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Tsarskaya nevesta (1965)

Unrated | | Drama | January 1965 (Soviet Union)
Based on an historical case, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's The Tsar's Bride takes place in the suburbs of Moscow during the reign of Tsar Ivan IV, "the Terrible", during the latter half of the ... See full summary »

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Vladimir Gorikker

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Andrei Donatov (as A. Donatov), Vladimir Gorikker | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview:
Raisa Nedashkovskaya ... Marfa
Natalya Rudnaya Natalya Rudnaya ... Lyubasha
Otar Koberidze ... Grigori Gryaznoy
Georgi Shevtsov ... Malyuta Skuratov (as G. Shevtsov)
Vladimir Zeldin ... Bomely
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Viktor Nuzhny Viktor Nuzhny ... Ivan Lykov
Marina Maltseva ... Dunyasha
Tamara Loginova Tamara Loginova ... Saburova
Pyotr Glebov ... Tsar Ivan
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Based on an historical case, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's The Tsar's Bride takes place in the suburbs of Moscow during the reign of Tsar Ivan IV, "the Terrible", during the latter half of the 16th c. Widowed, he is looking for a new wife, his third. He chooses the young Marfa. She loves another man but bends to the Tsar's will and renounces her love for the other. From this plot, Russian director Dmitri Tcherniakov retains only the frame. A live competition is organized for a virtual monarch, much like the reality shows of today. Here, the characters become the various players of the audiovisual industry bringing an acerbic critic to contemporary television. Daniel Barenboim conducts the Staatskapelle Berlin. With Olga Peretyatko, Anita Rachvelishvili and Johannes and Martin Kränzle. Recorded at Staatsoper, Im Schiller Theater Berlin, in October 2013.

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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

January 1965 (Soviet Union) See more »

Also Known As:

The Tsar's Bride See more »

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Rigas Kinostudija See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Sumptuous and gripping
6 September 2012 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Having loved opera for goodness knows how long, I was recommended this opera film of Rimsky Korsakov's Tsar's Bride and I was instantly compelled. The lip-sync is rather obvious at times but everything else is so good. The opera itself is compelling stuff, whether it is going to be one of my favourite operas or my definition of a Russian masterwork(like Boris Godunov or Eugene Onegin) I am not sure, but one thing's for sure is that it is not an opera I am going to forget about. What is so brilliant about this film is many things. Visually it is just gorgeous, the black and white is really lavish, some of the best I've seen for any opera actually, and the costumes and locations are truly spectacular. The cinematography is beautiful as well, even if some of the close-ups add to the obviousness of the lip-sync problem. Musically and dramatically the film is just as enthralling. You can really tell by their sound how committed the orchestral playing and chorus singing are, a lot of it is beautiful or hair-raising. Yevgeni Svetlanov's conducting is spot-on as well. The drama is just what the story promises, all very passionate and treacherous, while the singing is brilliant without a single weak link and the acting every bit as convincing with the Grigori of Otar Koberidze standing out. Overall, highly recommended. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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