Two Russian films have made it to “Spielberg’s Curriculum” – the list of over 200 must-see films which the heavyweight Hollywood director has allegedly recommended to anyone dreaming to work with him.
Sergey Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin and Andrey Konchalovsky’s Runaway Train are in the same “cinematic box” as 12 Angry Men, Lolita, Psycho and Rosemary’s Baby, just to name a few.
Sergey Eisenstein’s back-and-white chef d’oeuvre Battleship Potemkin has been unanimously considered one of the greatest movies of all time.
Eisenstein’s silent masterpiece, which has been studied all over the world, was restored for theatrical re-release in America earlier this year.
The 1925 drama featuring one of the most famous scenes in the history of film – the large-scale sequence on the Odessa Steps – has received a complete facelift on a 35mm print for the first time ever, with every shot restored and dozens of missing added.
The only other Russian film allegedly recommended by Spielberg is Andrey Konchalovsky’s Runaway Train, starring Jon Voight and Eric Roberts.
The action-packed drama was shot back in 1985 when the Russian director worked in Hollywood, where he made his best-known comedy, Tango Cash.