Agony: The Life And Death Of Rasputin (1981)

ELEM KLIMOV Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  Original title:  Agoniya Alternate title:  Rasputin USSR, 1981.  Mosfilm.  Screenplay by Semyon Lungin, Ilya Nusinov.  Cinematography by Leonid Kalashnikov.  Music by Alfred Shnitke.  Production Design by Shavkat Abdusalamov, Sergey Voronkov.  Costume Design by Tatyana Vadetskaya.  Film Editing by Valeriya Belova.   Agony is what some audience members might be feeling should they be subjected to the…

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Stalker (1979)

ANDREI TARKOVSKY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USSR, 1979.  Mosfilm, Vtoroe Tvorcheskoe Obedinenie.  Screenplay by Arkadiy Strugatskiy, Boris Strugatskiy, based on their novel Piknik Na Obochine.  Cinematography by Aleksandr Kaydanovskiy, Georgi Rerberg.  Produced by Aleksandra Demidova.  Music by Eduard Artemev.  Production Design by Aleksandr Boym, Andrei Tarkovsky.  Costume Design by Nelli Fomina.  Film Editing by Lyudmila Feyginova. Not for the faint of heart, but…

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