MOSCOW CLUB & LAB OF NON-PROFESSIONAL FILM MAKERS

 

CINEMA PLUS FILM ARCHIVE

 

 

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LIVING WATER

Studio: Society of Leningrad Amateur Film Makers
 Release year: 1968
Filmed by: G. Kravtsov, P. Mostovoy
Printed film format: 35mm

Poetic scenes of the White Nights in Petersburg. We see the city, its people, bridges, architecture. The film may be of particular interest to amateur film makers, since almost of it is based on masterful usage of backlighting. Twilight effects are also used in the film in an interesting way.

PAGES OF LIFE AMIDST ICE

Studio location: Irkutsk
Release year: 1965
Script by: Andrey Lavrov
Printed film format: 35 mm

 

Glimpses of life led by a team of researchers in the very center of the Baikal. Their camp is built straight on the ice. The scientists take subglacial measurements in various parts of the deepest fresh-water lake in the world. They cover by foot tens of kilometers in heavy snowfalls and strong winds.

YOUR COEVAL Film Magazine “Western Siberia”

Studio: Chita Youth Film Studio
Release year: 1961
Filmed by: I. Ivankin
Printed film format: 35mm

The film is dedicated to the XXII Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. A farmer wrote a letter to Nikita Khruchshev, the Chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. The farmer promised to get a record harvest of corn in the Chita region of Siberia. The farmer keeps his high spirits despite all the difficulties of harsh climate and poor soil in the hills. He and his fellows spend the summer working as hard as they only can and get the record harvest. “I am not a magician”, - he modestly tells members of the Young Communist League, the Komsomol, who came to learn from him about the achieved high crop capacity.

DAWN OVER GRAIN FIELDS

 

Studio location : Tula
Filmed by: P.Salnikov, V. Zhukov
Printed film format: 35 mm

A story about Raspopov, head of a model collective farm, kolkhoz. The farmers of this kolkhoz, one of the best in Tula region, grow wheat and sunflower. “Millions of people live without gold and diamonds, and no one can live without you”, these are the words Raspopov addresses to bread. The farmers of the kolkhoz spend their free time singing songs, reading, watching films or playing the State Lottery. The collective farm gets the best agricultural machines – harvesters and sowers. But the main goal of the head of this kolkhoz is to raise general culture of his
farmers, who are the pride of the whole country.

DNEPRODZERZHINSK FILM CHRONICLE

 

Release year: 1970
Printed film format: 35 mm

This film is about the people living and working in Dneprodzerzhinsk, an industrial city in the Ukraine. Nearly all of them take part in a so-called Subbotnik, a day of volunteer work for common good. We see dedication and selflessness .of the workers of the local steel works. We also see the best steel-casting crew of the Soviet Union in action. On April 22nd, Lenin’s birthday, everyone comes to the monument in the center of the city, to pay respect tothe leader of the October revolution.

POLYTECHNIC # 6

 

Studio: Film Studio of Urals Polytechnic Institute (Sverdlovsk)

Filmed by: K. Klopotov, V.Stamikov, A. Fyodorov, I. Kholodov, V. Yaroshenko

Printed film format: 35 mm

 

 

A film magazine made by students of various polytechnic institutes of the country.

Episode 1. Chair of Wine-Making, Krasnodar Polytechnic Institute Abrau-Durso.

Episode 2. Leningrad students contribute to science and industry.

Episode 3. Beata Tyszkiewicz (Polish People’s Republic) in “Box-Film” (Sverdlovsk).

Episode 4. New Construction Institute (Kaunas, Lithuania).

Episode 5. Travelling on water by wheels.

Episode 6. Institute in the taiga forest (Angarsk).

Episode 7. Box championship.

Episode 8. First Summer Institute (Kaunas, Lithuania)

 

IN ULKAN

 

Filmed and directed by: A. Korzun, M. Khardin

Release year:  1976

Printed film format:  16 мм

 

 

Ulkan is a big village in Kazachinsk-Lensk area of Irkutsk region. A photographer was sent over there to cover everyday life of ordinary people living in Siberia. Wooden houses, horse-drawn carts, tree felling. At leisure the villagers play hockey or wrestle. Necessary goods are delivered to the village by helicopters, while the villagers make themselves their garments and shoes.

 

CHALLENGING ROADS OF BAM

 

Studio:                 BTS-TONNEL

Release year:     1977

Printed film format:        16 мм

 

A documentary about the construction of one of the longest railroads in the world – Baikal-Amur Mainline Railroad. A 16-mm camera was taken along a cargo delivery trip by one of the members of the delivery crew. We witness quiet heroism of these people from various republics of the USSR as they pull the trucks almost manually from deep snow, when they cross frozen rivers, take down trees in the taiga forests. The construction went on in winter at -50 C and in summer during exhausting heat. Baikal-Amur Mainline Railroad is still called a heroic deed of all the Soviet people.

 

OLD TRAM MELODY

 

Director:             Vladimir Medvedev

Studio:                 Film Studio of the Cultural Center of Leningrad Vocational Training Schools

Release year:     1974

Printed film format:        16 мм

 

A documentary about a hard destiny of Leningrad trams during the Great Patriotic War. Unique wartime chronicles kept in the State Archive of Cinematographic and Photographic Documents of the USSR are used in the film. In the second part of the film you can see shooting made in 1974 with old models of tram-cars and buses. The musical score of the documentary is very good.

(Summary from  video.yandex.ru)

BULLDOZER (SATIRICAL FILM MAGAZINE OF PEOPLE’S QUALITY WATCH, ISSUE 2)

 

Studio:            CHAKVAGESSTROY

Release year:        1968

Editor-in-chief:        A.G. Brillo

Cameraman:        A. Anpilov

Assistant cameramen:    N. Tretyakov, A. Kovalenko

Printed film format:    35mm

 

A series of satirical stories about construction of Chavak water power station (Uzbekistan). The boiler plant of the water power station is out of order, an accident occurred because of a foreman’s mistake, the accident resulted in delays with the water power station construction etc.

MY STROLL ALONG MOSCOW

 

Studio:            ZIL-FILM

Release year:        1962

Filmed by:        M. Larin

Printed film format    35mm

 

A lyrical story about Moscow of 1962. This film is truly unique as it shows Moscow of that year and may be used as a chronicle of that time. It may also be used for teaching in cinematography.

EVENING OF A WEEKDAY

 

Studio:                 MIIT FILM

Release year:      1964

Script by:             Alexander Epstein

Director:              Alexander Epstein

Cameraman:       Evgeny Shapiro

Assistants:          Valery Shuranov, Valery Shaitanov

Studio Leaders (Producers): S. Laufer, O. Malinin

 

It is evening. We see buses, cars, trains and subway cars go by. The working day is over. The background sounds are usual city noises mixed with ordinary conversations in the public transport. Not everyone, though, goes back home when the usual working hours are over. The Soviet people at the railway are still at work. An operator at the controlling center of a commuter trains hub sees that there is a sudden drop of electricity in the system. The control relays go off. An engine-driver of a commuter train calls in to report on an accident – a contact wire is broken at a certain place. An emergency crew sets off immediately to repair it.  The passengers of the train, though,  do not have even the slightest clue that there has been an accident. The emergency crew quickly repairs the break and comes back to the hub. The traffic has not stopped for a second, and now all the trains can go safely..

AT WORK AND AT LEISURE

 

Studio:            Film Studio of the 1st Ball-Bearing Plant

Script by:        E. Bykovsky

Director/Cameraman:    S. Savenko

Film Unit Leader:    N. Moslyakov

 

The personnel of the 1st State Ball-Bearing Plant are going to their workplace. The Soviet people are cheerful and smiling. Their high spirits and enthusiasm are a big achievement of the local Communist Party Unit as the local Party leaders inspire everyone to work effectively and consciously. We can see operation of the plant. But the employees know also how to spend their free time well, not only how to work. When a week-end comes they take their families and go to the country, to the Klyazma River water storage basin. That is the place where the Soviet people recharge before a new working week starts: they bathe in the sun, play sports, go fishing and pick mushrooms in the forest… The plant also has a holiday center in Crimea. Vacations there are fully covered by the management of the plant, the employees do not have to pay for anything. This approach shows how well the Communist Party leaders take care of ordinary Soviet people.

SPORTS AND FASHION

(cartoons)

 

Genre:                  Animation

Studio:                 HPI MULTFILM

Release year:     1969

Art Directors:     A. Faustov, Yu. Brodsky

Animation and script:      G. Parkhomenko

 

An executioner cannot behead a boy because the boy trains regularly in a free wrestling club. A slogan appears telling us that regular work-outs may help us to withstand blows of misfortune.

A hunter fires point-blank at a bird. His hunting dog runs to bring the game. But the dog returns without any prey. A slogan appears telling us not to overindulge in food since it is bad for our figures.

A drowning man cries for help. A boy is watching him from a bridge. We can see the boy’s thoughts: “This will never happen to me because I am a first-grade swimmer”.

Another slogan: “If you want to be happy, go in for sports. If you do, you will be sexually attractive”.

We see boys who do not work our regularly and suffer hallucinations because of this. Next we see fat men who do not work out either.

Ruffians attack a girl and demand her possessions. She undresses in front of them. Struck by her beauty, the ruffians beg for mercy. A slogan urges women to join people’s militia patrols and to exercise regularly to be able to do this.

A biblical story is shown from a satirical point of view.  God expelled Adam and Eve from Paradise. A subtitle tells us that they were expelled because they did not have any will to resist a temptation. Sports, on the other side, help exactly to build up one’s will-power.

THE SUN AT “ZENITH”

 

Studio: GAMMA (film studio of the Institute of Cinematography and Photography)

Release year:    1976

Filmed by:    G. Vrenner, A. Rozhkov

Printed film format:    35 mm

 

“Zenith” is a pioneer camp, a holiday center for children, where more than 300 kids from Moscow stay for their summer holidays. They enjoy themselves, play sports and various games until one day the management of Zenith learn that a collective farm nearby faces a big problem. Its planting stock is in danger. The pioneers help the farmers to rescue the stock, and as they do this, they camp outside of the holiday center like grown-ups would. The kids highly enjoy this and effectively help the farmers. When the critical moment passes,   the pioneers resume their games and competitions.

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