Idiot (2003)

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The thrilling drama based on the world's greatest masterpiece by Fyodor Dostoevsky. Half-sane Prince Myshkin returns from Swiss psycho-clinic to face the glamorous world of St Petersburg. ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Evgeniy Mironov ...
 Knyaz Lev Myshkin (2003)
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Lydia Velezheva ...
 Nastasya Filippovna (2003) (as Lidiya Velezheva)
Olga Budina ...
 Aglaya Epanchina (2003)
Inna Churikova ...
 Elizaveta Epanchina (2003)
Oleg Basilashvili ...
 General Ivan Epanchin (2003)
Vladimir Ilin ...
 Lukyan Lebedev (2003)
Aleksandr Lazarev ...
Andrey Smirnov ...
 Afansiy Totskiy (2003)
Anastasiya Melnikova ...
 Aleksandra Epanchina (2003)
Rosina Tsidulko ...
 Adelaida Epanchina (2003)
Sergey Muchenikov ...
 Lakey Epanchinykh (2003)
Aleksey Petrenko ...
 General Ardalion Ivolgin (2003)
Mikhail Boyarskiy ...
 Poruchik Keller (2003)
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 Nina Ivolgina (2003)
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The thrilling drama based on the world's greatest masterpiece by Fyodor Dostoevsky. Half-sane Prince Myshkin returns from Swiss psycho-clinic to face the glamorous world of St Petersburg. Here vice, money and extortion rule. Myshkin finds himself in the whirlpool of intrigue. He inherits an enormous fortune, acquires affections of the vicious Nastassya Filippovna and the beautiful young Aglaya. Scandal, murder and incredible love affair follow. Plunge into the atmosphere of the 19th century St Petersburg created by the impressive authentic costumes and sceneries in the most expensive TV-project in Russia Written by Kathrine Travinskaya

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captivating, amazing
5 November 2007 | by (Massachusetts) – See all my reviews

I did not expect to actually enjoy this. I had heard it was well done, so I thought I ought to force myself to watch at least some of it. Well, I've seen the first three episodes and can't wait to watch the rest. The acting is incredible, the cinematography imaginative, the pacing very good, and the dialog, since it is pure Dostoyevsky, is, of course, stellar. I've read the book (in English) a couple of times, but this movie brings the characters to life for me in a way the book never did. Perhaps the translation I read was not too great, but I think the biggest difference is the wonderful acting and directing in this mini-series. Eye contact, pauses, changes--or lack thereof--in tone of voice, all make such a big difference.

The DVD I am watching, from the Russian company CP Digital, has reasonably good-quality images, but terrible subtitles. For instance, one character told another, "You shouldn't miss this opportunity (to marry a very rich man)," but the subtitle said something like, "Isn't that interesting!" I know enough Russian to be able to tell when the subtitles are inaccurate, but unfortunately, not enough to watch it without subtitles. Perhaps the second or third time through I'll watch with subtitles turned off.

If only we could all have even a drop of Prince Myshkin's humility, compassion, love, honesty, candor.


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