Best Soviet movies of the 1960s
- Posted by: Enjoy Russian
- Category: Matryoshka’s diary
These 3 films were the greatest for our grandmas and grandpas. Let’s watch, learn Russian and connect with the Soviet epoch
Today’s Matryoshka’s Diary post is devoted to some famous Soviet films. Even if you ask someone from youngsters if they heard about them they would say “Yes, definitely!” Some of the movies were given international awards, some make you cry and some make you laugh. But the simple truth is that the actors, directors and all those people who participated in movie making were amazing professionals.
A lady with a little dog (1960) – Дама с собачкой
Based on a famous story written by Anton Chekhov, the film depicts the salacious affair in Yalta between Anna Sergeevna and a banker from Moscow Dmitri Gurov. Following their brief fling, regular life and their respective marriages leave both feeling unsatisfied and haunted. Exploring love and the emotional complexity of romantic affairs, the film received critical acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival. Staying true to the original, the film is a brilliant portrayal of one of the greatest short stories. The film was nominated for the Palme d’Or, Cannes Film Festival (1960) and won the Jussi Award for the Best Foreign Actor (1962).
Lively Voyage (1961) – Полосатый рейс
Join us for a voyage! This Soviet movie tells a story about a boat with a very unusual “goods” on board – tigers, lions, and a mischievous monkey! Shumekin is a cook working on a trade mission who has convinced people that he is an animal tamer. The lie will be discovered as the monkey decides to open up some cages and let his animal friends run free. A hilarious movie that will be enjoyed by all members of the family.
Hamlet (1964) – Гамлет
This Shakespeare’s tragedy is given true justice in the translation by Boris Pasternak. Widely regarded by film critics all over the world as being the best cinematographic adaptation of Hamlet ever, the film depicts the story of Prince Hamlet and his father’s death at the hands of his brother Claudius. The film received the Special Jury Award and Best Actor Award at the Venice International Film Festival (1964).
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