Soviet Union

White Sun of the Desert

White Sun of the Desert

White Sun of the Desert

IMDb: 8.2
1970
83min

The setting is the east shore of the Caspian Sea (today’s Turkmenistan) where the Red Army soldier Fyodor Sukhov has been fighting the Civil War in Russian Asia for a number of years. After being hospitalised and then demobbed, he sets off home to join his wife, only to be caught up in a desert fight between a Red Army cavalry unit and Basmachi guerrillas. The cavalry unit commander, Rahimov, “convinces” Sukhov to help, temporarily, with the protection of abandoned women of the Basmachi guerrilla leader Abdullah’s harem. Leaving a young Red Army soldier, Petrukha, to assist Sukhov with the task, Rahimov and his cavalry unit set out to pursue fleeing Abdullah.Sukhov and women from Abdullah’s harem return to a nearby shore town. Soon, looking for a seaway across the border, Abdullah and his gang come to the same town…

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Dersu Uzala

Dersu Uzala

Dersu Uzala

IMDb: 7.5
1975
141min

A military explorer meets and befriends a Goldi man in Russia’s unmapped forests. A deep and abiding bond evolves between the two men, one civilized in the usual sense, the other at home in the glacial Siberian woods.

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The Mirror

The Mirror

The Mirror

IMDb: 8.1
1975
106min

A dying man in his forties recalls his childhood, his mother, the war and personal moments that tell of and juxtapose pivotal moments in Soviet history with daily life.

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Rasputin

Rasputin

Rasputin

IMDb: 7.4
1981
151min

Details the life of the Russian monk Rasputin. The film shows his rise to power and how it corrupted him. His sexual perversions and madness ultimatly leads to his gruesome assasination.

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The Color of Pomegranates

The Color of Pomegranates

The Color of Pomegranates

IMDb: 7.7
1969
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Solaris

Solaris

Solaris

IMDb: 8.1
1972
167min

A psychologist is sent to a space station orbiting a planet called Solaris to investigate the death of a doctor and the mental problems of cosmonauts on the station. He soon discovers that the water on the planet is a type of brain which brings out repressed memories and obsessions.

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Gentlemen of Fortune

Gentlemen of Fortune

Gentlemen of Fortune

IMDb: 8.5
1971
88min

A kindergarten director Troshkin is a dead ringer for a criminal nicknamed “Docent” who stole the priceless…

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Ivan’s Childhood

Ivan’s Childhood

Ivan’s Childhood

IMDb: 8.1
1962
95min

Poetic journey through the shards and shadows of one boy’s war-ravaged youth.

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Idi i smotri

Idi i smotri

Idi i smotri

IMDb: 8.2
1985
142min

The invasion of a village in Byelorussia by German forces sends young Florya into the forest to join the weary Resistance fighters, against his family’s wishes. There he meets a girl, Glasha, who accompanies him back to his village. On returning home, Florya finds his family and fellow peasants massacred. His continued survival amidst the brutal debris of war becomes increasingly nightmarish, a battle between despair and hope.

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Waterloo

Waterloo

Waterloo

IMDb: 7.3
1970
128min

After defeating France and imprisoning Napoleon on Elba, ending two decades of war, Europe is shocked to find Napoleon has escaped and has caused the French Army to defect from the King back to him. The best of the British generals, the Duke of Wellington, beat Napolean’s best generals in Spain and Portugal, but now must beat Napoleon himself with an Anglo Allied army.

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