Russophiles Unite! Movie Podcast

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What if aliens visited Earth? And what if they crash-landed in Russia instead of the US? And what if one of them was hunky? All these questions and more are answered in Fyodor Bondarchuk's 2017 film Attraction. To discuss the film Ally is once agai…
Diamonds! Peril! Shirtless propagandistic digging! are just some of the things awaiting us in Mikhail Kalatozov's Letter Never Sent from 1960. To discuss the film Ally is once again joined by jolly good chap and fellow REM appreciator Lyn Seren. Ex…
Hurrah! We're all heading off to a thinly-veiled metaphor for the Soviet Union... Oops, I mean, summer camp! Our film is Welcome, or No Trespassing from 1964, directed by Elem Klimov. Ally's guest this time is writer, TV producer, and stand-up come…
This time around we're watching The Cranes are Flying from 1957, directed by Mikhail Kalatozov. Ally is once again joined by Russian language & literature grad, foodie, and reluctant veteran of the podcast Carrie Pitts. SPOILERS from about 18 mins …
This time around, we've unwittingly got ourselves mixed up with Leonid Gaidai's 1969 crime caper The Diamond Arm. To discuss the film, Ally is joined by Olivia Capozzalo & Smith Freeman, who co-host She's in Russia podcast, which is a mostly weekly…
Get yer boots on, as we're off to do battle with King Vidor's 1956 interpretation of Lev Tolstoy's War and Peace!  To talk about the film, Ally is joined by podcaster and masterful storyteller Adam Roche of The Secret History of Hollywood, Attaboy,…
This time around, we're off to the southern borderlands (possibly against our will) for Leonid Gaidai's Prisoner of the Caucasus AKA Kidnapping, Caucasian Style from 1966. To discuss the film, Ally is joined by writer and filmmaker Nadia Bee. You c…
Happy New Year, folks! For this first episode of 2019, we're watching Andrei Tarkovsky's full-length debut Ivan's Childhood from 1962. Joining Ally once again is podcaster & writer Spencer Seams, who longtime listeners will remember from last year'…
Festive tidings, folks! We're steeping ourselves in some seasonal schmaltz with the fabulously-titled Six Degrees of Celebration (AKA Yolki) from 2010, directed by Timur Bekmambetov, Yaroslav Chevazhevskiy, Ignas Jonynas, Dmitriy Kiselev, Aleksandr…
Fairy tale whimsy, spectacular Russian insults, and interplanetary fraud are just some of the aspects of Anna Melikyan's 2007 film Mermaid discussed in the first episode of season 3 of the Russophiles Unite Movie podcast. This time around, Ally is …
Finally, a Sergei Eisenstein film! And it only took us two seasons! For the last episode in the current season we're watching Ivan the Terrible, part I from 1944. To discuss the film, Ally is joined by film masters graduate and montage enthusiast E…
This fortnight's pick is a musical set in a Jewish village in Tsarist Russia on the cusp of a revolution... Les Mis, Hamilton, this...what is it about revolutions and musicals? That's right, we're watching Fiddler on the Roof, directed by Norman Je…
This fortnight's pick is cult favourite 'Red Western'/'Eastern' The White Sun of the Desert, directed by Vladimir Motyl, and starring Anatoly Kuznetsov, Spartak Mishulin, Pavel Luspekayev, Kakhi Kavsadze, and Lidiya Smirnova. Joining Ally to discus…
This fortnight's movie is Ivan Vasilyevich Changes Profession AKA Ivan Vasilyevich: Back to the Future, directed Leonid Gaidai. To discuss the film, Ally is joined by Russophiles Unite regular and Bill and Ted enthusiast Lyn Seren. Expect SPOILERS …
The movie this time is late '80s Russian cult favourite Assa, directed by Sergei Solovyov. To discuss the film, Ally is joined by former Moscow resident and self-described 'emergency back-up guest' Carrie Pitts. We were fortunate enough to see it o…
This fortnight's pick is iconic '90s Russian crime movie Brother, directed by Alexei Balabanov. It stars Sergei Bodrov Jr, Viktor Sukhorukov, Svetlana Pismichenko, Yury Kuznetsov, and Sergei Murzin. Ally is joined by author, former police officer, …
Silence! We're off to the Red Planet for early sci-fi Aelita: Queen of Mars, directed by Yakov Protazanov. The film stars Nikolai Tsereteli, Valentina Kuindzhi, Yuliya Solntseva, Nikolai Batalov, and Pavel Pol. For this episode, Ally is joined by a…
For this week's episode, we're watching Nicholas & Alexandra, directed by Franklin J. Schaffner. It stars Michael Jayston, Janet Suzman, Laurence Olivier, John McEnery, Michael Bryant, and Tom Baker. To discuss the film, Ally is joined by Moscow-ba…
For our first film of the month, it's My Friend Ivan Lapshin, directed by Aleksei German Sr. Ally is joined by filmmaker and podcaster Martin Kessler, who hosts Flixwise Canada. He has also written a series of in-depth essays on Aleksei German and …
This fortnight's film is The Sun, directed by Alexander Sokurov. It stars Issei Ogata and Robert Dawson. Ally is joined by podcaster Joel Torres, who co-hosts Please Don't Send Me into Outer Space, and High & Low: A Kurosawa Podcast. SPOILERS from …
This fortnight's film is The Barber of Siberia, directed by Nikita Mikhalkov. It stars Julia Ormond, Oleg Menshikov, Alexei Petrenko, and Richard Harris.  Joining Ally to discuss the film is literature fan and period drama conoisseur Tracy Tanoff. …
...And we're back! The subject of the first episode of the new series is *ahem* iconic. It's Andrei Tarkovsky's drama Andrei Rublev. Joining Ally once again is man who likes interesting films and appreciator of dogs, Lyn Setchell. SPOILERS from abo…
For the last episode of this batch, it's Window to Paris from 1993. It stars Sergey Dreyden, Agnes Soral, and Viktor Mikhaylov, and was directed by Yuri Mamin. Joining Ally to discuss the film are Carrie & Lyn, who you may remember from such episod…
This fortnight we're taking The Hound of the Baskervilles from 1981 for a walk. It stars Vasily Livanov, Viktor Solomin and Nikita Mikhalkov, and was directed by Igor Maslennikov. For this episode, Ally is joined by podcaster and Comrade Radio netw…
This fortnight the film is Eastern Promises from 2007, directed by David Cronenberg. It stars Viggo Mortensen, Naomi Watts, Vincent Cassell and Armin Mueller-Stahl. In case you've not seen it before , please be aware that it features depictions of …