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The Gadfly (1955)

Ovod (original title)
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)
Grigoriy Shpigel ... James
Ruben Simonov Ruben Simonov ... Father Cardi
Pavel Usovnichenko 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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Action | Drama | History

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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian | Swedish

Release Date:

15 September 1956 (USA) See more »

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The Gadfly 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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The Gadfly (Ovod), the book and the film
21 January 2005 | by GalinaSee all my reviews

Ethel Lillian Voynich Boole is the author of the novel "Gadfly" which was enormously popular in the Soviet Union. The Russians even named a crater of the Venus planet after it.

The novel set in Italy in the 1800's, which was a time of revolt and uprisings and features the hero as a mysterious satirist who is only known by his pseudonym Gadfly. At once a romance, tragedy and heroic story, it's got passionate characters, dark secrets, betrayal and atonement, and expertly incorporates them into the author's controversial theme - the criticism of the church.

The movie was a great success, partly due to the charisma of young Oleg Strizenov in his screen debut. He was very convincing as romantic and tragic Arthur as he moves from being a theological student with Padre Montanelli (his father figure - powerful performance by Nikolai Simonov) to the life of a satirist, revolutionary, and great enemy of the church. The best Soviet actors played in the movie; the novel was adapted into the screenplay by very famous (and deservingly so) writer, Victor Shklovsky. But the real treasure of the film is the music written by Dmitry Shostakovich. He composed an orchestral suite for The Gadfly. It's been a long time since I saw "Ovod" but I still remember it fondly as a very good film with a brilliant soundtrack.


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