What does a man who was born in USSR, grew up in Russia and has been living in the USA for the last 5 years do? Probably misses his motherland and everything related to it: people, daily life, customs, festivities, humor, and cinema. Especially national cinema, for one film can easily recreate all the above mentioned things.

Soviet cinema is when there’s no such person who never heard about the adventures of Shurik and Operation ‘Y’, Soviet spy Stirlitz and Semyon Semyonych with his ‘diamond arm’. The following three are some of the extremely famous films you couldn’t miss out.

‘Heart of a Dog’ (1988)

Film Heart of a Dog

Genre: drama, fiction, 12+
Historical time: mid-1920s

A highly talented surgeon, professor Preobrazhensky carries out the first ever experiment on implantation of human pituitary gland and testicles in a dog. The result shows a truly astonishing effect - the dog transits to a human and turns from an ordinary street pooch named Sharik into some Mr. Sharikov. Although Sharikov quickly adjusts to the new form of life, finds a job, and even plans to get married, the fact remains unchanged - Sharikov is still a dog who, as it turns out later, has also inherited all the bad traits and manners from the owner of implanted organs, a diseased alcoholic Klim Chugunkin.

‘Heart of a Dog’ is a film adaptation of the 1925 eponymous novel by Mikhail Bulgakov.

‘Beware of the Car’ (1966)

Film Beware of the Car

Genre: lyrical comedy, 12+
Historical time: the 1950-60s

A humble insurance agent Yuri Detochkin has a quite unusual hobby: he regularly steals cars that belong to corrupted citizens and officials. Detochkin then sells the cars and anonymously transfers money to various orphanages.
A venture like this requires a great deal of courage, dedication and total fearlessness of the law. However, the character of Detochkin doesn’t fit the model of a brave adventurer: naturally shy, queerish, and childlike naive, our hero has a big warm heart instead and plays in amateur theater.

The director Eldar Ryazanov has mixed the genres of detective, comedy, and a make-believe story about so-called ‘Soviet Robin Hood’ into one of the most popular films of its time.

‘An Ordinary Miracle’ (1978)

Film An Ordinary Miracle

Genre: melodrama, parable, fairy tale, 12+
Historical time: fairy tale world

An old retired wizard has finally settled down and occasionally amuses his wife with fairy tales the characters of which come to life. Many years ago, he invented a ‘reverse story’: the wizard turned a bear into a handsome young man who could transform back into the beast after a princess gives him a kiss. One day, the young man returns to the wizard’s house and meets a beautiful girl there. They immediately fall in love with each other and, to the young man’s greatest despair, the girl turns out to be a princess. Unaware of the wizard’s spell, the princess tries to kiss her beloved man which makes him flee in horror.
The bear is seeking ways to save both his love and human appearance and only an ordinary miracle can help him out.

Soviet cinema is not about a fabulous budget for an ordinary subject, but the art for multiple generations ahead.  Almost all its heritage is now available in the Movie Library of national cinema by Russian TV Company.

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