Slavic & East European Feature Films

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Ballad of a Soldier

[Ballada o soldate], by Chukhrai. In Russian with subtitles. Feature Film — A soldier-boy earns a ten-day leave to go home to his mother by performing a desperate act of bravery at the front. On the way home he has many small adventures. — PN1997 .B373 — DVD

Baltic Deputy

[Deputat Baltiki], by Zarkhi. In Russian with subtitles. Feature Film — A film based on the life of the Russian scientist, Klement Timiriazev, who taught at Cambridge and Oxford and was awarded the Newton Mantle for his work. Timiriazev, one of the few outstanding Russian scientists who (publically) backed the Soviets in their revolutionary campaign, was later elected a delegate to the Leningrad Soviet by the sailors of the Baltic fleet. There he denounced his fellow scientists for failing to aid the Soviets and predicted that such aid would come. Russian with English subtitles. — PN1997 .B25 — VIDEO

The Barber of Siberia

[Sibirskii tsiriul'nik], by Mikhalkov. In Russian with subtitles. Feature Film — A romance set in Russia in 1885 between a young Russian soldier and a foreign woman. — PN1997.5 .S525 — DVD

Bed and Sofa

[Tret'ia meshchanskaia], by Room. In Russian/Silent with subtitles. Feature Film — Bed and sofa (87 min.) is the story of a love triangle between a woman and two men living together in a one-room basement apartment in 1927 Moscow. — F-14,191 — 16MM

Bed and Sofa

[Tret'ia meshchanskaia], by Room. In Russian/Silent with subtitles. Feature Film — Bed and sofa (87 min.) is the story of a love triangle between a woman and two men living together in a one-room basement apartment in 1927 Moscow. — PN1995.9.S665 B43 — DVD

Bed and Sofa

[Tret'ia meshchanskaia], by Room. In Russian/Silent with subtitles. Feature Film — Bed and sofa (87 min.) is the story of a love triangle between a woman and two men living together in a one-room basement apartment in 1927 Moscow. — PN1997 .B4336 — VIDEO

Bed and Sofa: Chess Fever

[Tret'ia meshchanskaia : Shakhmatnaia goriachka], by Room / Pudovkin. In Russian/Silent with subtitles. Feature Film — Chess fever = "A witty and ingenious satire on the chess craze which swept Moscow at the time of the international tournament there." — PN1997 .T688 — DVD

Before the Rain : A Tale in Three Parts

[Pred dozhzdot], by Manchevski. In Albanian, Macedonian and English with subtitles. Feature Film —In a monastery in Macedonia, a young man must abandon his vows of silence to save a girl from a hate-filled mob. In London, a woman torn between a loveless marriage and a passionate affair with a war photographer finds fate dictates a choice she couldn't make on her own. And in Yugoslavia, the photographer returns to a nation divided by religious hatred and violence. His efforts to salvage some small portion of peace will have and impact no one could foresee, and bring all three stories full circle. —PN1995.9.L6 B4 1995 — VIDEO

Berlin Schonhauser Corner

By Klein. In German with subtitles. Feature Film — Portrays young people in East Berlin in search of their purpose in life a few years before the construction of the Berlin Wall. — PN1997.5 .B45 — VIDEO

Beware the Car!

[Beregis avtomobilia] By Riazanov. In Russian without subtitles. Feature Film — Originally issued as a motion picture in 1966 by kinostudiia "Mosfilm. — PG2117 .B38 2003 — DVD

Bezhin Meadow, Earth

[Zemlia], by Dovzhenko / Eisenstein. In Russian/Silent with subtitles. Feature Film — Inspired by a newspaper account, this Soviet film dramatizes the conflict between kulaks and peasants living on a collective farm in the Ukraine. Basil obtains a tractor for the village to share, and under his leadership the collective is successful, but he is assassinated by a landowner. His father asks for a "modern" funeral with songs. The film Bezhin Meadow was to have been about the young pioneers and their contribution to Soviet collective farming, but became instead the story of the struggle between old and new forces in Russia as symbolized in the story of a young boy who opposes his evil father. — PN1995.75 .E27 1991 — DVD

The Bicycle

[Fahrrad, The], by Schmidt. In German with subtitles. Feature Film — Susanne is a single mother in her late twenties. She tries to make ends meet for her and her child by doing un-skilled work. She sticks to no principles, frittering away her time in discos or hanging out with old friends. When she gets to know Thomas, a young engineer who has just been made head of his department, she is tempted to get into closer contact with him , especially since she discovers that he so very different from her. At the same time, however, her dreary job bugs her. Not without reason, she sees her work as something she cannot take pride in. So she quits her job. But what is she to live from? She faces big money problems which grow worse when her child becomes ill. In desperation, she commits insurance fraud. But her scheme is discovered and the matter is passed on to the State prosecutor. During this time, Thomas cares particularly well for her. He has no inkling of her criminal offence. He finds her a job at his workplace and the two of them are very happy. The relationship promises to last and this is why Susanne finally admits her crime to him. But this admission burdens the relationship to such a degree that they separate. Yet, Susanne, who has become more self-confident and mature, now tries to walk her own path. — PN1997.5 .F33 — VIDEO

Birch Wood

[Brzezina] by Wajda. In Polish with subtitles. Feature Film —The story revolves around two brothers: Stanislaw, who is dying of tuberculosis, and Boleslaw, an unhappy widower with a little daughter. Stanislaw, in spite of his illness, remains cheerful and high-spirited, and even experiences a passionate love for Malina, a young peasant girl. Jealousy over his brother's happiness stimulates Boleslaw's lust for life and helps him forget his painful past. He also seeks solace in the arms of Malina. Stanislaw dies and is buried next to his brother's wife. Malina marries her fiance, a gloomy woodcutter, and Boleslaw is about to leave the forester's house and move to town with his daughter.—PG7158.I8 B7 1980— VIDEO

Black and White

By Frumin. In English. Feature Film — The story of Lisa, a young Soviet emigré studying medicine in Manhattan, Roy, an African American building superintendent on New York's Lower East Side, and the bond that they form from living on the edges of Manhattan — PN1997 .B519 2000 — VHS

Black Cat, White Cat

[Crna macka, beli macor], by Kusturica. In BCS with subtitles. Feature Film — Grga Pitic and Zarije Destanov are two old friends--and rivals--who haven't seen each other in years. But a series of events beyond their wildest dreams leads to a raucously funny reunion filled with gypsy mobsters, dirty deals and shotgun weddings. — PN1995.9.C55 C425 — VIDEO

Black Rose Stands for Sadness, Red Rose Stands for Love

[Chernaia roza emblema pechali, krasnaia roza emblema liubvi], by Solovev. In Russian with subtitles. Feature Film — A young boy views life in contemporary Moscow while surrounded by family and neighbors who lead bizarre and reckless lives of drink, debauchery, and destructiveness. — PN1997 .C466 — VIDEO

Black Sheep

[Cerný Petr] by Hájek. In Czech with subtitles. Feature Film —A delightful coming-of-age comedy which finds its humor in the keenly observed details of youthful romance, teenage dissatisfaction, and the small moments of life.—NC910 .K65 2004— DVD

Blind Chance

[Przypadek] by Kieslowski. In Polish with subtitles. Feature Film —Shows a man's life, following three paths he may have taken, as a doctor performing humanitarian deeds, as a political activist and as a dissident.—PN1997.P79 P79 2004— DVD


[Blokpost], by Rogozhkin. In Russian. Feature Film — PN1997 .B556 — VIDEO

Boris Godunov

[Boris Godunov], by Rimsky-Korsakov. In Russian with subtitles. Music/Opera — A version of the Mussorgsky opera about the half-crazed Tsar. — Video- cass. 10. — VIDEO


[Brat], by Balabanov. In Russian with subtitles. Feature Film — "Danila Bagrov, just demobbed from the army, returns to his quiet, provincial home town. But life is monotonous and boring in this Russian backwoods, so he is heading for faraway Petersburg, to his elder brother who, as he heard, is doing quite well there and might help his darling little brother to start a new life. On his arrival in Petersburg, Danila discovers that his brother is indeed doing well, having mastered the profession of a contract killer. And Danila decides to follow suit."— PN1997 B6798 2000— DVD

Brother 2

[Brat 2], by Balabanov. In Russian with subtitles. Feature Film — Second film about a Russian "hero" Danila Bargov. He meets his army buddies with whom he fought in Chechnya. One of them, Konstantin, tells Danila about his brother, a professional hockey player in America, who is swindled into an oppressive contract by the team owner and his Russian partner. A few days after this conversation Konstantin is found dead and Danila needs to go to America to solve this crime. — PN1995.9.F67 B732 — DVD

The Brothers Karamazov

In English. Feature Film — Tells the story of four wildly disparate brothers in 19th century Czarist Russia, who stand to gain an inheritance from their father, and together they weave a web of intrigue and murder. — PN1997 .B763 — VIDEO

The Burglar

by Ogorodnikov. In Russian with subtitles. Feature Film — The USSR rock star Konstantin Kinchev stars as a rocker who is deeply involved with the local punk society. His younger brother tries to become close after their mother's death, with disastrous results. — PN1997 .B87 1988 — VIDEO

Burnt by the Sun

[Utomlenie solntsem], by Mikhalkov. In Russian with subtitles. Feature Film — Nikita Mikhalkov stars as Colonel S. Kotov, a hero of the Revolution, who is spending the summer in the country with his young daughter (Mikhalkov's real-life daughter), his wife and her eccentric family. But when his wife's childhood love suddenly appears, the idyllic summer day takes a surprising turn. A lyrical film filled with beauty and warmth, it is also an indelible account of a man dedicated to family and fatherland, cruelly destroyed by political paranoia. — PN1995.9.F67 B87 — VIDEO

By the Law/chess Fever

[Po zakonu / Shakhmatnaia goriachka], by Kuleshev. In Russian/Silent with subtitles. Feature Film — By the law: While searching for gold in the Yukon, a disgruntled prospector viciously murders two of his fellow shareholders, and the surviving members, after committing the dead to the frozen earth, must decide the fate of their deranged cohort. Chess fever: A Keaton-esque comedy in which a young man's passion for the game threatens to wreck his marriage. — PN1995.9.S55 C45 — VIDEO

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