7.1/10
186
1 user 2 critic

Siberian Lady Macbeth (1962)

Sibirska Ledi Magbet (original title)
In what might be termed Russo-Shakespearean noir, a ruthless woman's adulterous affair with a drifter sets in motion a chain-reaction of murder and deception in a remote village in 19th Century Mtsensk.

Director:

Writers:

(story), | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Video

WATCH NOW
ON DISC
1 win. See more awards »

Videos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Ashes (1965)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Set in the time of Napoleon wars, shows how the wars swept over the unfortunate Polish country at the beginning of the XIX-th century. Story revolves around the Polish legion under command ... See full summary »

Director: Andrzej Wajda
Stars: Daniel Olbrychski, Boguslaw Kierc, Piotr Wysocki
Samson (1961)
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

During the Nazi occupation, Jewish prisoner Jakub Gold is released from jail and works as a gravedigger in the Warsaw ghetto. Although he manages to escape and keeps hiding in private apartments, he tries to get back to the ghetto.

Director: Andrzej Wajda
Stars: Serge Merlin, Alina Janowska, Elzbieta Kepinska
Speed (1959)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Poland, during the World War. Lotna is a magnificent specimen of Arabian horse, the pride of her owner, too old to actually ride her but to whom she remains faithful nevertheless. The ... See full summary »

Director: Andrzej Wajda
Stars: Jerzy Pichelski, Adam Pawlikowski, Jerzy Moes
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A young doctor is tired of being sought by women. One night he meets a young girl who all but forces herself into his room where they talk of morals and love. But he loses her when he goes ... See full summary »

Director: Andrzej Wajda
Stars: Tadeusz Lomnicki, Krystyna Stypulkowska, Wanda Koczeska
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

During the German occupation noble, bourgeois and worker's partisan groups lived in peace with another. On the first day of freedom they start to fight each other. In these fights is weaved a most tender love story.

Director: Andrzej Wajda
Stars: Zbigniew Cybulski, Waclaw Zastrzezynski, Adam Pawlikowski
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

In May of 1983, a man turns 49 and, with his 17-year old son, journeys to the village in Baden that he left 40 years before. He wants to discover what happened then, the truth about an ... See full summary »

Director: Andrzej Wajda
Stars: Hanna Schygulla, Piotr Lysak, Armin Mueller-Stahl
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Takes place in a prewar Poland. A tubercular young man comes to stay with his brother on a farm. He is in love with life and constantly plays 1930's music on a piano. He gets involved with ... See full summary »

Director: Andrzej Wajda
Stars: Daniel Olbrychski, Olgierd Lukaszewicz, Emilia Krakowska
Man of Marble (1977)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

In 1976, a young woman in Krakow is making her diploma film, looking behind the scenes at the life of a 1950s bricklayer, Birkut, who was briefly a proletariat hero, at how that heroism was... See full summary »

Director: Andrzej Wajda
Stars: Krystyna Janda, Jerzy Radziwilowicz, Tadeusz Lomnicki
Wesele (1973)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Set at the turn of the century, the story concerns a Polish poet living in Cracow who has decided to marry a peasant girl. The wedding is attended by a heterogenous group of people from all... See full summary »

Director: Andrzej Wajda
Stars: Marek Walczewski, Izabella Olszewska, Ewa Zietek
The Conductor (1980)
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A violinist in a provincial Polish orchestra, whose husband is the director of the ensemble, on a visit to the US ties up with the world- renowned symphony conductor. As it turns out he was... See full summary »

Director: Andrzej Wajda
Stars: John Gielgud, Krystyna Janda, Andrzej Seweryn
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Film opens with the mad rush of haphazard freedom as the concentration camps are liberated. Men are trying to grab food, change clothes, bury their tormentors they find alive. Then they are... See full summary »

Director: Andrzej Wajda
Stars: Daniel Olbrychski, Stanislawa Celinska, Aleksander Bardini
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The disappearance of the leading actor from the film's set worries its director Andrzej. He embarks on a journey to look out for the actor with a young actor and missing actor's wife and mistress.

Director: Andrzej Wajda
Stars: Beata Tyszkiewicz, Elzbieta Czyzewska, Andrzej Lapicki
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Olivera Markovic ...
Katerina Izmajlowa / Lady Macbeth
Ljuba Tadic ...
Sergei
Kapitalina Eric
Bojan Stupica ...
Izmajlow
Miodrag Lazarevic ...
Zinovij Izmailow (as Mile Lazarevic)
Branka Petric ...
Tante
Ingrid Lotarius ...
Sonetka
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dragomir 'Gidra' Bojanic
Stanko Buhanac
Stanislav Goldner
Jovan-Burdus Janicijevic ...
(as Jovan Janicijevic)
Bosko Kuzmanovic
Milorad Lazovic
Borisav Milanovic
Milan Mozinic ...
Fedja ... decak
Edit

Storyline

In what might be termed Russo-Shakespearean noir, a ruthless woman's adulterous affair with a drifter sets in motion a chain-reaction of murder and deception in a remote village in 19th Century Mtsensk.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Mystery | Romance

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

1962 (Yugoslavia)  »

Also Known As:

Siberian Lady Macbeth  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Version of Macbeth (2014) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Cold and Distant
8 July 2004 | by (Cyberia) – See all my reviews

This movie suffers by comparison with Petr Weigl's Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk (1992), which has Shostakovich's music and singing, by means of lip-synching. That one was very dynamic; here the acting is remarkably wooden, though it gets better towards the end.

It seems that this version is based on the original story by Leskov, rather than the Shostakovich opera. Shostakovich made Katarina more sympathetic by showing her as a normal, vibrant woman driven to distraction by the cruel people surrounding her, and by the oppressive imperial system. Here she is a lustful creature who will stop at nothing to get what she wants; this turns the story into a simple morality tale without the complex interplay of the opera.

The Leskov-Wajda version establishes this with details not in the Shostakovich-Weigl: Katarina and Sergei murder a child who stands to inherit the estate; Katarina, as she's sent off to Siberia, is completely indifferent to her own child. In the Shostakovich-Weigl, Sergei's new girlfriend sings a very cruel song of triumph over Katarina.

The black-and-white photography is not suited to a story like this, although the composition of images is very artistic, probably better than in the Weigl version. But it's still very slow; for instance, the flogging looks like something that might be administered by a school principal on sedatives. On the other hand, the final death scene is nicely done, it's one of the best parts of the movie.


13 of 18 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
two separate confusions about this movie kaream
Discuss Siberian Lady Macbeth (1962) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?