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    Russian films with clear dialogues?

    Hello, all! I am preparing for a Russian language test, the Test of Russian as a Foreign Language (TORFL), at an upper-intermediate level. If I took the test, which consists of reading, writing, listening, speaking, and grammar subtests, today, I think I'd pass everything except listening.
    The listening portion of the test consists of watching extracts of Russian-language films, and then answering multiple choice questions about the extracts, which are generally around five minutes long.
    In brief, I need to find good Russian-language films with lively dialogue. Some of the older films have pretty poor sound quality, I need something with clear sound quality. So far I have seen Осенний Марафон, Ирония Судьбы, and Москва Слезам не Верит, which were all at about the right level of difficulty. I tried В Бой идут Одни Старики, but it was rather too hard.
    Any help is very much appreciated!

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    Re: Russian films with clear dialogues?

    You can find movies with Russian subs, that way if it's unclear you can read the subs. As I recall, Брат and Брат 2 were pretty clear and not too difficult. Don't try Андрей Рублёв, it's very difficult. BTW, listening takes tons of daily practise, you can't watch a few movies and expect to understand the language.
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    Re: Russian films with clear dialogues?

    Ищите женщину, Служебный роман, Операция "Ы"
    Семь бед, один Reset

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    Re: Russian films with clear dialogues?

    Or, have the text ready to hand and watch "Евгенин Онегин" or "Пикавая дама" or any other adaptation of literature.

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    Re: Russian films with clear dialogues?

    Quote Originally Posted by ingberlin
    "Пикавая дама"
    => Пиковая дама

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    Re: Russian films with clear dialogues?

    Thanks for the tips, guys.
    I already have a decent level of understanding, I understood around 95% of the films I mentioned (with a lot of rewinding)- the main problem for understanding for me is not the I don't have a good level, it's really that sound quality in these films is often not so high. A lot of the films have scripts available online.
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    Re: Russian films with clear dialogues?

    What do you mean about the sound quality being poor?
    Where precisely are you getting these films from?
    I suggest you BUY them, or download a good DVD rip.

    I have watched some old films too and the only obstacle to understanding them is my very limited vocabulary....

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    Re: Russian films with clear dialogues?

    В некоторых фильмах даже носитель языка не все фразы расслышит. Фильмы - это скорее тест твоих возможностей. Если тебе нужно развить восприятие русской речи на слух лучше слушай аудиокниги и радио, там говорят довольно четко. Если говорить о видео, то лучше смотреть научно-популярные и документальные фильмы. Художественные же фильмы бывают испытанием даже для русского человека, потому что в некоторых местах и не нужно слышать полную фразу. Нечеткая речь - это художественный прием: бормотание, пьяная речь, шёпот, нечленораздельный панический выкрик и пр.

    Надеюсь помогла

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    Re: Russian films with clear dialogues?

    Зачем вообще придумали сколько языков) ох, как просто было бы людям общаться на одном)

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    Re: Russian films with clear dialogues?

    Можно пытаться: Война и Мир, Джентльмены Удачи, Верные Друзья (диалог совсем быстрый), Русалка, и Солярис Тарковского

    You might try: War and Peace (Bondarchuk), Gentlemen of Fortune, True Friends, Mermaid, and Tarkovsky's Solyaris.
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    There is one film from the 1970s called The Gentlemen of Fortune which has a character that speaks EXTREMELY slowly. You are almost guaranteed to be able to understand everything he says. I think the other actors must be classically trained or something, because they really articulate everything very clearly - great for a language student! It's a very funny film too I recommend it.

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    Re: Russian films with clear dialogues?

    I thought "Летят журавли" was relatively easy to follow language-wise.

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    Re: Russian films with clear dialogues?

    Thanks, guys.
    About watching/ listening to the news- that does help, and I listen, sometimes carefully, sometimes not, to BBC Russia's morning news almost every day. But the range of vocab is relatively limited.
    My technique now is to find films that give me a challenge, and watch them, rewinding when necessary to catch as much as humanly possible just from listening. I keep a dictionary by my side and look everything up; then I download the script, and read through all the dialogue, highlighting everything I don't understand. Then I check all those words in the dictionary, and if anything is left I check it with a native speaker. Then I watch again, with something like 95% understanding. For every hour of straight movie-watching without rewinding, there is around 4 hours of studying. This takes away some of the enjoyment of just sitting down and watching a movie, but each time it does get easier, and the whole exercise leaves me with a better understanding of the conventions of Russian conversation.
    Hopefully I'll be really ready for the TORFL-3, and not just to scrape by, in a year.

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    Re: Russian films with clear dialogues?

    If you found out a mistake in my message, correct it please. If you know how write a sentence better, tell me too. Thank you !

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    Re: Russian films with clear dialogues?

    Tim, would you please share where you find the scripts to download online?
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    Re: Russian films with clear dialogues?

    I just google them.
    Typing the title even with Roman letters will give the right result.
    Not all of the scripts correspond EXACTLY to the movies, though.

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    Re: Russian films with clear dialogues?

    I definitely recommend Letyat Zhuravli and Sobache Serdtse. We used them in Russian Language classes for comprehension.

    (sorry I can't type in Cyrillic on this computer)

    I also recommend finding cartoon videos on YouTube! Like Vinni Pux...(Winnie the Poo!)

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    Re: Russian films with clear dialogues?

    К празднику ОРТ любезно залило на YouTube старые военные фильмы.
    [url=http://intrestingworld.mybb.ru/click.php?[url]http://www.youtube.com/prazdnikpobedi]
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    Re: Russian films with clear dialogues?

    This link is still good but I don't know for how long. Two Russian movies for Victory day.
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    http://etvnet.com/-odna-vojna/291384/?u ... dium=email
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    Re: Russian films with clear dialogues?

    Some of the older films was remastered to take a more quality at current time.
    A good idea is to use some of old USSR animated cartoons: it has a very "clear" voice specially created for childrens. And its has exclusively right grammar also: each of animated cartoon for childrens was been reviewed and censored before publishing: no one grammar or speaking error in it.

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