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Soviet chess champion sues Netflix over ‘sexist’ Queen’s Gambit

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The female Soviet chess champion Nona Gaprindashvili is suing Netflix for $5m for a line in its hit series The Queen’s Gambit that claimed she “never played men”, calling the assertion “grossly sexist and belittling”....

Captain Volkogonov Escaped review – on the run in through-the-mirror Soviet Russia

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With a title that nods to Robert Bresson and a high concept script that doffs its cap to The Fugitive, this film is in fact very much its own beast, a rollicking cat-and-mouse thriller pungently set in a Soviet Russia...

Superdeep review – spore-squirting Soviet horror ends up fusty

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Like Chernobyl with mould, this Soviet-era-set Russian horror-sci-fi follows experts racing against the clock to put the lid on a disaster inside a government facility: here it’s a top secret research station seven mi...

State Funeral review – the eerie last rites of Stalin’s Soviet Union

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For this very disquieting film, which is like a two-hour bad dream, Sergei Loznitsa has assembled hitherto unseen footage in colour and black-and-white that was shot in the Soviet Union in 1953; it shows the official ...

TV tonight: the story of the Queen’s Soviet spy

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Eagle-eyed viewers of The Crown will be familiar with this tale of how a Soviet spy ended up working for the royal family for almost 30 years. Employed as Surveyor of the King’s Pictures, it was revealed in 1979 that...