|Key people||Karen Shakhnazarov (Chairman)|
Mosfilm (Russian: Мосфильм, pronounced [məsˈfʲɨlʲm]) is a film studio often described[clarification needed] as the largest and oldest in Russia and in Europe. Its output includes most of the more widely acclaimed Soviet-era films, ranging from works by Tarkovsky and Eisenstein (commonly considered the greatest Soviet directors), to Red Westerns, to the Akira Kurosawa co-production (Дерсу Узала / Dersu Uzala) and the epic Война и Мир / War and Peace.
The Moscow film production unit with studio facilities was established in November 1923 by the motion picture mogul Aleksandr Khanzhonkov ("first film factory") and I. Ermolev ("third film factory") as a unit of the Goskino works. The first movie filmed by Mosfilm was On the Wings Skyward (directed by Boris Mikhin).
In 1927 the construction of a new film studio complex began on Mosfilmovskaya Street in Sparrow Hills of Moscow. This film studio was named after the Moscow amalgamated factory Soyuzkino the Tenth Anniversary of the October. In 1934 the film studio was renamed to Moskinokombinat, and in 1936 – to Mosfilm. During the World War II the film studio personnel were evacuated to Alma-Ata (August 1941) and merged with other Soviet production units into the Central United Film Studio (TsOKS). The Mosfilm personnel returned to Moscow at the end of 1943.
The famous Mosfilm logo, representing the monument "Worker and Kolkhoz Woman" by Vera Mukhina and Spasskaya Tower of the Kremlin, was introduced in 1947 in the musical comedy, Spring directed by Grigori Aleksandrov and starring Lyubov Orlova and Nikolai Cherkasov.
By the time the Soviet Union was no more, Mosfilm had produced more than 3,000 films. Many films classics were shot at Mosfilm throughout its history and some of these were granted international awards at various film festivals.
After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Mosfilm continued operations as a quasi-private production company, led by film director Karen Shakhnazarov. As of 2005, the company embraced ten independent studios, located within 13 sound stages occupying an area of 13,000 sq. meters. Tours through this "Russian Hollywood" become increasingly popular, as they allow to view Mosfilm's enormous depot with 170 tanks and 50 vintage cars. The biggest sound stage is leased annually to hold the Golden Eagle Awards.
- 1925 Броненосец Потëмкин / The Battleship Potemkin (historical silent film), directed by Sergei Eisenstein
- 1934 Весёлые ребята / Jolly Fellows (musical comedy)
- 1935 Аэроград / Aerograd, directed by Alexander Dovzhenko (sci-fi)
- 1936 Цирк / Circus (musical comedy)
- 1938 Волга-Волга / Volga-Volga (musical comedy)
- 1938 Александр Невский / Alexander Nevsky directed by Sergei Eisenstein (historical)
- 1946 Иван Грозный (2 серия) / Ivan The Terrible, Part II, directed by Sergei Eisenstein (historical)
- 1956 Илья Муромец / Ilya Muromets, directed by Aleksandr Ptushko (fantasy film)
- 1957 Летят журавли / The Cranes Are Flying directed by Mikhail Kalatozov (war drama), Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1958 winner.
- 1957 Огненные вёрсты / Miles of Fire (ostern) directed by Samson Samsonov
- 1959 Баллада о солдате / Ballad of a Soldier directed by Grigori Chukhrai (war film), Special jury prize of Cannes Film Festival in 1959 winner and Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay in 1961 nominant.
- 1960 Каток и скрипка / The Steamroller and the Violin directed by Andrei Tarkovsky (short film)
- 1962 Иваново детство / Ivan's Childhood directed by Andrei Tarkovsky (feature film), the Golden Lion Award at the Venice Film Festival in 1962 winner.
- 1962 Гусарская баллада / Hussar Ballad directed by Eldar Ryazanov (comedy)
- 1963 Я шагаю по Москве / Walking the Streets of Moscow directed by Georgi Daneliya (comedy)
- 1964 Добро пожаловать, или Посторонним вход воспрещён / Welcome, or No Trespassing directed by Elem Klimov (comedy)
- 1964 Я - Куба / I Am Cuba directed by Mikhail Kalatozov (expressionism, propaganda)
- 1965 Похождения зубного врача / Adventures of a Dentist directed by Elem Klimov (comedy)
- 1966 Андрей Рублёв / Andrei Rublev directed by Andrei Tarkovsky (feature film)
- 1966 Берегись автомобиля / Watch Out for the Automobile directed by Eldar Ryazanov (comedy)
- 1966 Неуловимые мстители / The Elusive Avengers directed by Edmond Keosayan (Ostern)
- 1967 Вий / Viy (Film adaptation, horror film)
- 1968 Война и мир / War and Peace directed by Sergei Bondarchuk (historical), Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1968 winner.
- 1968 Бриллиантовая рука / The Diamond Arm directed by Leonid Gaidai (comedy)
- 1969 Освобождение/ Liberation directed by Yuri Ozerov (historical drama)
- 1969 Братья Карамазовы / The Brothers Karamazov (historical), Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1969 nominant.
- 1969 Белое солнце пустыни / White Sun of the Desert directed by Vladimir Motyl (Ostern)
- 1971 Чайковский / Tchaikovsky directed by Igor Talankin (historical), Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1971 nominee.
- 1971 Старики-разбойники / Stariki-razboyniki directed by Eldar Ryazanov (comedy)
- 1972 Солярис / Solaris directed by Andrei Tarkovsky (sci-fi)
- 1972 Джентльмены удачи / Gentlemen of Fortune (comedy)
- 1973 Иван Васильевич меняет профессию / Ivan Vasilievich: Back to the Future directed by Leonid Gaidai (comedy)
- 1974 Свой среди чужих, чужой среди своих / At Home Among Strangers directed by Nikita Mikhalkov (ostern)
- 1974 Невероятные приключения итальянцев в России / Unbelievable Adventures of Italians in Russia directed by Franco Prosperi and Eldar Ryazanov
- 1975 Дерзу Узала / Dersu Uzala (Soviet-Japanese joint production) directed by Akira Kurosawa (historical), Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1975 winner.
- 1975 Сибириада / Siberiade directed by Andrei Konchalovsky (saga)
- 1975 Афоня / Afonya directed by Georgi Daneliya (comedy)
- 1975 Зеркало / The Mirror directed by Andrei Tarkovsky (feature film)
- 1975 Ирония судьбы, или С лёгким паром! / The Irony of Fate directed by Eldar Ryazanov (comedy)
- 1976 Восхождение / The Ascent directed by Larisa Shepitko (war film), the Golden Bear Award at the Berlin Film Festival in 1977 winner.
- 1976 Табор уходит в небо / Queen of the Gypsies directed by Emil Loteanu (drama)
- 1977 Мимино / Mimino directed by Georgi Daneliya (comedy)
- 1977 Служебный роман / Office Romance directed by Eldar Ryazanov (comedy)
- 1979 Сталкер / Stalker directed by Andrei Tarkovsky (feature film)
- 1979 Москва слезам не верит / Moscow Does Not Believe In Tears (melodrama), Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1980 winner.
- 1981 Частная жизнь / Private Life (drama) directed by Yuli Raizman, Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1981 nominant.
- 1981 Тегеран 43 / Teheran 43 (spy)
- 1982 Ленин в Париже / Lenin in Paris (historical)
- 1983 Ностальгия / Nostalghia directed by Andrei Tarkovsky (drama)
- 1985 Иди и смотри / Come and See directed by Elem Klimov (war film; a co-production with Belarusfilm)
- 1986 Кин-дза-дза! / Kin-dza-dza! directed by Georgi Daneliya (science-fiction)
- 1987 Человек с бульвара Капуцинов / A Man from the Boulevard des Capucines (red western) directed by Alla Surikova
- 1990 Уроки в конце весны / Lessons at the End of Spring written and directed by Oleg Kavun (drama)
- 2002 Звезда / The Star (war film) directed by Nikolai Lebedev
- 2007 Ирония Судьбы: Продолжение / The Irony of Fate 2
- 2008 You and I
- 2008 Исчезнувшая империя / The Vanished Empire
- 2012 Кромовъ / Kromov
- 2012 Белый Тигр / White Tiger
- Mosfilm official site
- Mosfilm official YouTube Channel - Mosfilm’s film collection with English subtitles
- Mosfilm's online cinema - over 500 films available for online watching
- Mosfilm (Soviet studio) at the Internet Movie Database
- Mosfilm (Russian studio) at the Internet Movie Database
- Mosfilm Studios - 360 Panoramas
- Humus Project - Mosfilm: History and fantastic trailers of the most famous and funny movies (Italian)