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L'idiot (1946)

Muichkine, a young Russian prince, returns home to St. Petersburg from a mental institution, determined to spread decency and kindness in the harsh and cruel world. He becomes betrothed to ... See full summary »

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Lucien Coëdel ...
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Totsky (as Debucourt)
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Le prince Muichkine (as Gérard Philippe)
Nathalie Nattier ...
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Naria (as Jeanne Marken)
Maurice Chambreuil ...
Le général Epantchine (as Chambreuil sociétaire de le Comédie Française)
Michel André ...
Elisabeth Hardy ...
Roland Armontel ...
Mathilde Casadesus ...
Janine Viénot ...
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Marguerite Moreno ...
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Muichkine, a young Russian prince, returns home to St. Petersburg from a mental institution, determined to spread decency and kindness in the harsh and cruel world. He becomes betrothed to an innocent young girl while trying to save a less-innocent woman from her own travail, but jealousy and his own naivete conjoin to bring about unimaginable tragedy. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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a pleasure
18 November 2004 | by (timberlake, ohio, USA) – See all my reviews

First time i saw this film was 1947 - in Germany,synchronized into German.A few weeks ago, i was lucky to get a copy in the original, french language. It was a pleasure to see it after so many years. Young Gerard Phillipe was an ideal

Prince. Many scenes of him were silent, in big close-ups. Beautiful

photography,somehow he overshadowed all the other actors. The last, long

close-up from him is as impressive and horrible, as it was so many years

ago,when I saw it beiing only 20 years old.It is a short film - 92 minutes, but it gives the idea, how the book is. I think, there a not to many people who still read Dostoyewsky to-day. The film describes short and clear all the many characters and underlines the main events of the book. This is only one persons opinion. It is a shame, that it is so hard to get a copy of this film - it is a beautiful film.


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