Russian Language Hall of Fame II

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Welcome to the Russian Language Hall of Fame II

Any film that's from Russia and is predominantly in Russian is eligible for this HoF as long as it hasn't won a previous HoF. This means that you're not allowed to nominate the following films:

Tale of Tales (1979, Norstein)
The Ascent (1977, Sheptiko)
Solaris (1972, Tarkovsky)

All other Russian films are eligible for this HoF though.

In case you're new to Hall of Fames and don't know how they work, here are the rules:

1) Everyone who wishes to join must state they're joining in this thread and then nominate a film by sending it to me via Private Message. Do not reveal your nomination in the thread! If you wish to join, let me know by April 29th. That will be the loose deadline for this thread, meaning that I'll post all the nominations and you can begin watching and reviewing them, though you'll still have another week to join this thread before the deadline to join officially arrives (which will be on May 6th, btw).

2) The film you nominate shouldn't be over four hours long.

3) Your nomination should have dialogue primarily in Russian. Make sure your nomination has English subtitles though and is easy to track down. If you need to share a link to a free streaming site, don't post it in this thread. Share it via PMs. Also, feel free to ask for help with finding the films nominated for this thread if you're unable to find them.

4) Everyone who joins must watch and review all the films nominated for this thread. You do not have to post a full, elaborate review in this thread for each film, but you do need to say something about each film (write at least a paragraph for each film and you should be good).

5) The amount of time you have to watch and review all the films for this thread is approximately one week for each film. I'll add a couple extra weeks to account for anyone who falls behind, but I recommend staying on schedule. Once I get a tally of everyone who's in this thread, I'll put up a deadline for when you have to finish everything by.

6) When you have finished watching and reviewing all of the nominations, PM me with a ranked list (where #1 is your favorite film) of all the films nominated for this thread. The films will be scored based on where they ranked on everyone's lists, with the final reveal happening after everyone has submitted a list.

For example, if your ballot looks like this:

1) Tale of Tales (1979)
2) The Ascent (1977)
3) Solaris (1972)

Tale of Tales would get 3 points, The Ascent would get 2 points, and Solaris would get 1 point. The film which gets the most points wins, the film which gets the second most points will be in 2nd place, and so on.

Nominations:



The Cranes Are Flying (1957, Mikhail Kalatozov)
Nominated by: SpelingError



Letter Never Sent (1959, Mikhail Kalatozov)
Nominated by: ScarletLion



Stalker (1979, Andrei Tarkovsky)
Nominated by: Citizen Rules



The Dream of a Ridiculous Man (1992, Aleksandr Petrov)
Nominated by: jiraffejustin



The Thief (1997, Pavel Chukhray)
Nominated by: Wyldesyde19



Khrustalyov, My Car! (1998, Aleksey German)
Nominated by: Ultraviolence



The Return (2003, Andrey Zvyagintsev)
Nominated by: Takoma11



Leviathan (2014, Andrey Zvyagintsev)
Nominated by: nidral
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Deadline: July 10th

Reviews:

Citizen Rules (0/7):

jiraffejustin (0/7):

ScarletLion (0/7):

SpelingError (1/7):
The Cranes Are Flying

Takoma11 (0/7):

Ultraviolence (0/7):

Wyldesyde19 (1/7):
Stalker



Also, I might as well ping everyone from RT/Corrie to see if their interested. If you don't wish to join, it's totally cool.

@ApexPredator
@Captain Terror
@crumbsroom
@Jinnistan
@John Dumbear
@John W Constantine
@kgaard
@Rockatansky
@Slentert
@StuSmallz
@Takoma
@ThatDarnMKS
@Thief
@Torgo
@WHITBISSELL!

Also, @Citizen Rules and @Wyldesyde19 both expressed interest in this, so I'll ping both of them as well.



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Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors is not a Russian film and it has nothing to do with Russia.
  • The language spoken in the film is Ukrainian (with possible Rusyn language parts).
  • The film is about the Hutsuls ethnic group.
  • The film is directed by an Armenian director.

It is a Soviet film. But the Soviet Union encompassed some 15 republics.
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Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors is not a Russian film and it has nothing to do with Russia.
  • The language spoken in the film is Ukrainian (with possible Rusyn language parts).
  • The film is about the Hutsuls ethnic group.
  • The film is directed by an Armenian director.

It is a Soviet film. But the Soviet Union encompassed some 15 republics.
Thanks for the clarification. I didn't think of that.



I think I'll join this, I'll just ask the other participants to watch mine last as I have to make it over a particularly busy patch for myself. I'll do my best and I'll nominate a film that only goes 30 minutes.



Ughh, I will think real hard if I want to join. I had a hard time in terms of scheduling to finish the HOF24, I also neglected the Personal Rec HOF during that time, plus I have my own Movie Loot challenge to deal with... but I will think it through.
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Ughh, I will think real hard if I want to join. I had a hard time in terms of scheduling to finish the HOF24, I also neglected the Personal Rec HOF during that time, plus I have my own Movie Loot challenge to deal with... but I will think it through.
That's fine These can be time consuming for sure.



So films made under the Soviet Union don't apply, or apply as long as they are in Russian?



So films made under the Soviet Union don't apply, or apply as long as they are in Russian?
As long as the dialogue in them is in Russian, they should be good.



I think I will enjoy this one from the bench. 1) For the reasons I stated before and 2) because I was checking on Letterboxd how many Russian films I've seen and I don't think it even amounts to 10, or maybe even 5. And the ones I've seen are either fairly well known (which means that probably most people here have seen them or will get nabbed first) or are just crap. But I'll be looking and picking up recommendations.