Russophiles Unite! Movie Podcast

27 EpisodesProduced by Ally Pitts

Every fortnight former Moscow resident Ally Pitts is joined by a guest to discuss a Russian film, or a film with a Russian connection.

27 Episodes | 2017 - 2019

Ivan's Childhood (Andrei Tarkovsky; 1962)

January 10th, 2019


Yolki AKA Six Degrees of Celebration (Timur Bekmambetov et al.; 2010)

December 27th, 2018


Mermaid (Anna Melikyan; 2007)

December 13th, 2018


Ivan the Terrible: Part I (Sergei Eisenstein; 1944)

October 25th, 2018


Fiddler on the Roof (Norman Jewison; 1971)

October 11th, 2018


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 …

The White Sun of the Desert (Vladimir Motyl; 1970)

September 27th, 2018


Ivan Vasilyevich Changes Profession (Leonid Gaidai; 1973)

September 13th, 2018


This fortnight's movie is Ivan Vasilyevich Changes Profession AKA Ivan Vasilyevich: Back to the Future, directed Leonid Gaidai.

To discuss the film, …

Assa (Sergei Solovyov; 1987)

August 30th, 2018


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 …

Brother (Alexei Balabanov; 1997)

August 16th, 2018


This fortnight's pick is iconic '90s Russian crime movie Brother, directed by Alexei Balabanov.

It stars Sergei Bodrov Jr, Viktor Sukorukov, Svetlana Pismichenko, Yury Kuznetsov, and Sergei Murzin.

Ally is joined by …

Aelita, Queen of Mars (Yakov Protazanov; 1924)

August 2nd, 2018


Silence! We're off to the Red Planet for early sci-fi Aelita: Queen of Mars, directed by Yakov Protazanov.

The film stars Nikolai …

Nicholas & Alexandra (Franklin J. Schaffner; 1971)

July 17th, 2018


For this week's episode, we're watching Nicholas & Alexandra, directed by Franklin J. Schaffner.

It stars Michael Jayston, Janet Suzman, Laurence …

My Friend Ivan Lapshin (Aleksei German Sr; 1985)

July 5th, 2018


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 …

The Sun (Alexander Sokurov; 2005)

June 21st, 2018


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 …

The Barber of Siberia (Nikita Mikhalkov; 1998)

June 7th, 2018


This fortnight's film is The Barber of Siberia, directed by Nikita Mikhalkov.

It stars Julia Ormond, Oleg Menshikov, Alexei Petrenko, and Richard …

Andrei Rublev (Andrei Tarkovsky; 1966)

May 24th, 2018


...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, …

Window to Paris (Yuri Mamin; 1993)

April 12th, 2018


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 …

The Hound of the Baskervilles (Igor Maslennikov; 1981)

March 29th, 2018


Eastern Promises (David Cronenberg; 2007)

March 15th, 2018


Through the Thorns to the Stars (Richard Viktorov; 1980)

March 1st, 2018


The Death of Stalin (Armando Iannucci; 2017)

February 15th, 2018


Loveless (Andrey Zvyagintsev; 2017)

February 14th, 2018


As a special Valentine's Day treat, we're watching Andrey Zvyagintsev's latest film, Loveless from 2017.

The film stars Maryana Spivak, Aleksey Rozin, and Matvey Novikov. It has been nominated for a Bafta for Best Film …

Stalingrad (Fyodor Bondarchuk; 2013)

February 1st, 2018


Lady Macbeth (William Oldroyd; 2016)

January 18th, 2018


This time around we're watching British film Lady Macbeth, shot in 2016.

This episode has been in the vaults for quite a while; since early last May …

Tsar (Pavel Lungin; 2009)

January 4th, 2018


The Irony of Fate (Eldar Ryazanov; 1975) Special Festive Episode!!!

December 21st, 2017


Moscow does not Believe in Tears (Vladimir Menshov; 1980)

December 7th, 2017


The film of choice this time around is Moscow does not Believe in Tears, directed by Vladimir Menshov and starring Vera AlentovaIrina Muravyova, and Raisa Ryazanova. It won Best Film in a Foreign Language at the …

[Pilot Episode] Stalker (Andrei Tarkovsky; 1979)

November 23rd, 2017

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