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The Gadfly (1955)

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Against the background of Italian Patriots struggle for independence of his homeland, is three people by the tragic destiny of stops. Arthur who has evolved in the revolutionary, cardinal Montanelli and his love Gemma.

Writers:

Viktor Shklovskiy (as Viktor Shklovsky), Ethel Lilian Voynich (novel)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Oleg Strizhenov ... Arthur
Marina Strizhenova ... Gemma
Nikolai Simonov ... Cardinal Montanelli
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vladimir Etush ... Martini
Antoni Khodursky Antoni Khodursky ... Grassini
Vadim Medvedev ... Giovanni (as V. Medvedev)
Georgiy Millyar ... Nischiy
Grigoriy Shpigel ... James
Ruben Simonov Ruben Simonov ... Father Cardi
Pavel Usovnichenko ... Giuseppe
Yelena Yunger Yelena Yunger ... Julia
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Against the background of Italian Patriots struggle for independence of his homeland, is three people by the tragic destiny of stops. Arthur who has evolved in the revolutionary, cardinal Montanelli and his love Gemma.

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1800s | based on novel | See All (2) »

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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian | Swedish

Release Date:

15 September 1956 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Lenfilm Studio See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Magicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Great gadfly.
24 December 2019 | by brogmillerSee all my reviews

Ethel Voynich wrote her novel 'The Gadfly' in 1897. Set during the Risorgimento it failed ironically to make much of an impact in Italy but owing to its revolutionary ideology scored a massive triumph in Russia and China. The film under review comes from the Golden Age of Soviet Cinema which followed the death of Stalin. Adapted by the talented Victor Shklovsky and directed by Alekandr Faintsimmer it boasts stunning cinematography by Ivan Moskvin. The magnificent score by Shostakovich has proved extremely popular in its own right and the Romance is a perennial favourite on Classic FM! The romantic element of the film has been modified somewhat to accommodate that of the revolutionary but this does not make it any less entertaining. Oleg Strizhenov and his wife Marina are effective and Oleg would go on to star the following year in 'The Forty First' for Chukrai. Nicolai Simonov is stupendous as the Cardinal. Stirring stuff.


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