Русалка / Mermaid: Learn Russian through Film

Русалка (Mermaid) is a 2007 Russian arthouse film very loosely inspired by Hans Christian Anderson’s “The Little Mermaid.” It follows the tale of an eccentric and determined young girl as she ventures from her small beach town by the Black Sea to contemporary Moscow and adjusts to life in the bustling city while pursuing an […]

Я худею / I’m Losing Weight: Learn Russian through Film

Я худею, known in English as I am Losing Weight, was directed by Aleksey Nuzhnyy and produced by the companies Droog Drooga and Versus Pictures. The movie was released on March 8, 2018 in Russia, then in Austria and the Baltic nations throughout March of 2018. According to film data website The Numbers, Я худею […]

Холоп / Serf: Learn Russian through Film

The 2019 film Холоп (Serf), also known in English as Peasant, Servant, and Son of a Rich, broke the box office record for a domestically-produced film from Russia by earning over forty-two million dollars globally, according to the Russkiy Mir Foundation. Directed by Klim Shipenko, it made the somewhat unusual move to release in the […]

The Last Bogatyr / Последний богатырь

Последний богатырь, or The Last Bogatyr, was released in Russia on October 16, 2017. Co-produced by Disney and a Russian studio called “Yellow, Black, and White,” The Last Bogatyr quickly became a box office success. Just one month after its release, the film had already made $28.8 million USD, replacing Stalingrad (2013) as the highest-grossing domestic […]

Five Russian Movies About Love

Here is a list of modern, romantic movies that you can watch for free with the help of Kinopoisk (КиноПоиск), who originally compiled this list. Translation has been provided by PopKult.org.   Неадекватные люди – Inadequate People – 2010 This amusing rom-com directed by Roman Karimov is the film debut for the actress Ingrid Olerinskaya, […]

10 Best Films of Eldar Ryazanov

Eldar Ryazanov is one of Russia’s most popular film directors. Holidays, especially New Year’s, Russia’s most important family holiday, are celebrated by, in part, watching his movies. Although Irony of Fate is the most popular and well-known for this, nearly any of Ryazanov’s films can be found playing in the background of festive family celebrations. […]

Prisoner of the Caucasus, or Shurik’s New Adventures / Кавказская пленница, или Новые приключения Шурика

Prisoner of the Caucasus, or Shurik’s New Adventures (Кавказская пленница, или Новые приключения Шурика; sometimes called Kidnapping, Caucasian Style in English) is a 1966 Soviet comedy produced by Mosfilm and directed by the comic genius Leonid Gaidai (Леонид Гайдай). The film was initially censored (apparently for showing the controversial practice of bride kidnapping in the Caucuses), […]

The Adventures of Captain Vrungel / Приключения капитана Врунгеля

The Adventures of Captain Vrungel (Приключения капитана Врунгеля) is a Soviet Russian-language cartoon. It aired between 1976 and 1979 and consists of 13 episodes, each about 10 minutes. It tells of the adventures of the eponymous Captain Vrungel—through song and dance as well as standard narration. The series is based on the book of the […]

Prostokvashino / Простоквашино

Prostokvashino (Простоквашино) is a series of three animated children’s cartoons from the Soviet Union. The episodes are “Three from Prostokvashino” (“Трое из Простоквашино,” 1978), “Vacations in Prostokvashino” (“Каникулы в Простоквашино,” 1980), and “Winter in Prostokvashino” (“Зима в Простоквашино,” 1984). Each is a little less than 20 minutes. They are based on the story “Uncle Fyodor, Dog, […]

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