Mosfilm

A film studio often described as the largest and oldest in Russia and in Europe

Entrance sign to Mosfilm Studios in Mosfilmovskaya Street
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Its output includes most of the more widely acclaimed Soviet-era films, ranging from works by Tarkovsky and Eisenstein (commonly considered the greatest Soviet directors), to Red Westerns, to the Akira Kurosawa co-production (Дерсу Узала / Dersu Uzala) and the epic Война и Мир / War and Peace.

History

The Moscow film production unit with studio facilities was established in November 1923 by the motion picture mogul Aleksandr Khanzhonkov («first film factory») and I. Ermolev («third film factory») as a unit of the Goskino works.

The first movie filmed by Mosfilm was On the Wings Skyward (directed by Boris Mikhin).

Entrance to Mosfilm Studios with a large clapperboard sign at left
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In 1927 the construction of a new film studio complex began on Mosfilmovskaya Street in Sparrow Hills of Moscow. This film studio was named after the Moscow amalgamated factory Soyuzkino the Tenth Anniversary of the October.

In 1934 the film studio was renamed to Moskinokombinat, and in 1936 – to Mosfilm. During the World War II the film studio personnel were evacuated to Alma-Ata (August 1941) and merged with other Soviet production units into the Central United Film Studio (TsOKS). The Mosfilm personnel returned to Moscow at the end of 1943.

Cascading pond at Mosfilm Studios
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The famous Mosfilm logo, representing the monument «Worker and Kolkhoz Woman» by Vera Mukhina and Spasskaya Tower of the Kremlin, was introduced in 1947 in the musical comedy, Spring directed by Grigori Aleksandrov and starring Lyubov Orlova and Nikolai Cherkasov.

Wooden props used as landscaping features in Mosfilm Park
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By the time the Soviet Union was no more, Mosfilm had produced more than 3,000 films. Many films classics were shot at Mosfilm throughout its history and some of these were granted international awards at various film festivals.

Entrance sign to Mosfilm Studios in Mosfilmovskaya Street
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After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Mosfilm continued operations as a quasi-private production company, led by film director Karen Shakhnazarov.

As of 2005, the company embraced ten independent studios, located within 13 sound stages occupying an area of 13,000 sq. meters. Tours through this «Russian Hollywood» become increasingly popular, as they allow to view Mosfilm's enormous depot with 170 tanks and 50 vintage cars.

The biggest sound stage is leased annually to hold the Golden Eagle Awards.

In 2011 Mosfilm released a selection of its classic films online for free viewing.

Useful Information

Mosfilm
Russian: Мосфильм
pronounced [məsˈfʲilʲm]

Contacts

Address: Moscow, Mosfilmovskaya str. 1         
Tel: +7 (499) 143-9100
Fax: +7 (495) 705-9300                   
E-mail: referent@mosfilm.ru 

Selected films

Directed by Sergei Eisenstein

  • The Battleship Potemkin (1925), a historical silent film
  • Alexander Nevsky (1938), a historical film
  • Ivan The Terrible, Part II (1946), a historical film

Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky

  • The Steamroller and the Violin (1960), a short film
  • Ivan's Childhood (1962), a feature film directed by Andrei Tarkovsky, the Golden Lion Award winner at the 1962 Venice Film Festival

Others

  • Jolly Fellows (1934), a musical comedy
  • Aerograd (1935), a science fiction film directed by Alexander Dovzhenko
  • Circus (1936), a musical comedy
  • Volga-Volga (1938), a musical comedy
  • Minin and Pozharsky (1939), a historical film directed by Vsevolod Pudovkin and Mikhail Doller
  • Ilya Muromets (1956), a fantasy film directed by Aleksandr Ptushko
  • The Cranes Are Flying (1957), a war drama directed by Mikhail Kalatozov, 1958 winner of Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival
  • Miles of Fire (1957), an ostern film directed by Samson Samsonov
  • Ballad of a Soldier (1959), a war film directed by Grigori Chukhrai, a 1959 special jury prize winner of Cannes Film Festival and 1961 Academy Award nominant.
  • 1962 Hussar Ballad directed by Eldar Ryazanov (comedy)
  • 1963 Walking the Streets of Moscow directed by Georgi Daneliya (comedy)
  • 1964 Welcome, or No Trespassing directed by Elem Klimov (comedy)
  • 1964 I Am Cuba directed by Mikhail Kalatozov (expressionism, propaganda)
  • 1965 Adventures of a Dentist directed by Elem Klimov (comedy)
  • 1966 Andrei Rublev directed by Andrei Tarkovsky (feature film)
  • 1966 Watch Out for the Automobile directed by Eldar Ryazanov (comedy)
  • 1966 Wings directed by Larisa Shepitko (drama)
  • 1966 The Elusive Avengers directed by Edmond Keosayan (Ostern)
  • 1967 Viy (Film adaptation, horror film)
  • 1968 War and Peace directed by Sergei Bondarchuk (historical), Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1968 winner.
  • 1968 The Diamond Arm directed by Leonid Gaidai (comedy)
  • 1969 Liberation directed by Yuri Ozerov (historical drama)
  • 1969 The Brothers Karamazov (historical), Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1969 nominant.
  • 1969 White Sun of the Desert directed by Vladimir Motyl (Ostern)
  • 1971 Tchaikovsky directed by Igor Talankin (historical), Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1971 nominee.
  • 1971 Stariki-razboyniki directed by Eldar Ryazanov (comedy)
  • 1972 Solaris directed by Andrei Tarkovsky (sci-fi)
  • 1972 Gentlemen of Fortune (comedy)
  • 1973 Ivan Vasilievich: Back to the Future directed by Leonid Gaidai (comedy)
  • 1974 At Home Among Strangers directed by Nikita Mikhalkov (ostern)
  • 1974 Unbelievable Adventures of Italians in Russia directed by Franco Prosperi and Eldar Ryazanov
  • 1975 Dersu Uzala (Soviet-Japanese joint production) directed by Akira Kurosawa (historical), Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1975 winner.
  • 1975 Siberiade directed by Andrei Konchalovsky (saga)
  • 1975 Afonya directed by Georgi Daneliya (comedy)
  • 1975 The Mirror directed by Andrei Tarkovsky (feature film)
  • 1975 The Irony of Fate directed by Eldar Ryazanov (comedy)
  • 1976 The Ascent directed by Larisa Shepitko (war film), the Golden Bear Award at the Berlin Film Festival in 1977 winner.
  • 1976 Queen of the Gypsies directed by Emil Loteanu (drama)
  • 1977 Mimino directed by Georgi Daneliya (comedy)
  • 1977 Office Romance directed by Eldar Ryazanov (comedy)
  • 1979 Stalker directed by Andrei Tarkovsky (feature film)
  • 1979 Moscow Does Not Believe In Tears (melodrama), Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1980 winner.
  • 1981 Private Life (drama) directed by Yuli Raizman, Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1981 nominant.
  • 1981 Teheran 43 (spy)
  • 1982 Lenin in Paris (historical)
  • 1983 Nostalghia directed by Andrei Tarkovsky (drama)
  • 1985 Come and See directed by Elem Klimov (war film; a co-production with Belarusfilm)
  • 1986 Kin-dza-dza! directed by Georgi Daneliya (science-fiction)
  • 1987 A Man from the Boulevard des Capucines (red western) directed by Alla Surikova
  • 1990 Lessons at the End of Spring (Уроки в конце весны), written and directed by Oleg Kavun (drama)
  • 2002 The Star (war film) directed by Nikolai Lebedev
  • 2007 The Irony of Fate 2
  • 2008 You and I
  • 2008 Исчезнувшая империя / The Vanished Empire
  • 2012 Кромовъ / Kromov
  • 2012 Белый Тигр / White Tiger
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