A romantic comedy in which Ninotchka, a humorless, dedicated Soviet envoy, and Leon, a gigolo, are transformed when they fall in love in Paris.
Lubitsch, Ernst - Brackett, Charles - Wilder, Billy - Reisch, Walter - Gibbons, Cedric - Daniels, William - Garbo, Greta - Douglas, Melvyn - Lugosi, Bela - Rumann, Sig ...
Lubitsch, Ernst - Brackett, Charles - Wilder, Billy - Reisch, Walter - Gibbons, Cedric - Daniels, William - Garbo, Greta - Douglas, Melvyn - Lugosi, Bela - Rumann, Sig - Lengyel, Menyhért - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer - Rca Corporation - Loew's Incorporated - Copyright Collection (library of Congress) - Lc Purchase Collection (library of Congress) - Turner Entertainment Co. Collection (library of Congress)
Musicians from over 35 countries compete in Moscow. Interviews with the competitors and jury members are interspersed with actual performances as people comment on the societal changes in Russia and the difficulties of competition.
A wall of bureaucracy and old customs still surrounds many aspects of Soviet life. A bride in one Soviet region considers immolating herself because she can't prove she's a virgin to her bridegroom and his family. Only bribery moves the wheels of the system. An interview with Boris Yeltsin is featured.
Veterans describe life on the front in the Afghanistan war in which 60,000 Soviet troops died and many more were maimed. Groups spawned by glasnost include Latvian hippies, admirers of controversial novelist Bulgakov, and the "Pamyat" movement.
A documentary film about refuseniks, Soviet Jews who sought to emigrate from the Soviet Union to Israel. Focuses especially on the political activism efforts of the movement, both in the Soviet Union and abroad.
Bialis, Laura - Howard, Stephanie S. - Holzman, Allan - Bernstein, Charles - Lc Collection (library of Congress)
"Feast your eyes on reflections of [1960s and]1970s Soviet Russia through material gathered by filmmaker Vivian Ostrovsky during a series of expeditions in and around Moscow with her Brazilian family - mixed with Soviet-era found footage. Ostrovsky's father discovered that both his brother and sister were still alive and living in the USSR - and they had not seen each other for 40 years. ...
Ostrovsky, Vivian - Jet-Lag (firm) - Ruth Diskin Films (firm) - Israel and Judaica Section Video Collection (library of Congress)
Film crews are shown moving freely in post-glasnost Moscow to record scenes for the movie version of John Le Carré's novel The Russia house. Those working on the film, along with some Russian people, comment on Le Carré's work and how perestroika has affected Russia.
Explores the tragedy of the Stalinist regime in the Soviet Union as paralleled in a provincial Georgian town. Varlam Aravidze, the former mayor of the town, has died. At his funeral he is mourned ostentatiously by his son Avel, his grandson Tornike and all the townspeople. One woman, however, refuses to let the dictator rest in peace. Night after night, Ketevan Barateli exhumes the ...