Discover the revolutionary cinema of the Soviet Union

The early cinema following the Russian Revolution, led by visionaries such as Sergei Eisenstein and Dziga Vertov, saw the introduction of many new cinematic techniques that sought to capture on film the real life of working people.

Later Soviet Cinema, though more heavily censored, still produced some truly remarkable films. In particular the work of Sergei Parajanov, which was said to invent a whole new cinematic language. No matter which film you choose, this collection is full of pioneering, avant-garde filmmaking.

October is Sergei M. Eisenstein's docu-drama about the 1917 October Revolution in Russia.
A young boy has to be immured into the walls of a fortress in order to stop it from crumbling to pieces.
An unemployed peasant is arrested and sent to fight in World War I. After three years, he returns ready for revolution.
An old soldier helps a young boy find his mother, who's been kidnapped to the magical underwater kingdom in a remote Russian lake.
Olya meets her counterpart Yalo, while looking into the mirror. Olya is slowly learning to see herself differently.
A hapless loser undergoes misadventures with avaracious clergy, a tired horse, and a walking granary (among other things) on his road to collectivized happiness
The film depicts a strike in 1903 by the workers of a factory in pre-revolutionary Russia, and their subsequent suppression.
A fairy tale about a conceited young man and a young woman with a tyrannical step-mother, who must overcome magical trials in order to be together
Maxim grows up under the czarist regime. Continually demeaned by his grandfather, Maxim is drawn to his warm-hearted grandmother, who instills in him the willingness to pursue his writing muse.
Yussuf and Aliosha are two shipwrecked sailors on an island in the Caspian Sea. They both fall in love with the beautiful Misha.
Future writer Gorki reaches maturity with an insatiable desire for personal and artistic freedom, as he goes to work in the shipyards and commisserates with the hard-drinking, philosophical dockworkers.
Marya is abducted by Kashchei the Immortal. Her groom, warrior Nikita Kozhemyaka, sets out to rescue her and fight Kashchei.
Los is an individualist dreamer. Aelita is the daughter of Tuskub, the ruler of a totalitarian state. Los obsesses about being watched by Aelita through a telescope and plans to fly to Mars.
Soviet Cinematic History