Russian film lovers can explore a treasure trove of Soviet films as legendary movie studio Mosfilm has posted dozens of its most famous films on YouTube for anyone to watch for free.
The films, legendary for many Russians but often little known in the West, include the comedies of Georgian-Russian director Georgi Daneliya, “Gentlemen of Fortune” and “Mimino”; “The White Sun Of The Desert,” a much-loved adventure story set in Central Asia that is always watched by cosmonauts before a space launch; and classic melodramas such as Eldar Ryazanov’s “A Cruel Romance” with Nikita Mikhalkov and “A Railway Station for Two” starring the late Lyudmila Gurchenko.
Every week, the studio will upload five new films onto the channel, the studio said in an official press release, and expects to have 200 by the end of the year. Other films uploaded include “Andrei Rublev” and “The Mirror,” two works by one of Russia’s greatest art-house directors, Andrei Tarkovsky.
“For us, the YouTube project is very important and interesting,” Karen Shakhnazarov, director of Mosfilm. “The aim is to give users the possibility to legally watch high-quality video material and prevent the illegal use of our films,” he said.
The studio has worked with YouTube to remove pirated versions of their films uploaded onto the site.
Photo: Andrei Tarkovsky
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