Soviet Science Fiction

City Zero

January 21, 2021

How does this absurdist tale explore Soviet society during the days of glasnost and the move toward the breakdown of the USSR? Do the Lynchian elements help the film? And what’s up with that cake? For answers to these questions and more, tune in to this week’s show!

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To the Stars by Hard Ways (Per Aspera Ad Astra)

January 14, 2021

What works and what doesn’t work in this film? What makes the interesting and sometimes dated effects work so well for us? And which version should you watch? Tune in to this week’s show to get answers to these questions and more!

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Dead Mountaineer’s Hotel

January 7, 2021

How well do the filmmakers use the location, cinematography, and music to create a tone for this film? Does the film make sense once the secrets are revealed? How well does this film work as social commentary of life under the Soviet rule in the 70s? Tune in to this week’s show to get answers to these questions and more!

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