Soviet cinema through the eyes of the correspondent of the magazine LIFE (27 photos)

Photographer Dmitri Kessel.




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Finally, some interesting statistics. Hit Parade of Soviet cinema looks like this (in brackets are not the dollars as is customary now, and millions of viewers in the first year of the show):

"Top ten" hit parade of Russian cinema 40th

1. The Young Guard (1948) Sergei Gerasimov. 42, 4 million.

2. The Fall of Berlin (1949) Michael Chiaureli. 38, 4 million.

3. Tale of the Siberian Land (1948) Ivan Pyreva. 33, 8 million.

4. Star (1949) Alexander Ivanov. 28, 9 million.
5. At six o'clock in the evening after the war (1944), Ivan Pyreva. 26, 1 million.
6. Meeting on the Elbe (1949) Grigory Alexandrov. 24, 2 million.
7. Rainbow (1944) Mark Donskoy. 23, 7 million.
8. Stone Flower (1946) Alexander Ptushko. 23, 1 million.
9. ARINC (1940) George Musician Hope Kosheverova. 22, 9 million.
10. Secret Agent (1947), Boris Barnet. 22, 3 million.

"Top ten" hit parade of Russian cinema 50

11. Quiet Flows the Don (1957) Sergei Gerasimov. 46, 9 million.
12. Love Spring (1953) Ian Freed. 46, 4 million.
13. Over the Tisza (1958) Dmitry Vasiliev. 45, 7 million.

14. Carnival Night (1956) Eldar Ryazanov. 45, 6 million.
15.Svadba dowry (1953) Tatyana Lukashevich, Boris Ravenskih 45, 3 million.
16. outpost in the mountains (1953) Konstantin Yudin. 44, 8 million.
17. Ivan Brovkin on the State Farm (1959) Ivan Lukinskogo. 44, 6 million.
18. Courageous men (1950) Konstantin Yudin. 41, 2 million.
19. Kuban Cossacks (1950) Ivan Pyreva. 40, 6 million.
20. Soldier Ivan Brovkin (1955) Ivan Lukinskogo. 40, 3 million.

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1.Brilliantovaya hand (1969) directed by Leonid Gaidai. 76, 7 million
21. Prisoner of the Caucasus (1967). 76, 5 million.
22. The Wedding in Malinovka (1967) Andrew Tutyshkin. 74, 6 million.

23. Operation "Y" and other adventures Shurik (1965) Leonid Gaydaya.69, 6 million.
24. Shield and Sword (1968) Vladimir Basov. 68, 3 million.
25. The New Adventures of Elusive (1969) Edmond Keosayan. 66, 2 million.
26. Amphibian Man (1962) Gennady Kazansky and Vladimir Chebotarev. 65, 4 million.
27. War and Peace (1966) by Sergei Bondarchuk. 58 million.
28. Strong in Spirit (1968), Victor Georgiev. 55, 2 million.
29. The Elusive Avengers (1967) Edmond Keosayan. 54, 5 million.

"Top ten" hit parade of Russian cinema 70

1. The Dawns Here Are Quiet ... (1973) Stanislav Rostotsky. 66 0000000.
2. Gentlemen of Fortune (1972) Alexander Gray (with very tangible artistic leadership of Georgy Danelia).
65, 0 million.
3. Queen of the Gypsies (1976) Emile Lotyanu. 64, 9 million.

4. The Red Snowball Tree (1974) Vasily Shukshin. 62, 5 million.
5. Athos (1975) Georgy Danelia. 62, 2 million.
6. The Crown of the Russian Empire, or Again elusive (1973) Edmond Keosayan. 60, 8 million.
7. Ivan Vasilievich (1973) directed by Leonid Gaidai. 60, 7 million.
8. The Stepmother (1974) Oleg Bondarev. 59, 4 million.
9. The Office Romance (1978) Eldar Ryazanov. 58, 4 million.
10. Fate (1978) Yevgeny Matveyev. 57, 8 million.

"Top ten" hit parade of Russian cinema 80

1. Pirates of the twentieth century (1980) Boris Durov. 87, 6 million viewers
2. Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears (1980) Vladimir Menshov. 84, 4 million.
3. The Crew (1980) Alexander Mitta. 71, 1 million.

4. Little Faith (1988) Basil Picula. 56 0000000.
5. Sports Lottery-82 (1982) directed by Leonid Gaidai. 55, 2 million.
6. Petrovka, 38 (1980) Boris Grigoriev. 53, 4 million.
7. Man from Boulevard des Capucines (1987) Alla Surikova. 50, 6 million.
8. Tehran-43 (1981), Alexander Alov and Vladimir Naumov. 47, 5 million.
9. The most charming and attractive (1985) Gerald Bezhanova. 44, 9 million.
10. Love and Pigeons (1984) Vladimir Menshov. 44, 5 million.

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