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The Idiot (1958)

Idiot (original title)
PG-13 | | Drama | 21 July 1960 (USA)
Upon Prince Myshkin's return to St. Petersburg from an asylum in Switzerland, he becomes beguiled by the lovely young Aglaya, daughter of a wealthy father. But his deepest emotion is for ... See full summary »

Director:

Ivan Pyrev (as Ivan Pyryev)

Writers:

Fyodor Dostoevsky (novel), Ivan Pyrev (as Ivan Pyryev)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Yuriy Yakovlev ... Prince Myshkin
Yuliya Borisova ... Nastasia Philippovna
Nikita Podgorny ... Ganya Ivolgin
Vera Pashennaya Vera Pashennaya ... General's wife
Nikolai Pazhitnov ... General Yepanchin (as N.Pazhitnov)
Sergey Martinson ... Lebedev (as Sergei Martinson)
Leonid Parkhomenko ... Parfen Rogozhin
Emmanuil Geller
Raisa Maksimova ... Aglaya Yepanchina (as Raya Maksimova)
Vladimir Muravyov ... Ferdishchenko (as V. Muravyov)
Ivan Lyubeznov ... General Ivolgin (as I. Lyubeznov)
Grigoriy Shpigel
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lyudmila Ivanova Lyudmila Ivanova ... Varya Ivolgina
Klavdiya Polovikova ... Nina Alexandrovna Ivolgina
P. Strelin P. Strelin ... Totsky
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Upon Prince Myshkin's return to St. Petersburg from an asylum in Switzerland, he becomes beguiled by the lovely young Aglaya, daughter of a wealthy father. But his deepest emotion is for the wanton, Nastasia. The choices all are forced to make lead to great tragedy. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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A major work of Dostoyevsky... See more »

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Drama

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Best Dostoevsky Adaptation Ever
3 September 2011 | by Caroline888See all my reviews

This is how Dostoevsky adaptations need to be, and hardly ever are. 1) Everyone needs to act like they're on crack all the time, 2) It needs to be either snowing or 100 degrees all the time, and 3) Everyone's eyes have to be crazy.

This film meets all those requirements, and it's the only one that does. Although the second part was never made, the first part is worth watching and re-watching. The crazy Soviet montages, the crazy eyes, the red velvet everywhere, the lighting from beneath that makes everyone look like they're in hell...it's brilliant.

The soundtrack is gorgeous. I wish I could find it on mp3. And when one character says to another: "What's wrong with your face?" the face in question is worth the entire film. And it's pure Dostoevsky. HUZZAH for this film.


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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

21 July 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Production Co:

Mosfilm See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Sovcolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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