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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

    • Film Reviews
    • 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).

    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
    Interview with Kino Klassika season manager Olga Doletskaya

    Interview with Kino Klassika season manager Olga Doletskaya

    Kino Klassika is a UK non-profit organisation that highlights films from Russia, the Caucasus, and Central Asia. Shortly before the launch of Klassiki, Kino Klassika's new streaming service, Ally Pitts spoke to season manager Olga Doletskaya.
    Find out more about Kino Klassika: https://www.kinoklassikafoundation.org/Find out more about Klassiki: https://klassiki.online/
    If you enjoyed this episode, please follow and rate us on Podchaser: www.podchaser.com/russophilesunitemoviepodcast
    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

    • 42 min
    War and Peace (Sergei Bondarchuk; 1966)

    War and Peace (Sergei Bondarchuk; 1966)

    Lyn Seren, host of Gentlemen Don't Get Caught: An R.E.M. Podcast joins Ally Pitts to discuss this suitably epic adaptation of Lev Tolstoy's famous masterpiece.
    Support the show/fund Ally's caffeine habit at: ko-fi.com/russophilesunite
    Listeners in the UK can buy War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy and Bondarchuk's War and Peace': Literary Classic to Soviet Cinematic Epic by Professor Denise J. Youngblood via our uk.bookshop.org affiliate links. 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 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 15 min
    Morozko [AKA Frosty AKA Father Frost AKA Jack Frost...] (Alexander Rou; 1964)

    Morozko [AKA Frosty AKA Father Frost AKA Jack Frost...] (Alexander Rou; 1964)

    Carrie Pitts, Russian language & literature graduate, joins Ally Pitts to discuss this festive fairy tale adventure featuring winter wizard Ded Moroz and notorious witch Baba Yaga.
    Listeners in the UK can buy Why the Bear Has No Tail: And other Russian Folk Tales, translated by Netta Peacock and The Story of Synko-Filipko and other Russian Folk Tales, (both Fontanka Press), translated by Dr Louise Hardiman via our affiliate links here and here. 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.
    If you enjoyed this episode, please follow and rate us on Podchaser: www.podchaser.com/russophilesunitemoviepodcast
    Support the show/fund Ally's caffeine habit at: ko-fi.com/russophilesunite
    Morozko is available for free and with English subtitles at russianfilmhub.com.
    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

    • 44 min
    Anastasia: Once Upon a Time (Blake Harris; 2020)

    Anastasia: Once Upon a Time (Blake Harris; 2020)

    Samantha Berkhead, Moscow Times editor and bad movie enthusiast, joins Ally Pitts to discuss this extremely ill-judged pre-teen fish-out-of-water/time-travel comedy which features the doomed Romanov princess as its main character. Listeners in the UK can support the show by picking up a book via our online affiliate bookshop. 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!
    If you enjoyed this episode, please follow and rate us on Podchaser: www.podchaser.com/russophilesunitemoviepodcast
    Support the show/fund Ally's caffeine habit at: ko-fi.com/russophilesunite
    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
    Leto (Kirill Serebrennikov; 2018)

    Leto (Kirill Serebrennikov; 2018)

    Caroline Ridler, academic and musician, joins Ally Pitts to discuss this musical/drama/biopic which follows the growth of the Leningrad rock scene in the early 1980s, with a particular focus on one of its most famous members, Kino frontman Viktor Tsoi.
    Listeners in the UK can buy Everything Was Forever, Until It Was No More by Alexei Yurchak from Princeton University Press 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!Expect SPOILERS from about 32 minutes in until the end.
    Leto stars Teo Yoo, Roman Bilyk, and Irina Starshenbaum.
    If you enjoyed this episode, please follow and rate us on Podchaser: www.podchaser.com/russophilesunitemoviepodcastSupport the show/fund Ally's caffeine habit at: ko-fi.com/russophilesunite
    Check out Caroline's bass covers of Kino songs over at her YouTube channel.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 38 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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