Slavic & East European Feature Films

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The Rabbit Is Me

[Kaninchen bin ich, Das], by Maetzig. In German with subtitles. Feature Film — A 19-year-old East German girl named Maria Morzeck is denied university admission because her brother is in jail for political reasons. She later falls in love with the judge who passed the harsh sentence on her brother. — PT2662.I38 M35 1997 — VIDEO

A Railway Station for Two

[Vokzal dlia dvoikh], by Riazanov. In Russian with subtitles. Feature Film — A man is stranded at a train station after refusing to pay for an unsatisfactory meal. He befriends a local waitress, and through a series of comic misadventures, a relationship develops between them. Unfortunately, he must go to Siberia to serve a sentence for a crime he didn't commit. — PN1997 .V65 2004 — DVD

Ranks and People

[Chiny i liudi] by Protozanov. Silent with French intertitles. Feature Film — A silent picture based on several Anton Chekhov stories, including "Anna on the Neck," "Death of a Petty Official," and "Chameleon." —PN1997 .C55 2007 — DVD [PAL]


By Wiene. In German / Silent with subtitles. Feature Film — The story of a poor, imperious, eccentric former law student who believes that he is a special kind of superman exempt from any moral law. He murders a woman and her sister and is then sent to prison for years. — PN1997.5 .R37 — VIDEO

Rasputin (agony)

[Agoniia], by Klimov. In Russian with subtitles. Feature Film — Story of the rise of Rasputin, his influence over the royal court, and his lust for power that eventually threatens the House of Romanoff and all of Russia. — DK254.R3 A76 — DVD

The Red and the White

[Csillagosok Katonak] by Jancso. In Hungarian and Russian with subtitles. Feature Film —This film about the absurdity and arbitrariness of war is set in Central Russia during the Civil War of 1918. It details the battles between the Red soldiers of Russia, aided by Hungarian Communists, and the counter-revolutionary Whites in the hills along the Volga River. —PN1997 .C73 2001— DVD


By Beatty. In English. Feature Film — The story of the love affair of John Reed and Louise Bryant in a war-torn world and how the Russian revolution shook their lives. — HX84.R4 R4 — VIDEO

The Red Tent

[Krasnaia palatka] by Kalatozov. In English. Feature Film —Tells the saga of the ill-fated 1928 Arctic expedition headed by Italian Unberto Nobile. After the crash of their dirigible, Italia, the survivors huddle in their makeshift red canvas dwelling, desperately sending out S.O.S. signals.—PN1995.9.H5 R43 2005— DVD


[Pokaianie], by Abuladze. In Russian with subtitles. Feature Film — A mysterious woman is put on trial for repeatedly digging up the body of the town's recently deceased ruler. The trial progresses, and it is learned that the woman's parents perished under the ruler's vicious, despotic reign of terror. — PN1997.5 .R46 — VIDEO

A Report on the Party and the Guests

[O slavnosti a hostech] by Krumbacheva. In Czech with subtitles. Feature Film —A political thriller that satirizes unquestionable conformity. A group of happy picnickers run afoul of a bullying sadist who has an unbreakable hold over his followers. After he interrogates one of them, a stranger then invites everyone to an elegant, formal banquet. The affair is bizarre, and ends with the group armed and hunting down a guest who chose not to remain.—PN1997 .R44 1987— VIDEO

Respublika Shkid

by Polok. In Russian with subtitles. Feature Film — Set in the Soviet Union in 1922, a school for orphan boys, one of the Dostoevsky Schools of Individual Study, has some discipline problems, that ultimately lead to a revolt by the students. The boys then set up their own "republic" and try governing themselves. — PN1997 .R47 2001 — DVD

The Return

[Vozvrashchenie], by Zviagintsev. In Russian with subtitles. Feature Film — Having a fatherless childhood, young brothers Andrei and Ivan have grown closer than most siblings. But when they least expect it, the father the boys have never known returns. Under the cool midnight sun of a coastal Russian summer, the boys eagerly hop into a car for a fishing trip with a complete stranger they absolutely need to believe is their father. As they travel deep into the wilderness, their journey devolves from vacation to boot camp to father-son love triangle and ultimately to a test of wills that pushed to the brink of violence.— PN1997 .R48 2003 — DVD

The Rider Named Death

By Shakhnazarov.  In Russian with subtitles.  Feature Film —A small band of radicals takes on a dangerous game of political assassination as they attempt to bring down the Russian monarchy through any means necessary. —PN1997 .R54 2005 — DVD

Road to Life

[Putevka v zhizn'], by Ekk. In Russian with subtitles. Feature Film — One of the earliest Russian sound films, A road to life is a dramatization of the problem of orphaned juvenile delinquents in post-war Russia. After the repressive efforts of the government failed to reform these children, a group of teachers gathered them into collective homes where they were taught cooperation through useful work and recreation. These efforts resulted in the successful socialization of the children. — PN1997.5 .P8813 — VIDEO

Roads to Koktebel'

[Koktbel'] by Khlebnikov. In Russian with subtitles. Feature Film — A father sets off from Moscow with his 11-year-old son for his sister's house in Koktebel by the Black Sea. With no money, nor means of transportation, they drift through the expansive and mesmeric landscapes at the mercy of chance. For the father, the journey is an attempt to restore self-respect and win back the trust of his son. For the boy, the mythic coastal town holds the key to a new life. — PN1997 .R57264 2005 — DVD


By Mikhalkov. In Russian with subtitles. Feature Film — PN1995.9.M45 R63 2004 — grandmother who has been left behind in the countryside when her daughter and family move Moscow travels to the big city and begins to meddle in her family's business. — DVD

Rosa Luxemburg

In German / Polish with subtitles. Feature Film — Rosa Luxemburg, a Polish Jewess was born on March 5, 1871. She became German through an unconsumated marriage and at the beginning of the century, played an important role in the political and moral fields. She was at the sides of Bebel, Jaures, Lenin during all the major international congresses. She was also an ardent pacifist and spent the greatest part of the war in prison. — PN1997 .R67 1994 — VIDEO

Round Up

By Miklos. In Hungarian with subtitles. Feature Film — A savage and often ironic epic about the effects of imprisonment, fear, and torture in a police state. Twenty years after an aborted revolt, several hundred outlaws and peasants are rounded up and imprisoned in hopes of identifying active rebels. — PN1997.A23 R696 1993 — VIDEO

A Royal Hunt

[Tsarskaia okhota] by Melnikov. In Russian without subtitles. Feature Film — Based on the story Tsar's hunt by Leonid Zorin. PAL format — DK42 .T9 — VIDEO

Ruslan and Liudmila

[Ruslan i Liudmila], In Russian with subtitles. Feature Film — Ruslan, a fairy-tale hero, fights the evil sorcerer and saves Liudmila and many others from death. — PN1997 .R87 — VIDEO

Russian Ark

[Russkii kovcheg], by Sokurov. In Russian with subtitles. Feature Film — A modern filmmaker magically finds himself transported to the 18th century where he embarks on a time-traveling journey through 300 years of Russian history. The first feature film ever created in a single take. — PN1997.5 .R877 — DVD

Russian Night

[Seiji Ozawa], In English. Music/Opera — An electrifying evening of Russian classical masterpieces performed by the Berliner Philharmoniker under the baton of the great Seiji Ozawa. Filmed live from the stage of the Waldbuhne Berlin. — Video- cass. 119 — VIDEO

Rustling Landscapes

[Selestenje], In Slovenian with subtitles. Feature Film — Luka leaves for the countryside unhappy with the way his girlfriend Katarina has treated him. She follows him hoping that they could sort out their relationship. Despite the beauty and tranquility of their surroundings they go through twists and turns that only intensify their crisis. When Katarina befriends the happy-go-lucky soldier Primoz, new dimensions and choices open up for her. Ultimately all three must decide where their own life will take them. — PN1997 .S45 2002 — DVD

Ruthless Romance

[Zhestokii romans], by Riazanov. In Russian with subtitles. Feature Film — When Larisa is jilted by her lover, she determines to marry the first man who proposes to her.— PN1997.5 .R87 2000 — DVD

Last modified: February 20, 2014