Cinema: "Soviet Film Classics Find New Life on YouTube" (Free)
The Moscow film company behind some of the greatest classics of Soviet cinema on Wednesday said it had agreed to make dozens of its best-known movies freely available on YouTube.
The agreement between Mosfilm and YouTube means that an initial batch of 50 films that still have legendary status in Russia but are little known outside will for the first time find a wide foreign audience.
The unabridged films have been posted with subtitles and Mosfilm said it will add five more films every week, meaning that by the end of the year a library of 200 films will be available in high definition. The movies posted so far include Ivan Vasilevich Changes Occupation, a 1973 comedy where a Soviet engineer accidentally sends feared Tsar Ivan the Terrible to modern Moscow with his homemade time machine.
Direct to Mosfilm on YouTube
Note: The YouTube page is in Russian. Hopefully a translated version(s) are coming soon.
See Also: The Mosfilm Web Site (In English)
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