Russophiles Unite! Movie Podcast
Assa (Sergei Solovyov; 1987)

Assa (Sergei Solovyov; 1987)

August 30, 2018

The movie this time is late '80s Russian cult favourite Assa, directed by Sergei Solovyov. To discuss the film, Ally is joined by former Moscow resident and self-described 'emergency back-up guest' Carrie Pitts.

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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Brother (Alexei Balabanov; 1997)

Brother (Alexei Balabanov; 1997)

August 16, 2018

This fortnight's pick is iconic '90s Russian crime movie Brother, directed by Alexei Balabanov.

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

Ally is joined by author, former police officer, and expert on Russian organised crime Mark Bullen.

DETAILED SPOILERS from about 32 minutes in until the end.

Content warning: one scene ends with the implication that a character is about to be raped.

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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Aelita, Queen of Mars (Yakov Protazanov; 1924)

Aelita, Queen of Mars (Yakov Protazanov; 1924)

August 2, 2018

Silence! We're off to the Red Planet for early sci-fi Aelita: Queen of Mars, directed by Yakov Protazanov.

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

For this episode, Ally is joined by artist, podcaster, and possible dread pirate Sarah Roberts, who co-hosts 'Please Don't Send Me into Outer Space'.

SPOILERS from about 11 minutes in until the end.

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://www.youtube.com/user/unbearablerecordings

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