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Bratya Karamazovy (1969)

Three brothers, one spiritual and living at a monastery, the other - a gambler, and the third - an intellectual, work out their problems in 19th century Russia.

Directors:

Kirill Lavrov, Ivan Pyrev (as Ivan Pyryev) | 1 more credit »

Writers:

Fyodor Dostoevsky (novel), Ivan Pyrev (as Ivan Pyryev)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mikhail Ulyanov ... Dmitri
Lionella Pyryeva ... Grushenka
Kirill Lavrov ... Ivan
Andrey Myagkov ... Alyosha
Mark Prudkin ... Fyodor Pavlovich
Svetlana Korkoshko ... Yekaterina Ivanovna
Valentin Nikulin ... Smerdyakov
Pavel Pavlenko ... Zosima
Andrei Abrikosov ... Samsonov
Gennadiy Yukhtin ... Father Paisi
Anatoliy Adoskin ... Examining magistrate
Rada Volshaninova ... Gipsy
Tamara Nosova ... Marya Kondratyevna
Nikita Podgorny ... Rakitin
Ivan Lapikov ... Lyagavyj
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The 1968 film shows Fedor Karamazov as a stingy old man, who's three sons are after his money. The Karamazov brothers, Dmitri, a gambler, Ivan, a thinker, and Aleksei, a monk, are living through their different problems. Ivan is trying to save the world by making a story of "The Great Inquisitor". Dmitri, who lost money in gambling, is begging his father to help him. But the father gives a lot of money to his mistress Grushenka. Written by Steve Shelokhonov

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Official submission of Soviet Union for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 42th Academy Awards in 1970. See more »

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Classic Russian adaptation.
15 September 2007 | by MozjoukineSee all my reviews

In a period where Russian film making was not distinguished, their classics adaptations were the peak achievements. Apparently the one film by Bolshoi dignitary Lavrov, who also plays Ivan, this Dostoievsky production makes a stagey first impression, not unlike co-director Pyryev's version of THE IDIOT, but this is a much better film.

Concepts like Lavrov's assertion, in the presence of the priests, that morality is a product of immortality or Dimitri's claim that Korkoshko has never forgiven him for proving more ethical than herself, when he refused to take advantage of her need for money, are set up in the best printed page tradition and then elaborated in a way that we are not used to seeing in film, even those drawing on their connection with serious literature. The film form does rise to demands like the gypsy singer party or the diabolical illusion but these are not the highlights. The work's strength is in putting on screen ideas and states of mind most makers would find too demanding.

Not blessed with subtlety and in fuzzy Sov Colour, visual trimmings are minimal - ducks splashing in a pond, singing monks, a windmill distant in the fog. The weight of the piece is carried by the distinctive cast performing the Dostoievski text full blast.

Respectable versions like the Fritz Kortner or Yul Bryner films, that try to compress the piece into normal feature length, are obliterated in any comparison.


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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

10 January 1969 (Soviet Union) See more »

Also Known As:

The Brothers Karamazov See more »

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Mosfilm See more »
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70 mm 6-Track

Color:

Color (Sovcolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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