They Fought For Their Country (1975)

Introduction They Fought for Their Country (Russian: Они сражались за Родину, romanised: Oni srazhalis’ za Rodinu) is a 1975 Soviet war film based on the eponymous novel written by Mikhail Sholokhov and directed by Sergei Bondarchuk. The film is the story of a Soviet platoon fighting a rearguard action during the German drive on Stalingrad.… Read More

At Home Among Strangers, A Stranger Among His Own (1974)

Introduction At Home Among Strangers, A Stranger Among His Own (or Friend to Foes, Foe to Friends) (Russian: Свой среди чужих, чужой среди своих; Svoy sredi chuzhikh, chuzhoy sredi svoikh) is a 1974 Soviet film starring Yuri Bogatyryov and Anatoly Solonitsyn and directed by Nikita Mikhalkov. Produced mainly in colour, some scenes are shot in… Read More

Afghan Breakdown (1991)

Introduction Afghan Breakdown (Russian: Афганский излом, translit. Afganskiy Izlom) is a 1991 war drama film about the Soviet-Afghan War directed by Vladimir Bortko and co-produced by Italy and the Soviet Union (Lenfilm). Michele Placido plays the protagonist, Major Bandura, a commander of a unit of Soviet paratroopers, co-starring with several popular Soviet actors. The movie… Read More

Leaving Afghanistan (2019)

Introduction Leaving Afghanistan (Russian: Братство, romanised: Bratstvo) is a Russian war film directed and written by Pavel Lungin. Outline Set between 1988 and 1989 in the closing stages of the Soviet-Afghan War, the plot, based upon a true story, centres around the men of the 108th Motor Rifle Division, whose withdrawal from Afghanistan is put… Read More