EFC II #143 – Viy (1967)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#143 – Viy (1967)
Dir. Konstantin Yershov & Georgi Kropachyov
Starring: Leonid Kuravlyov, Natalya Varley, Alexei Glazyrin, Vadim Zakharchenko, Nikolai Kutuzov

The one hundred and forty-third installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, a surreal folk tale and the first ever Soviet horror film, Viy.

Recorded in February 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, I feel like it’s quite unique and creepy as a folktale horror film.

EFC II #46 – Earth {Zemlya} (1930)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#45 – Earth {Zemlya} (1930)
Dir. Aleksandr Dovzhenko
Starring: Stepan Shkurat, Semyon Svashenko, Yuliya Solntseva, Yelena Maksimova, Nikolai Nademsky

The forty-sixth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, a hypnotic and interesting silent from Russia, simply titled Earth.

Recorded in July 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: No, I appreciated some of the visual techniques and composition, but it ultimately didn’t make for a very satisfying experience.

EFC II #29 – Andrei Rublev (1966)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#29 – Andrei Rublev (1966)
Dir. Andrei Tarkovsky
Starring: Anatoli Solonitsyn, Ivan Lapikov, Nikolai Burlyayev, Nikolai Sergeyev, Irma Raush, Nikolai Grinko

The twenty-ninth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Andrei Tarkovksy’s grand portrait of the fifteenth century painter, Andrei Rublev.

Recorded in June 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: No, but you probably should anyway, a stunning film but I’m on the fence. My gut says you can live without seeing it.