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Fyodor Dostoevsky (novel) and
Ivan Pyryev (writer)
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Release Date:
10 January 1969 (Soviet Union) See more »
Three brothers, one spiritual and living at a monastary, one a gambler, and one an intellectual, work out their problems in 19th century Russia. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 nomination See more »
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A mixed bag See more (3 total) »


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Directed by
Kirill Lavrov 
Ivan Pyryev 
Mikhail Ulyanov 
Writing credits
Fyodor Dostoevsky (novel "The Brothers Karamazov")

Ivan Pyryev  writer

Original Music by
Isaak Shvarts 
Cinematography by
Sergei Vronsky 
Film Editing by
V. Yankovskiy 
Production Design by
Stalen Volkov 
Sound Department
Yevgeni Kashkevich .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Evgeniy Guslinskiy .... first assistant camera

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232 min
Color (Sovcolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
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Version of "O Julgamento" (1976)See more »


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2 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
A mixed bag, 6 July 2011
Author: ferenc_molnar from new york, ny

Some good performances, particularly Mark Prudkin as Fyodor Pavlovich, but the film's overbearing theatricality works against the drama of Dostoevsky's novel. The staginess is also not supported by the production design so the storm and stress performances feel ill matched to their realistic backgrounds. There's not much of a cinematic style to the film either and what there is is rather unimaginative. There's very little humor in the film for an adaptation of a novel that can be deeply and unsettlingly funny. And then there's the strange, wrong headed casting of Andrey Myagkov as Alyosha, arguably the central point of view of the novel. Myagkov's Alosha is a doltish void, somewhat of a holy fool, a characterization that might be found in other Dostoevsky novels but not in this one. All in all, a disappointment, not as embarrassing as the Yul Brenner adaptation but just as vulgar in its own way.

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