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Slavic & East European Feature Films


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Mad Love: The Films of Evgenii Bauer

By Bauer. Silent with English intertitles. — Bauer created macabre masterpieces, dramas darkly obsessed with doomed love and death, astonishing for graceful camera movements, risque themes and opulent sets. The films were buried in Soviet archives for decades until the fall of the Iron Curtain. — PN1993.5.R9 M3 2003 — DVD

Magnetic Storms

[Magnitnye buri] by Abdrashitov. In Russian with subtitles. Feature Film — Life in a factory town in contemporary provincial Russia is depicted. Strikes and unrest at the factory combine with a romantic triangle in the hero's private life. — PN1997.2 M34 2003 — DVD

The Makropulos Case

By Jancek. In Czech with subtitles. Music/Opera — Sung in Czech; English subtitles. — Video- cass. 67 — VIDEO

Man Is Not a Bird

[Covek nije ptica], by Makavejev. In BCS with subtitles. Feature Film — A middle-aged engineer comes to a factory to install machinery and falls in love with a young local girl but loses her to a truck driver who pays more attention to her. — PN1997 .C835 — VIDEO

Man with a Movie Camera

[Chelovek s kinoapparatom], by Vertov. In Russian/Silent with subtitles. Feature Film — An experimental film which uses numerous cinematic techniques (split screens, multiple superimpositions, variable speeds, et cetera) to present a dawn to dusk view of Moscow and to study the relation between cinema and reality. Silent film with musical accompaniment. Credits in Russian. — D-14,188 — 16MM

Man with a Movie Camera

[Chelovek s kinoapparatom], by Vertov. In Russian/Silent with subtitles. Feature Film — "Dziga Vertov's Man with a movie camera is considered one of the most innovative and influential films of the silent era. This dawn-to-dusk view of the Soviet Union offers a montage of urban Russian life, showing the people of the city at work and at play, and the machines that endlessly whirl to keep the metropolis alive." — DK268.3 .C43 — DVD

The Marathon Family

[Maratonci trce pocasni krug], by Sijan. In BCS with subtitles. Feature Film — Dark comedy about the five-generation family of Topalovic males, who are thrown into turmoil over their inheritance when the 150-year old patriarch dies and the youngest, Mirko, refuses to continue in the family mortician business. — PN1997 .M36566 — VIDEO

Master and Margarita

[Il maestro e Margherita] by Petrovic. In Italian with subtitles. Feature Film —Writer Nikolai Masoudov (Ugo Tognazzi), 'the Master', is working on a play about Pontius Pilate when two suspicious representatives of the Soviet government start following his every step. Accompanying them is a professor of Black Magic, Voland (Alain Cuny). Paranoia sets in, as the Master believes not only that the Devil himself is after him, but also that his assistant Margaret (Mimsy Farmer) is also conspiring with the forces of evil. But when locked up in a mental hospital, it is Margaret that attempts his rescue under the ever-present threat of the evil forces that surround them —PN1995.9.F67 M34 2004— DVD

Master and Margarita

By Bortko. In Russian with subtitles. Feature Film. —Set in Moscow during the time of Stalin, several story-lines are intertwined. A writer (the Master) has produced a manuscript of a play about Pontius Pilate. It appears that government agents are intent on suppressing the manuscript. Paranoia sets in as the Master believes that not only the Devil himself is after him, but that his assistant Margarita is conspiring with the forces of evil. Paralleling this is the story of Yeshua and Pontius Pilate. Throughout, the evil Professor of Black Magic and his otherworldly group are manipulating public events and people's lives.Originally produced as a television miniseries of 10 episodes in Russia in 2005.— PG3476.B78 M32 2006 — DVD

Masters of Animation

By Halas. In English. Feature Film — Examines the animated film output of thirteen countries, with examples of films from each country. — TR897.5 .M377 — VIDEO

Match Point

By Allen. In English. Feature Film — Loosely based on Dostoevskii's Crime and Punishment . Former tennis pro Chris Wilton stumbles into good fortune when Chloe Hewett, the daughter of a wealthy businessman and the sister of one of his tennis students, falls in love with him. But when Chris meets Nola, a much deeper passion is stirred. His desire isn't deterred even after he discovers that Nola is already dating Chloe's brother. But when their affair threatens Chris's increasingly cozy lifestyle, Chris begins to consider a drastic solution. — PN1995.9.S87 M3834 2006 — DVD

The Meeting Place Cannot Be Changed

[Mesto vstrechi izmenit' nel'zia], by Govorukhin. In Russian with subtitles. Feature Film — Volodya Shaparov, a young officer, returns to Moscow after the end of World War II to work with the Moscow Criminal Police. There he meets Gleb Zheglov, chief of a squad which fights organized crime. Their task is to track down a gang ("Black Cat") which terrorizes the city. They also are trying to discover who murdered Larisa Grudzeva. Zheglov believes Larisa's husband, Ivan Grudzev, is the guilty one, but Sharapov has his doubts — PN1997 .M377 1997 — DVD

The Melody Haunts My Reverie

[Samo jednom se ljubi ], by Grlic. In BCS with subtitles. Feature Film — An idealistic young partisan war hero becomes a leader in the emerging socialist society of a small Croat village. After falling in love with a ballerina and becoming involved with her family he is eventually imprisoned — PN1997 .S191 — VIDEO

The Mirror

[Zerkalo], by Tarkovskii. In Russian with subtitles. Feature Film — Tarkovsky's looking glass is not merely cracked but shattered and we see the jagged, jumbled reflections of its shards, imges of Tarkovsky's childhood mixed with fragments of his adult life--a child's wartime exile, a mother's experience with political terror, the breakup of a marriage, life in a country home--all intermingled with slow-motion dream sequences and poetic chunks of stark newsreels. — PN1997.5 .M55 — DVD

The Missles of October

In English. Feature Film — A dramatic reenactment of the Cuban missile crisis of October 16, 1962. Follows the tensions and decisions faced by President John F. Kennedy during the twelve day period when the United States and the Soviet Union confronted each other with nuclear destruction. — F-11,417 — 16MM

Miss Mend

By Barnet. Silent with English intertitles. Feature Film — Following in the footsteps of the French and their 5-hour long feature "serials" ... the Russians came up with their own version of a super long film. It is the story of 3 reporters and an office girl trying to stop a bacteriological strike by some powerful western business leaders against the U.S.S.R. — PN1997 .M577 2000 — VIDEO

Model House

By Radovanovic. In BCS with subtitles. Feature Film — A satirical quasi-documentary about the lack of proper housing afforded to the refugee Serbs from Croatia who are living in exile in Serbia. A woman's narrative is juxtaposed with scenes from the NATO bombing, visuals of dingy refugee camps, excerpts from state television broadcasts spewing propaganda and Slobodan Milosevic's voice saying: "All must be sacrificed for the people, except the people." — DR317 .M63 — VIDEO

Moloch

[Molokh], by Sokurov. In German with subtitles. Feature Film — In an ominous fortress perched high above the clouds, everything seems in order for a reposing 24 hours. It is the spring of 1942 in Germany and Eva Braun is the only voice that dares contradict the Fuhrer. Eva is caught up in the complexities of a man incapable of human intimacy, making her as volcanic as her beloved Hitler. — BF575.A86 M65 — DVD

Monday's Children

[Deti ponedelnika], by Surikova. In Russian with subtitles. Feature Film — PN1997 .D483 — VIDEO

Morozko

[Father Frost], by Kanevskii. In Russian with subtitles. Feature Film — The evil witch Baba Yaga puts a beautiful maiden into a frozen sleep from which only true love can free her. Father Frost helps the maiden and her hero, Ivan, overcome the many difficulties placed before them. — PN1997 .M665 — DVD

Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears

[Moskva slezam ne verit], by Menshov. In Russian with subtitles. Feature Film — A romantic comedy about three young, working-class, country girls, who go to Moscow in 1958 to seek work, men, and success. The story then jumps forward twenty years to look at the results of their expedition — PN1997 .M77 2004 — DVD

Moscow Parade

[Moskovskii parad], by Dykhovichny. In Russian with subtitles. Feature Film — The post-Soviet Union view of the Stalin Era. Set in Moscow in the summer of 1939. Anna, a former aristocrat, is married to one of the chiefs of the secret police. She hates these men who have exterminated her family and who are abusing her now. But she takes advantage of their luxurious life--all the things that are available only to the Soviet elite. — PN1997.R8 M6 — VIDEO

Moskva

In Russian with subtitles. Feature Film — Screenplay, Vladimir Sorokin, Aleksandr Zeldovich ; director, Aleksandr Zeldovich ; operator, Aleksandr Ilkhovskii. — DK601.5 .M58 — VIDEO

Mother

[Mat'], by Pudovkin. In Russian/Silent with subtitles. Feature Film — A mother, after the father is killed in a strike riot, reveals to police where her son has hidden arms that were entrusted to him by comrades. He goes to prison, escapes and later meets his mother during a demonstration in which they are both killed. A famous Russian film. — F-14,178 — 16MM

Mother

[Mat'], by Pudovkin. In Russian/Silent with subtitles. Feature Film — PN1997 .M768 1998— VIDEO

Mother

By Naruse. In Japanese with subtitles. Feature Film — A portrait of silent sacrifice and secret strength. The Fukuhara's struggles reflect the hardships facing many working class families during the postwar era. Based on the novel by Gorky — PN1997.G67 M673 1984 — VIDEO

Mother and Son

[Mat' i syn], by Sokurov. In Russian with subtitles. Feature Film — Set against one stunning landscape after another, this is the tale of a son, his dying mother, and the enormous loss that impends as their ultimate separation approaches. — PN1997.5 .M382 2000 — DVD

Moving

[V Dvizhenii] by Iankovskii. In Russian with subtitles. Feature Film —PN1997 .I26 2002 — DVD

The Mu-mu

In Russian/Silent with subtitles. Feature Film — Based on a short story by Turgenev — F-11,835 — 16MM

My Friend Ivan Lapshin

[Moi drug Ivan Lapshin], by German. In Russian with subtitles. Feature Film — The story of Ivan Lapshin, who faces personal conflicts and confusion while leading a criminal investigation in the Soviet Union in the 1930s. — PN1997 .M898 — VIDEO

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