortnightly release. This time it's last year's The Death of Stalin, directed by Armando Iannucci. 

Banned in Russia, but well-reviewed by Russian critics (if you don't read Russian, just count the thumbs-up)

It stars Steve Buscemi, Simon Russell BealeJeffrey Tambor, Michael Palin, Andrea Riseborough, Rupert Friend and Jason Isaacs.

My guest this time is editor and Iannucci comedy aficionado Matt Billingsley.

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

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Loveless (Andrey Zvyagintsev; 2017)

Loveless (Andrey Zvyagintsev; 2017)

February 14, 2018

As a special Valentine's Day treat, we're watching Andrey 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. 

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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. 

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