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☭ Soviet (Bloc) Spring 🌷

This spring, I'm going to dive into the films of the Warsaw Pact nations — Albania, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary, Poland, Romania, and the USSR — made between the end of WWII and the collapse of the Soviet Union. (I planned this before that region of the world was dragged into war, but here we are.)

There are at least five films — typically many more — on the list from each member nation, and I've tried to mix very well known with the more obscure (including all of the movies about Native Americans starring Gojko Mitić, obviously). Please share any favorites you've got, particularly those directed by women, just be aware some biggies have been left off intentionally, for a variety of reasons.

  • Chingachgook: The Great Snake
  • Signals: A Space Adventure
  • Osceola
  • Blood Brothers
  • Severino
  • The Scout
  • Merry-Go-Round
  • Sweet Anna
  • Professor Hannibal
  • A Sunday Romance
  • The Girl
  • The Witness
  • The Confrontation
  • Binding Sentiments
  • The Fifth Seal
  • Red Psalm
  • Adoption
  • Electra, My Love
  • Camera Buff
  • The Scar
  • Rancho Texas
  • Legacy of the Incas
  • The Judge
  • Trail of the Falcon
  • White Wolves
  • Fatal Error
  • Tecumseh
  • Blue Bird
  • The Wind Is Whistling Under Their Feet
  • Armed and Very Dangerous
  • Nobody Wanted to Die
  • At Home Among Strangers, a Stranger Among His Own
  • The Bodyguard
  • Red Bells Part I: Mexico on Fire
  • The Big Space Travel
  • It Happened in Penkovo
  • The Red Snowball Tree
  • The Elusive Revengers
  • The Fall of Berlin
  • The Ascent
  • We Were Young
  • The Last Word
  • The Swimming Pool
  • The Great Night Swim
  • The Irony of Fate, or Enjoy Your Bath!
  • The Central Warmth
  • Don’t Cry, Pretty Girls!
  • The Devil
  • Mirror
  • The Secret of Steel City
  • Marketa Lazarová
  • Marriage in the Shadows
  • Chemie und Liebe
  • The Bridge
  • Rotation
  • Three Wishes for Cinderella
  • The Legend of Paul and Paula
  • The Girl on the Broomstick
  • Eolomea
  • Stars
  • Born in '45
  • The Gleiwitz Case
  • There Once Was a Singing Blackbird
  • April
  • Brief Encounters
  • Falling Leaves
  • Seventeen Moments of Spring
  • The Long Farewell
  • Look at These Young People!
  • The Goat Horn
  • White Mountains
  • The Land of Our Fathers
  • Gold Dreams
  • The Lynx
  • Somewhere in Berlin
  • Ballad of a Soldier
  • Nine Days of One Year
  • Ivan's Childhood
  • Ewa Wants to Sleep
  • Case for a Rookie Hangman
  • The Story of Sin
  • Chronicle of Amorous Accidents
  • The Constant Factor
  • The Gorgon Case
  • Who's Afraid of the Bogeyman
  • Tudzhi
  • The Fabulous Baron Munchausen
  • The Stolen Airship
  • Das verurteilte Dorf
  • Agnus Dei
  • The Saragossa Manuscript
  • Killing the Devil
  • Capricious Summer
  • Martyrs of Love
  • A Pact with the Devil
  • The Mine
  • Without Love
  • Debutante
  • The Girls of Nowolipki
  • Man of Marble