57 episodes

Former Moscow resident Ally Pitts discusses Russian and Soviet films and films with a Russian connection with movie enthusiasts from a whole bunch of interesting places. There's a lot more to Russian film than just Tarkovsky and Eisenstein (although we'll be talking about them too).

Russophiles Unite! Movie Podcast Ally Pitts

    • TV & Film
    • 5.0 • 11 Ratings

Former Moscow resident Ally Pitts discusses Russian and Soviet films and films with a Russian connection with movie enthusiasts from a whole bunch of interesting places. There's a lot more to Russian film than just Tarkovsky and Eisenstein (although we'll be talking about them too).

    Gorky Park (Michael Apted; 1983)

    Gorky Park (Michael Apted; 1983)

    Phil Manchester, former Moscow resident and pub quizmaster extraordinaire, joins Ally Pitts to discuss this adaptation of the first of Martin Cruz Smith's Arkady Renko detective novels, set in early 1980s Moscow.CONTENT WARNING: The film includes violence and gore, including violence against women.
    SPOILERS for both the book and the film (and indeed subsequent Renko books) from about 23 minutes in until the end.
    Support the show/fund Ally's caffeine habit at: ko-fi.com/russophilesunite
    Listeners in the UK can help the show by picking up a book from our uk.bookshop.org affiliate store. The selection includes Gorky Park and the rest of Martin Cruz Smith's Arkady Renko novels.
    There's also our www.rusandsov.com affiliate store where you can get t-shirts, wall posters, coffee mugs, and more with a Russian and or Soviet theme. If you use the promo code RUSSOPHILESUNITE at check out, you'll get 10% off, and they ship locally in the US, the EU, and Australia.
    If you enjoyed this episode, please follow and rate us on Podchaser: www.podchaser.com/russophilesunitemoviepodcast
    The show's intro music is Cold by Sasha Ilyukevich and the Highly Skilled Migrants.
    You can find more of their music at: https://thehighlyskilledmigrants.bandcamp.com/ or on Spotify.
    If you'd like to get in touch and tell us what you thought of the film and/or the podcast episode, it would be great to hear from you! Here are some ways you can do that:
    Twitter: @RussophilesU
    Email: russophilesunite@gmail.com
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/russophilesunite
    Instagram: www.instagram.com/russophiles_unite/
    Letterboxd: https://letterboxd.com/Ally_
    Find Ally's other podcast appearances at: https://www.podchaser.com/creators/alistair-pitts-107ZzmUqmI

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Khraniteli (Soviet TV version of The Lord of the Rings)

    Khraniteli (Soviet TV version of The Lord of the Rings)

    Against their better judgement, Ally & Carrie Pitts decided to watch this extremely low-budget adaptation of JRR Tolkien's classic fantasy. Here are a few of their thoughts.
    If you'd like to get in touch, it would be great to hear from you! Here are some ways you can do that:
    Twitter: @RussophilesU
    Email: russophilesunite@gmail.com
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/russophilesunite
    Instagram: www.instagram.com/russophiles_unite/
    Letterboxd: https://letterboxd.com/Ally_
    Find Ally's other podcast appearances at: https://www.podchaser.com/creators/alistair-pitts-107ZzmUqmI

    • 17 min
    Interview with Alex Christofi, author of Dostoevsky in Love

    Interview with Alex Christofi, author of Dostoevsky in Love

    Author and publisher Alex Christofi joins Ally Pitts to discuss the tumultuous life of Fyodor Dostoevsky, who is the subject of his fascinating new biography, Dostoevsky in Love, published by Bloomsbury Continuum.Listeners in the UK can pick up a copy of Dostoevsky in Love via our uk.bookshop.org affiliate link. 10% of the sale will go towards covering the costs of running the show and you'll also be helping out independent bookshops! Visit our uk.bookshop.org affiliate store here to see the rest of our Russia-themed book selection. As you might expect, there is a section on Classics of Russian Literature.If you'd like to get in touch, it would be great to hear from you! Here are some ways you can do that:
    Twitter: @RussophilesU
    Email: russophilesunite@gmail.com
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/russophilesunite
    Instagram: www.instagram.com/russophiles_unite/
    Letterboxd: https://letterboxd.com/Ally_
    Find Ally's other podcast appearances at: https://www.podchaser.com/creators/alistair-pitts-107ZzmUqmI

    • 36 min
    I am Twenty (Marlen Khutsiev; 1965)

    I am Twenty (Marlen Khutsiev; 1965)

    Nadja Bee, film critic and co-founder of KinoSelect, joins Ally Pitts to discuss a sprawling drama from the 1960s in which a group of friends navigate the trials, tribulations, and joys of young adulthood. Oh, and a youthful Andrei Tarkovsky shows up briefly as a jerk at a party.
    CONTENT WARNING: The film's plot includes the death of a parent.SPOILERS from about 22 minutes in until the end.
    Support the show/fund Ally's caffeine habit at: ko-fi.com/russophilesunite
    Listeners in the UK can help the show by picking up a book from our uk.bookshop.org affiliate store.
    There's also our www.rusandsov.com affiliate store where you can get t-shirts, wall posters, coffee mugs, and more with a Russian and or Soviet theme. If you use the promo code RUSSOPHILESUNITE at check out, you'll get 10% off, and they ship locally in the US, the EU, and Australia.
    If you enjoyed this episode, please follow and rate us on Podchaser: www.podchaser.com/russophilesunitemoviepodcast
    The show's intro music is Cold by Sasha Ilyukevich and the Highly Skilled Migrants.
    You can find more of their music at: https://thehighlyskilledmigrants.bandcamp.com/ or on Spotify.
    If you'd like to get in touch and tell us what you thought of the film and/or the podcast episode, it would be great to hear from you! Here are some ways you can do that:
    Twitter: @RussophilesU
    Email: russophilesunite@gmail.com
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/russophilesunite
    Instagram: www.instagram.com/russophiles_unite/
    Letterboxd: https://letterboxd.com/Ally_
    Find Ally's other podcast appearances at: https://www.podchaser.com/creators/alistair-pitts-107ZzmUqmI

    • 1 hr 26 min
    A Russian Youth (Alexander Zolotukhin; 2019)

    A Russian Youth (Alexander Zolotukhin; 2019)

    Lyn Seren, host of Gentlemen Don't Get Caught: An R.E.M. Podcast, joins Ally Pitts to discuss this depiction of an adolescent conscript's experience of the First World War, which features an unusual (and perhaps not wholly successful) artistic twist.
    SPOILERS from about 8 minutes in until the end.
    CONTENT WARNING: the film discussed contains violence and nudity.
    Support the show/fund Ally's caffeine habit at: ko-fi.com/russophilesunite
    Listeners in the UK can help the show by picking up a book from our uk.bookshop.org affiliate store.
    There's also our www.rusandsov.com affiliate store where you can get t-shirts, wall posters, coffee mugs, and more with a Russian and or Soviet theme. If you use the promo code RUSSOPHILESUNITE at check out, you'll get 10% off, and they ship locally in the US, the EU, and Australia.
    If you enjoyed this episode, please follow and rate us on Podchaser: www.podchaser.com/russophilesunitemoviepodcast
    The show's intro music is Cold by Sasha Ilyukevich and the Highly Skilled Migrants.
    You can find more of their music at: https://thehighlyskilledmigrants.bandcamp.com/ or on Spotify.
    If you'd like to get in touch and tell us what you thought of the film and/or the podcast episode, it would be great to hear from you! Here are some ways you can do that:
    Twitter: @RussophilesU
    Email: russophilesunite@gmail.com
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/russophilesunite
    Instagram: www.instagram.com/russophiles_unite/
    Letterboxd: https://letterboxd.com/Ally_
    Find Ally's other podcast appearances at: https://www.podchaser.com/creators/alistair-pitts-107ZzmUqmI

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Beanpole (Kantemir Balagov; 2019)

    Beanpole (Kantemir Balagov; 2019)

    Lyn Seren, host of Gentlemen Don't Get Caught: An R.E.M. Podcast, joins Ally Pitts to discuss this dark exploration of a relationship between two young women living in Leningrad in the aftermath of World War II.SPOILERS from about 20 minutes in until the end.CONTENT WARNING: the film discussed contains many upsetting scenes, including some containing sexual violence.
    Support the show/fund Ally's caffeine habit at: ko-fi.com/russophilesunite
    Listeners in the UK can help the show by picking up a book from our uk.bookshop.org affiliate store.
    There's also www.rusandsov.com, where you can get t-shirts, wall posters, coffee mugs, and more with a Russian and or Soviet theme. If you use the promo code RUSSOPHILESUNITE at check out, you'll get 10% off, and they ship locally in the US, the EU, and Australia.
    If you enjoyed this episode, please follow and rate us on Podchaser: www.podchaser.com/russophilesunitemoviepodcast
    The show's intro music is Cold by Sasha Ilyukevich and the Highly Skilled Migrants.
    You can find more of their music at: https://thehighlyskilledmigrants.bandcamp.com/ or on Spotify.
    If you'd like to get in touch and tell us what you thought of the film and/or the podcast episode, it would be great to hear from you! Here are some ways you can do that:
    Twitter: @RussophilesU
    Email: russophilesunite@gmail.com
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/russophilesunite
    Instagram: www.instagram.com/russophiles_unite/
    Letterboxd: https://letterboxd.com/Ally_
    Find Ally's other podcast appearances at: https://www.podchaser.com/creators/alistair-pitts-107ZzmUqmI

    • 1 hr 20 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

In Pax Christi ,

What fun!

What a fun and enjoyable podcast. The topic is quite fascinating but the Russian culture can be intimidating, yet this podcast helps the listener to break through the mysticism of Russian culture. Over all I quite enjoyed this podcast. Solid recommend.

Richard Wess ,

Great podcast covering great films!

I’ve been listening to this podcast for almost a year now. It’s exactly what I was looking for - entertaining, thoughtful discussion about Russian and Soviet cinema (as well as films about Russia).

Ally, the host, is infectiously passionate about Russian-related movies! He’s always got something interesting to say, whether it’s sharing the history of the film or explaining its relevance to a Western audience. He consistently brings on similarly passionate podcast guests, and they all bring something different to the show.

I’ve had a lot of fun listening in to these lively discussions and look forward to what Russophiles Unite! Has coming up next!

The medievalist ,

Fun, Funny, and Knowledgable!

This podcast is always a delight to listen to. Ally and his guests have thoughtful, interesting opinions on the films they cover, and I always learn something unexpected about Russian culture and/or history. This podcast has also introduced me to a number of films that I might not have been aware of or thought to watch - but that turned out to be fantastic! Looking forward to many more episodes.

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