Two streaming video platforms that will allow us to see the cinema that was filmed on the other side of the Iron Curtain

Video streaming platforms, such as Prime Video, Netflix or Disney +, tend to be Well-stocked movies and series produced in the US and Western Europe, as well as a growing tide of Asian and Latin American cinema.

But when our goal is to cast a look at the film heritage of Eastern Europe, especially the one produced over the past century, our options to visualize it are reduced.

That is why someone has had the idea of ​​launching not one, but two portals that collect some of the most outstanding productions (and others that are not so, of course) of the Seventh Art beyond the Iron Curtain. All subtitled, at least in English ... although most titles are offered subtitled in several languages, including Spanish (and even Basque).

Both portals share design and pricing policy: $ 5 for a day of access, $ 15 for a week, $ 30 for a month ... and $ 100 for "unlimited" access. It also makes it easy to send 'gift cards' to surprise a friend who is a fan of this kind of film.

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And the most interesting: both offer any user the option of preview the first 20 minutes of each title available in its catalog ... although it has a maximum limit of previews for anonymous users.

In both cases, we can navigate between the film catalog using criteria such as directors, the decade in which it was shot or the film genre.

But, Why two portals? What differentiates them? Simply put, geography.

Soviet Movies Online

In Soviets Movies Online they have compiled 800 films produced both in the Soviet Union and, after the fall of this, in the Russian Federation.

The oldest production in its catalog is 'The Dying Swan', by Yevgeni Bauer, shot in 1916. Among the later classics, stand out 'The battleship Potemkin' (Eisenstein, 1925), 'Ivan the Terrible' (Eisenstein, 1944), 'Solaris' (Tarkovsky, 1972) or the famous -in those lares- communist version of Mary Poppins from 1983.

But don't worry: it also has a good assortment of films from the last 30 years.

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Eastern European Movies

Something similar can be found in Eastern European Movies, only now we change the geographical frame from the USSR to the rest of the countries of Eastern Europe: the German Democratic Republic (although we will also find some films produced in the former West Germany), Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Ukraine and the former Yugoslavia.

Perhaps one of the greatest curiosities that this website offers to the average Western viewer is the possibility of viewing the first film adaptation of 'The Witcher', shot in the 90s in Poland and inexplicably released on the Anglo-Saxon market as 'The Hexer'.

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