50 Classic Russian Films (Including Tarkovsky’s Finest) Now Online

We have previously featured films by the great Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky. So we’re overjoyed to report that the Moscow film company Mosfilm has just made 5o Russian classics available on YouTube in high definition. According to Yahoo News, Mosfilm has pledged to release five more films each week, all in HD with English subtitles, eventually bringing the total for the year to 200.

You can look over the whole list of currently available classics at Mosfilm’s YouTube channel. (Non-Russian speakers might want to hit Google Translate.) In yet another concession to the decadence of Western capitalism, each film is preceded by a short commercial. We hope some balance has been restored to the universe by the inclusion of communist dictator Joseph Stalin’s favorite movie, the musical comedy Volga Volga.

Above, we start you off with the first part of Tarkovksy’s classic, Andrei Rublev (1966), which won the FIPRESCI prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 1969, even though Soviet authorities tried to censor the film. Part 2 resides here. And don’t miss our big collection of 380 Free Movies Online.

via Yahoo News

Sheerly Avni is a San Francisco-based arts and culture writer. Her work has appeared in Salon, LA Weekly, Mother Jones, and many other publications. You can follow her on twitter at @sheerly



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  1. Benjamin Lobato says . . . | May 5, 2011 / 1:30 pm

    Although this is undeniably great, none of the films appear to be available in HD, as you say. The 360p resolution on youtube is noticeably different than what you would see on a DVD. I recommend that anyone interested in these great films seek out the DVDs (or Blu-ray in the case of Solaris). Its worth it.

  2. Yelba Quinn says . . . | May 6, 2011 / 12:18 am

    This is really exciting. It’s nice having access to great films wherever you are.
    http://criterioncritiques.com/

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