27. 03. 2012
Mels and Polly

Rebels with a Cause: Valeri Todorovsky’s Russian Hipsters and the Postwar Jazz

Russians tend to love music. People who are familiar with the country’s cinema know that there are usually a couple of songs in the films produced in Russia, especially in those from the...

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21. 03. 2012
Ivan (Maksim Loktionov) and Katya (Maria Andreeva) reunited at the end

The World Needs a Hero: Vadim Sokolovsky’s The Book Of Masters as a Modern Russian Fairy Tale

The Walt Disney Company has been really active in Russia in recent years. Last year, it bought 49% of the shares of 7TV and launched its own television channel in the country. Yet...

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16. 03. 2012
Martin Scorsese (left) and Leonardo DiCaprio (right).  Photo by Robert Hanashiro (USA TODAY).

Scorsese and DiCaprio Set to Reunite for The Wolf Of Wall Street

One of the most successful actor/director partnerships of the last decade is back. Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese will reunite for their fifth collaboration. The Wolf Of Wall Street, set to begin production...

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12. 03. 2012
George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) and Peppy Miller (Bérénice Bejo)

Back to the Roots: Recalling the Silent Age in Michel Hazanavicius’s The Artist

The Hollywood industry has had a soft spot for nostalgia and its own past as of late. This has been an ongoing trend for a while now, as the example of Martin Scorsese’s...

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11. 03. 2012
One of the many versions of the cover

Heart Is…

If you saw this film with friends you probably were embarrassed by the end, because this poignant tale leaves few with dry eyes. Heart is… is a melancholy tale about a wonderfully innocent...

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08. 03. 2012
Gary Oldman in his Oscar-nominated performance as George Smiley

Double Agents: Cold War Revisited in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Spy thrillers have long fascinated the masses. Ever since the two World Wars, people have shown great interest in intelligence and counterintelligence, which only increased during the Cold War with its two adversarial...

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05. 03. 2012
From L-R: Yuki, Kyokyo, Akira, and Shigeru

The unseen side of Japan: Nobody Knows

Hirokazu Koreeda did a fantastic job of telling the story of these young children, abandoned by their mother, who have to fight for survival. The oldest boy, Arika Fukushima (Yûya Yagira) is smart,...

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02. 03. 2012
Help Gone Mad

The Odd Couple: Dysfunctional Russian Lives in Boris Khlebnikov’s Help Gone Mad

What would happen if you transferred Miguel de Cervantes’s peculiar twosome of Don Quixote and Sancho Pansa or Samuel Beckett’s equally eccentric pairing of Vladimir and Estragon from Waiting for Godot to the...

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