History in motion


2018-02-16 10:00 GMT+8

The art of movie making has evolved throughout time to a point where it has become the go-to medium for entertainment. It is interesting to know that the film industry of today started from black-and -white and stop motion pictures. The technical evolution of filmmaking has come a long way and, with CGI and IMAX cameras, the creative freedom of filmmakers feels as if it is infinite. Although it is amazing to see the new generation of movies with spectacular quality, it is nice to revisit to the classical era.

You will have a unique opportunity to see how movies were made in the old days and the evolution of the art

Mosfilm is one of the oldest and largest film studios in Europe. The Soviet film studio shot over 3000 movies in the Soviet era and has shot many more after the revolution. These films are today considered to be classics of both Russian cinema and cinema in general.

First established in 1923, the studio began as a merger between the first and third film factories of Moscow. It wasn’t until 1927 that the film studio complex would start construction. Today, the film studio produces almost all Russian films and TV shows. Mosfilm has the capacity to produce more than 100 films a year. The studio is constantly upgrading their facilities and equipment to meet the needs of the modern filmmaking while keeping the history of the film studio that is almost 100 years old.

The studio offers a tour in which you can experience the many years of Russian cinematography as well as the props and sets that were used. The set-pieces and costumes date back to early stages of Mosfilm movies such as ‘Life Without Love’ and ‘Poisoning the World History’. You will have a unique opportunity to see how movies were made in the old days and the evolution of the art. The museum in the complex will offer a closer look at every detail of movie making. Also, retro vehicles that were used for filmmaking are preserved and restored in driving condition. The Mosfilm complex experience will not leave you disappointed, especially if you are a movie fanatic. It is a great place to explore the past, present and future of film.

If you plan to take a Mosfilm tour or you are just interested in Russian/Soviet films, then here are some of the classic movies made by Mosfilm. These movies really differ from the Hollywood style which makes them entertaining and refreshing for all film buffs.

A Man with a Movie Camera (1929)

A Man with a Movie Camera has no dialogue, in fact, it doesn’t even have a protagonist or a plot. Rather, it documents the everyday life of Soviet citizens with unique camera techniques. The film follows the Soviets at work, even at a maternity house, telling how they go on with their daily life. It is a very avant-garde style film that one should watch. 

Operation Y and Shurik’s other adventures (1965)

This is the go to film when it comes to Russian comedy as it set the standards very high. Shurik is a nerdy student who always gets into situations that are very bizarre and watching how he gets out of it will make you laugh out loud. In this particular three-part series, Shurik gets into a bit of a fight with a person on a bus and the fighter is given community service at the very same construction site where Shurik works part time. The second part revolves around him falling in love with, and spending the day with, a girl while he is meant to be studying for an exam the next day. The third part would be Operation Y, three crooks were hired to break into a warehouse that Shurik just happened to cover for a night and how he defends the warehouse from the crooks is remarkable.

War and Peace (1966)

Sergei Bondachuk’s adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s ‘War and Peace’ was a film almost 7-hours long with 4 parts and also the most expensive Russian film ever produced, at an estimated 1 billion dollars (adjusted for inflation). The cast was huge, with thousands of extras plus the main characters. The movie holds the Guinness World Record for having 120,000 extras in a single fight scene. The film won both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film. This is a must-watch if you have 7 hours to spare.

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