After the murder of the Russian Emperor Peter III, who was succeeded by Empress Catherine, Satan decides that the balance between good and evil on Earth has been destabilized. In order to ... See full summary »
After the murder of the Russian Emperor Peter III, who was succeeded by Empress Catherine, Satan decides that the balance between good and evil on Earth has been destabilized. In order to set things right, he sends his representative to Earth - the teacher Farfa, who bears an unusual resemblance to Peter III. His mission is to seize power from the old Duke of Montenegro, and then to take back the Russian throne as Peter III. The people of Montenegro accept Farfa as their new leader, and he proclaims himself the new Emperor, Scepan Mali, successfully resisting an invasion by the Turks. Farfa is touched by the Montenegrins' kindness and courage, falls in love with the beautiful Elfa, and fails to follow Satan's plan. Not one to be crossed, Satan sets out to kill him. Written by
You don't expect much from a movie in 11:30 on Saturday on second-rate TV station. But, every once in a while, man gets pleasantly surprised.
Main reason for watching this film was a little thing I read in plot summary given on teletext. It said that first part of movie will show Hell's hierarchy, which fascinates me(Hell's hierarchy, not Hell itself). This film gives an unorthodox vision of Church and Hell in some kind of cold war and Earth as a battlefield divided in two equal parts, one under control of The Devil, an other under control of The God. When one event puts the World out of balance, Satan sends his minor servant to bring back the balance of powers. However, he has something else on his mind...
Somehow demoralizing display of weakness of a little man in world where big players pull the strings.
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