Agree to disagree

A few months ago, internet top ten list assembly line WatchMojo released grist for russophiles.  These lists are voted on by youtube channel subscribers, so they should be taken with a grain of salt.

Here is your WatchMojo list of the top ten Russian films, ever….

A few quick comments: the list is very heavy on Tarkovsky vehicles and short on sentimental favorites such as Ryazanov.   Technically innovative films such as Man with a Movie Camera and Battleship Potemkin certainly belong on such a list, but surely room could have been made for Burnt by the Sun as well as movies from some of the more talented post-Soviet directors (Balabanov, Zvyagentsev).  Russian Ark certainly deserves all the props it gets.  It was Birdman way before Birdman.
But the beauty of the above clip can be found in the comments section, aka the Cold War Redux.
On one side we have the native Russian speakers who grew up with these films and who just cannot believe that the list left off some slapstick childhood favorites:
Oche Ubogo 3 months ago
I wonder why did you miss all the soviet comedies. There are some really brilliant ones.
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Wait. So I’m a Russian and I have never even heard of most of the movies on the list. You missed so many great comedies which are still popular even today. What a truly terrible list.
Kaira Kabiken 3 months ago
Wait, where is “Operation I”, 12 chairs, Shurik adventuries, Afonya, Ivan Vasilievich changing profession. Very good films…
hawk187187 3 months ago
Surprisingly enough, there’s a distinctive absense of the great russian comedies like The Tvelve Chairs, Shurik’s Other Adventures, other works by Gaidai, The Irony of Fate and Beware of the Car by Eldar Ryazanov, which deserve at least the honourable mention. The list looks kinda grim without those in tact.
Рыжий Кролик 2 months ago
Well, I’m from Russia and I’ve only watched one of the listed films..
 
And in the other corner we have the Americans, who link all things Russian to evil and despair:
iliph Rogers 3 months ago
What about a top 10 movies from Nazi Germany next time? Oh wait that would not be PC. Also all these movies are boring and pretentious. Only hipsters jerk off to this shit.
Russian dumbs !
the soviet union collapsed . russia , you’re next .
ReignoftheDEMON 3 months ago
“Soviet Socialists”?????? Really? You mean communists?
Tony Ara 3 months ago
NOT THE BEST TIME TO SUPPORT A COUNTRY WHICH LEADER IS KILLING THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE RIGHT NOW!!! RIGHT THIS SECOND SOMEBODY DIES FROM BECAUSE OF PUTINS CRAZY PLANS!!!!!!
Let’s just saw that this is an area where we can all agree to disagree.
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