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SEE THE WAR WITH RUSSIAN EYES: SOVIET AND RUSSIAN FILMS ABOUT WORLD WAR 2

The Russian Embassy in London offers free hire of award winning war dramas, made in Russia from 1950s till 2000s, documentaries and multimedia programs. Send to our email address press@rusemb.org.uk a request enclosing your address, and we will post you the desired film(s) on DVD.

All feature films have voiceover version as well as subtitles in English and other major languages. Please do not copy the films and return them to the Embassy by post after viewing. For non-commercial use only (the person in charge of a screening will be responsible for the respect of all relevant legal requirements). Viewer feedback will be very much appreciated.

Films Catalogue

  • At Dawn It’s Quiet Here is a feature film directed by Stanislav Rostotsky based on Boris Vasilyev’s novel of the same name. In 1973 the film was nominated for an Oscar in the "Best Foreign Language Film" category.
    The film is set in Karelia (near Finland) in 1941 during World War II. Senior Sergeant Vaskov is stationed with a group of young female anti-aircraft gunners in a railway station far from the front line.
  • The Star is a 2002 Russian film directed by Nikolai Lebedev, a large modern project of Mosfilm. It is based on a short story of the same name by Emmanuil Kazakevich, about a group of Soviet scouts working behind enemy lines during Operation Bagration in World War II.
  • Torpedo bombers (1983) - one of the best films about Soviet pilots fighting in World War II. Directed by Semyon Aranovich, based on stories by Yury German.
  • They Fought for Their Motherland is a 1975 Soviet war film directed by Sergei Bondarchuk based on the novel of the Nobel prize winner Mikhail Sholokhov. It was entered into the 1975 Cannes Film Festival.
  • Destiny of a man is a 1959 film based on a story of the Nobel prize winner Mikhail Sholokhov. The story of a man (Andrey Sokolov) whose life was ruthlessly crippled by World War II. His wife and daughter were killed during the bombing of his village, he spent some time as a prisoner, and his only son was killed in action only a few days before the victory.
  • The Cranes Are Flying is a Soviet film about World War II. It depicts the cruelty of war and the damage suffered to the Soviet psyche as a result of World War II (known in the Soviet Union as the Great Patriotic War). It was directed at Mosfilm by the director Mikhail Kalatozov in 1957 and stars Aleksey Batalov and Tatiana Samoilova. It won the Palme d’Or at the 1958 Cannes Film Festival.
  • Come and See directed by Elem Klimov, is a 1985 Soviet war movie and psychological drama about and occurring during the Nazi German occupation of the Belarussian SSR, in 1943. Aleksei Kravchenko and Olga Mironova star as the protagonists Florya and Glasha. The screenplay is by Ales Adamovich and Elem Klimov.
  • Ivan’s Childhood is a 1962 Russian film directed by Andrei Tarkovsky. It is based on the 1957 short story Ivan by Vladimir Bogomolov, with the screenplay written by Mikhail Papava and Andrei Tarkovsky. The film features child actor Nikolai Burlyayev, Valentin Zubkov, Yevgeni Zharikov, Stepan Krylov, Nikolai Grinko and Tarkovsky’s wife Irma Raush. The film tells the story of orphan boy Ivan and his experiences during World War II. Ivan’s Childhood was one of several Soviet films of the late 1950s, such as The Cranes Are Flying and Ballad of a Soldier that looked at the human cost of war.
  • Ballad of a Soldier is a 1959 Soviet film directed by Grigori Chukhrai and starring Vladimir Ivashov and Zhanna Prokhorenko. The film is set during World War II and shows how the Red Army soldier Alyosha tries to make it home during a leave, meeting several civilians on his way and falling in love with Shura. The film was produced at Mosfilm and won several awards, including the BAFTA Award for Best Film from any Source and was nominated for the Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay.
  • Liberation (1969-1972) – epic film about the defeat of the Nazi Germany by Allied forces, from Kursk to Berlin. Directed by Yury Ozerov, features 51 historical figures.
  • The Battle for Moscow - 1985 epic film by Yuri Ozerov about the onset of the World War 2. The Immortal Garrison (1956) is a film about the heroic defenders of the Brest Fortress, the first to confront and resist the German attack in 1941.
  • Normandie-Niémen is a 1960 French-Soviet co-production about the real story of French Fighter Pilots forming a fighter squadron in WW2 Russia.
  • The Hot Snow is a 1972 film about the Battle of Stalingrad.

Documentaries

  • Hurricanes over Russia. The story of RAF 151 Wing (Atoll Productions, 2006).
  • Ordinary Fascism. (released in the US as Triumph over Violence) is a 1965 Soviet documentary by Mikhail Romm. An extraordinarily powerful reminder to the future generations of the horrors of German Nazism, it features archive footage to denounce dictatorship.
  • The Victory Parade 1945.



COMMENTS

Comments: 2


01.09.2013 19:32 - Dr Piyal Samaraweera

Thank you very much for the films you offered. I studied medicine in Rostov- on Don(USSR) in 1983-1990 period and now I became Director of one of the major Hospital in Sri Lanka. I know and feel how your people suffered during the war and how you won it. Russia is my 2nd birth place. I always remember my russian friends and now Iam dreaming to see them again. Prevet vesem !!


14.08.2012 15:52 - Cathy A. Frierson

THIS IS MARVELOUS! I teach a course entitled "World War II in Russia and the Soviet Union" at the University of New Hampshire in the USA. I would like to assign all these films to my students. The goal of my course is to enable American students to understand the Soviet Union's contributions to and sacrifices in WWII and how Russians today remember that. Please explain to me how I can best assign all these films using your site. Spasibo za ranee, Cathy A. Frierson, Professor University of New Hampshire History Department Durham, NH 03824