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Early Russian Cinema, Volume 8: Iakov Protazanov

  Protazanov, together with Bauer the leading director of the early Russian cinema, did not shrink from controversy in either his highly successful pre- or post- 1917 careers. The Departure Read More

Early Russian Cinema, Volume Ten: The End of an Era

  Traditional accounts of Soviet cinema have always stressed its difference from the the Tsarist period, implying that this earlier phase was actively hostile to social change. But The Revolutionary, Read More

An Introduction To Russian Literature

  Excerpts from Russian fiction, theatre and biography augment historical background to create a portrait of Russian social and literary development in the 19th and 20th centuries. This discussion is Read More


  Farewell chronicles a 90-year old man’s emigration to Israel from his Soviet Bessarabian town. The film visualizes a particular moment in Soviet and immediate post-Soviet history when Jews are Read More

Requiem for a Spanish Peasant

  Mosen Millan (Antonio Ferrandis), a Roman Catholic priest in a small Spanish village, is preparing to lead a service celebrating the life of Paco (Antonio Banderas), an outspoken young Read More


  Homeless adolescent Pixote (Fernando Ramos Da Silva) finds himself thrown into a juvenile prison in a roundup of São Paulo’s street children. The prison is a nightmarish world where Read More

The House of Sand

  Áurea arrives at a town in the dunes of State of Maranhão, Brazil, in 1910, having for female company only her mother Maria. She is pregnant and wants a Read More

The Year My Parents Went on Vacation

  In 1970, near the World Cup, Daniel Stern and his wife Miriam leaves Belo Horizonte in a hurry and scared with their ten years old son Mauro in their Read More

Leo Tolstoy

  This film traces the turbulent life of one of the greatest writers of the 19th century, Leo Tolstoy. We follow his life from childhood through his stormy marriage and Read More

I Worked for Stalin

  Combing through the eyewitness testimony of men who “ran” the Soviet state during Stalin’s reign of terror,  Semyon Aranovich charts their diabolical power games with often astonishing revelations about Read More