Moscow Does Not Believe In Tears was possibly the most depressing movie that we watched in class for the simple fact that Katerina, a strong woman with a career, has to find her happiness in Gosha. What I don’t understand is why she had to get married in the first… read more


The Cranes are Flying was another movie that I genuinely liked, but only after it had sunk in. The first time I watched it, it was not clear to me that Veronika had been raped; I thought she was just afraid to die, so she decided to go ahead and… read more


I have what I can only describe as a bizarre relationship with Pavel Chukhrai’s 2004 film “A Driver for Vera.”  I seem to conflate Vera with Anna Odinstova from Turgenev’s “Father’s and Sons.” *Disclaimer* I have a passionate love affair with “Fathers and Sons” that knows neither boundaries nor sense, so… read more

Tags: A Driver for Vera, Pavel Chukhrai

When I started watching A Driver for Vera, I had really low expectations and I didn’t really think I was going to like it.  Fortunately, the opposite was true and I thought it was fairly enjoyable to watch. I will say, though, that a lot of the motives behind the characters… read more


The Prisoner struck me for many reasons. Primarily, though I was struck by the setting of the film. Unlike most of the other films we’ve watched in class all year that portrayed an idyllic country setting that was often indistinguishable, The Prisoner had a distinct setting and would… read more


Unlike several films we have recently viewed, I actually enjoyed this one.  Perhaps it is because I read the short story on which this is (rather obviously) based over winter term and recognized the Tolstoyian elements (and I do like Tolstoy).  Then again, the film was visually quite beautiful.  I… read more

Tags: prisoner, evil russians, tolstoy, Russian Dancing Men

The camera work a lot of the time reminded me of Burnt by the Sun ( the wide angle nature shot, slow panning etc). It was also relativity interesting to see some aspects of Czech culture. As I said before, I found the film to be visually stunning,… read more


I honestly don’t know what to think of this film. It was boring. Very beautifully shot, but it was very uninteresting to me. I feel the same way about the other film that I saw of Bordov’s Mongol ( Nominated for Best Foreign Film in 2008, I believe) That… read more


I tend to think of the War in Chechnya as Russia’s version of Vietnam, though I recognize the comparison lacks a certain amount of accuracy. The idea remains that Chechnya is a place where Russia does not belong. Sergei Bodrov’s 1996 film “Prisoner of the Caucasus” – forgive me, but I… read more

Tags: Chapaev, Sergei Bodrov, Prisoner of the Caucasus

At first, I thought, oh, another women-being-exploited film. Then they crashed that by showing Katya being happier than her friend.  Then I thought, Ha! Finally, a woman who doesn’t need some man to be happy! Then they crashed that too when Mr. Perfect Faultless Man showed up… read more

Tags: moscow doesn't belive in tears, feminism, Mr. Perfect

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