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1920s Russian-language Movies

Public list by WPS with 74 movies or TV shows/series

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Arsenal(1929)

1h 27min | Drama, War
3.5/5 (with 19 votes)

A soldier returns to Kyiv after surviving a train crash and encounters clashes between nationalists and collectivists.

Aelita: Queen of Mars(1924)

3.1/5 (with 27 votes)

A young man travels to Mars in a rocket ship, where he leads a popular uprising against the ruling group with the support of Queen Aelita, who has fallen in love with him after watching him through a telescope.

Mother(1926)

1h 29min | Drama
3.7/5 (with 29 votes)

A story about a Russian family torn apart by a worker's strike. At first, the mother wants to protect her family from the troublemakers, but eventually she realizes that her son is right and the workers should strike.

Chess Fever(1925)

28min | Comedy
3.3/5 (with 18 votes)

With an international chess tournament in progress, a young man becomes completely obsessed with the game. His fiancée has no interest in it, and becomes frustrated and depressed by his neglect of her, but wherever she goes she finds that she cannot escape chess. On the brink of giving up, she meets the world champion, Capablanca himself, with interesting results.

Storm Over Asia(1928)

2h 7min | Drama, War, History
3.4/5 (with 24 votes)

In 1918 a young and simple Mongol herdsman and trapper is cheated out of a valuable fox fur by a European capitalist fur trader. Ostracized from the trading post, he escapes to the hills after brawling with the trader who cheated him. In 1920 he becomes a Soviet partisan, and helps the partisans fight for the Soviets against the occupying British army. However he is captured by the British when they try to requisition cattle from the herdsmen at the same time as the commandant meets with a reincarnated Grand Lama. After the trapper is shot, the army discovers an amulet that suggests he is a direct descendant of Genghis Khan. They find him still alive, so the army restores his health and plans to use him as the head of a puppet regime. The trapper is thus thrust into prominence as he is placed in charge of the puppet government. By the end, however, the "puppet" turns against his masters in an outburst of fury.

The End of St. Petersburg(1927)

1h 20min | Drama
3.6/5 (with 12 votes)

A peasant in rural Russia comes to St. Petersburg to escape absolute poverty and find work at the outbreak of the First World War. He comes to stay with his friend, a Bolshevik worker who has organized a strike at his factory. The peasant betrays his friend to the factory's greedy management, leading to the arrest of the striker. Feeling remorseful at his actions, the peasant attempts to plead for his friend’s freedom, but the situation escalates and he is imprisoned without trial and sent to fight in the war. After returning from the front, the peasant joins the revolutionary fight along with the Bolshevik worker.

The Girl with the Hat Box(1927)

3.4/5 (with 11 votes)

Young and beautiful girl, lives near Moscow, earning a making hats for the fashion store in Moscow. Due to the requirements of the Soviet government on standards of living space, the store owner has to prescribe it fictitiously in his apartment. But on the train she meets a young boy, and the housing problem changes their lives.

The New Babylon(1929)

3.2/5 (with 7 votes)

In the short-lived Commune of Paris, a conscripted soldier falls in love with a Communard saleswoman. As the army cracks down on the revolutionaries, the soldier is forced to fight against the Commune, and the pair's love is put to the test.

The Overcoat(1926)

1h 3min | Drama
2.9/5 (with 8 votes)

Soviet film based on Nikolai Gogol stories "Nevsky Prospekt" and "The Overcoat".

A Sixth Part of the World(1926)

1h 5min | Documentary
3.8/5 (with 10 votes)

Through the travelogue format, it depicts the multitude of Soviet peoples in remote areas of USSR and details the entirety of the wealth of the Soviet land. Focusing on cultural and economic diversity, the film is in fact a call for unification in order to build a "complete socialist society".

Directed by Dziga Vertov

By the Law(1926)

3.6/5 (with 14 votes)

A five-person team of gold prospectors in the Yukon has just begun to enjoy great success when one of the members snaps, and suddenly kills two of the others. The two survivors, a husband and wife, subdue the killer but are then faced with an agonizing dilemma. With no chance of turning him over to the authorities for many weeks, they must decide whether to exact justice themselves or to risk trying to keep him restrained until they can return to civilization.

Miss Mend(1926)

4h 10min | Crime, Adventure, Comedy
3.2/5 (with 5 votes)

Three reporters and an office girl are trying to stop a bacteriological strike by some powerful western business leaders against the USSR.

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The House on Trubnaya(1928)

1h 25min | Comedy
3.4/5 (with 8 votes)

Life is short and full of oppression, but that doesn't mean Parasha can't find love and laughter when she leaves her country home to take a job as a maid in the overcrowded, overworked, and underpaid world in the big city.

Directed by Boris Barnet - With Vera Maretskaya, Sergei Komarov, Vladimir Batalov, Vladimir Fogel

Red Devils(1923)

2h 10min | Adventure, Drama, Action
2.7/5 (with 3 votes)

Adventures of three Red Army soldiers. Misha, Duniasha and Tom Jackson, an afro-American boy, are fighting against enemies.

Directed by Ivan Perestiani - With Sofiya Jozeffi, Vladimir Sutyrin

P.K.P.(1926)

1h 7min | Drama, History
2.8/5 (with 4 votes)

The defeated remnants of vile Ukrainian nationalists, headed by the leader of the Ukrainian liberation movement, Symon Petliura, cannot accept their historical fate and are plotting an insurrection against the Soviet regime in Ukraine. There is nothing Petliura and his cohorts would not do to win back control over Ukraine, including selling it to the highest bidder, in this case, the Polish dictator Jozef Pilsudski. A group of plotters are coordinating an insurrection in Kyiv with an attack from Poland headed by Petliura’s general Yurko Tiutiunnyk. Predictably, the invincible Red Army defeats the nationalist plotters and proves that the Soviet borders are impregnable.

Directed by Georgi Stabovoi - With Matvey Lyarov, Yuriy Tyutyunnyk, Natalia Uzhviy, Sergey Kalinin

Two-Buldi-Two(1929)

55min | Drama
3.5/5 (with 1 vote)

Naturally, the circus milieu of 2 Buldy 2 (1929) encourages stunts. A father and son, both clowns, are to perform together for the first time, but the civil war separates them, and the elder Buldy, tempted for a moment to acquiesce to the White forces, casts his lot with the revolution. At the climax Buldy Jr. escapes the Whites thanks to flashy trampoline and trapeze acrobatics; the gaping enemy soldiers forget to shoot.

Jewish Luck(1925)

3.0/5 (with 4 votes)

The story of a Jewish entrepreneur ins Tsarist Russia always look for a get rich quick scheme.

Fragment of an Empire(1929)

1h 36min | Drama
3.1/5 (with 8 votes)

Director Frederick Ermler’s last silent feature and the last of four collaborations with actor Fiodor Nikitin. Nikitin plays an officer who spends a decade after the Great War as a shell-shocked amnesiac, until a glimpse of a woman through a train window sparks the return of his memory. He makes his way back to St. Petersburg, now Leningrad, a man out of time who struggles to make sense of the new society brought about by the revolution.

Bennie the Howl(1926)

1h 21min | Drama
2.9/5 (with 2 votes)

The seamy Jewish underworld of Odesa is the setting for Isaac Babel's story based on the life of gangster king Mishka Yaponchik "Mike the Jap" Vinnitsky. Murder is a way of life for Benya and his gang until he finds himself ensnared in a Bolshevik trap.

Directed by Vladimir Vilner

The Steel Road(1929)

1h 17min | Documentary
3.2/5 (with 8 votes)

Bold and exhilarating documentary account of the building of the Turkestan-Siberian railway, presented as a heroic triumph of Soviet progress over natural adversity.

Directed by Victor A. Turin

The Peasant Women of Ryazan(1927)

1h 28min | Drama
3.4/5 (with 9 votes)

The picture compares the fate of two heroines Anna and her lively and energetic sister-in-law Vasilisa, who openly defies the old way of life.

Directed by Olga Preobrazhenskaya, Ivan Pravov - With Emma Tsesarskaya, Yelena Maksimova, Raisa Puzhnaya, Kuzma Yastrebetsky, Georgy Bobynin

The Poet and the King(1927)

1h 35min | Drama
2.9/5 (with 2 votes)

Tsar Nicholas I is enamoured by Natalia, the wife of Alexander Pushkin. To cover his tracks, the tsar encourages the suit of Georges d'Anthès, a French officer, with the help of Count Alexander von Benckendorff. Pushkin hears rumours of D’Anthès’s love for his wife and challenges him to a duel. The officer attempts to save his life by marrying Natalia’s sister Ekaterina. Returning from his country estate, Pushkin receives anonymous letters and insists on a duel with D’Anthès.

Locksmith and Chancellor(1923)

54min | Drama

The Government of the fictional country Norland has unleashed a war with the neighboring Galikania and is suffering one defeat after another. A group of conspirators who were dissatisfied with this state of affairs, led by the Social Democrat Frank Frey arrange a coup to overthrew the emperor of Norland. But the working class does not like the new order either. Workers expose Frank Frey's policy of continuing the war and a revolution breaks out in the country. The leader of the socialist revolution becomes a mechanic of the name Franz Stark.

Directed by Vladimir Gardin - With Ivan Khudoleyev

Moscow in October(1927)

1h 10min

October reflects a general attempt in Russia to sustain the frenzy and dynamism of revolutionary fervour. This attempt increased in scale and ambition as they pushed it further, resulting in the theatricalisation of life. In other words, the boundaries between real events and fabricated drama became blurred as the portrayal of life became more exaggerated. It is important to remember that the film does not represent what actually happened during the 1917 Revolution, but is rather an adaptation.

Directed by Boris Barnet - With Ivan Bobrov, Anna Sten, Nikolai Romanov, Boris Barnet, Vasily Nikandrov

The Post(1929)

15min
3.0/5 (with 3 votes)

A boy is sitting at a table, writing a letter for Boris Prutkov. The cartoon follows the journey of this letter from Rostov to Leningrad, where its addressee Prutkov has just left for Berlin; when the letter arrives in Berlin, Prutkov has just departed for London; as the letter arrives in London, Prutkov is already on a steamboat to Brazil; and once the letters is delivered by the postman Don Basilio, Prutkov is already on his way back to Leningrad – where the letter, having followed Prutkov around the world, finally reaches him. The film sings a song of praise to the global postal services and to the reliability of the postmen, but it also tells the story of a journey around the world, returning once more to the new Soviet capital: Leningrad.

Directed by Mikhail Tsekhanovsky

The Club of the Big Deed(1927)

1h 16min
2.9/5 (with 4 votes)

The film tells about the Decembrists’ revolt in the south of Russia. Right before the Decembrist Revolt 1825 a chevalier of fortune decides that it's time for a game. But on whom to make a bet? He asks the cards. But he's not the only one who makes the choice.

Lace(1928)

1h 15min | Drama
3.0/5 (with 4 votes)

Since director Sergei Yutkevich was a longtime lover of American slapstick, his first films were imbued with a playfulness and cheeriness not typical of Russian cinema. And Kruzheva is a good example of that as he illustrates the friendly rivalries between the youths on village in both a very rough and clowning way.

Directed by Sergei Yutkevich

Love's Berries(1926)

27min | Comedy
2.8/5 (with 3 votes)

Dovzhenko's debut film, it deals with a dandified barber's attempts to get rid of his "love berry" - his illegitimate offspring. Although a farce, its permissive sexuality can still be considered to be risque.

Directed by Oleksandr Dovzhenko - With Marian Krushelnytskyi, Margarita Barskaya

The Forty-First(1927)

1h 6min | War
3.1/5 (with 4 votes)

A young woman sharpshooter fighting with the Reds in Turkestan misses her forty-first victim, a handsome White lieutenant, and ends up escorting him, by boat, into captivity across the Aral Sea. A storm strands the two on an island.

The White Eagle(1928)

1h 7min | Drama, History
3.0/5 (with 3 votes)

The film is based on The Governor, a play by Leonid Andreyev. V.I. Kachalov plays the governor of a small Russian province who tries to treat the people under his authority with kindness and equanimity. But when a local factory goes on strike, the governor buckles under to pressure from the Tzar and orders the wholesale slaughter of the strikers. He pays for this betrayal of his trust with his life -- at the hands of a courageous Bolshevik spy.

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