A Film Legends theme train has hit Moscow Metro’s ring line today following an official launch ceremony under the auspices of the 38th Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF), on from June 23 to 30.
"We are today inaugurating our 17th branded train and our third train celebrating Russian Film Year,” said Moscow Metro chief Dmitry Pegov. “Passengers love our branded trains, so we will continue to add more of them in partnership with the Culture Ministry of Russia. This train will run on the ring line. I think the passengers are going to like it, too.”
The train is devoted to Russian and Soviet film classics, great directors and actors, according to Vyacheslav Telnov, director of the department of cinematography at the Culture Ministry of Russia. "We are committed to promoting Russian film,” Telnov said. “We hope that, over time, it will once again become popular worldwide, like it used to be.”
Every car of the Film Legends theme train, which is a partnering project between the Russian Society for Military History, Gorky Film Studios and Moscow Metro, is dedicated to a specific film by one of the greatest, international prizewinning Soviet or Russian directors. Some of the scenes recognizable on the train come from such films as Nikita Mikhalkov’s Burned by the Sun, Stanislav Govorukhin’s The Meeting Place Cannot Be Changed, and Karen Shakhnazarov’s White Tiger. One of the cars celebrates the first Russian film to win a US Academy Award – German Troops Defeated at Moscow.
One of the two previously launched film-themed Moscow Metro trains is dedicated to Gorky Film Studios, the other is named Films of the Victory.