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Zvezda plenitelnogo schastya (1975)

In December 1825, distinguished members of the Russian military, most of whom were quite affluent and of noble lineage, took it upon themselves to stir revolution against the autocratic and... See full summary »

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... Trubetskoy
... Volkonskaya
... Volkonsky
... Gebl-Annenkova
... Annenkov
Lev Ivanov ... Rayevsky
... Rayevskaya
Tatyana Pankova ... Annenkova
... Ryleyev (as O.Yankovskiy)
Tatyana Fyodorova ... Ryleyeva (as T.Fyodorova)
... Pestel (as A.Porokhovshchikov)
... Kahovsky (as V.Kostetsky)
... Nikolai I (as V.Livanov)
... Tsejdler (as I.Smoktunovskiy)
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In December 1825, distinguished members of the Russian military, most of whom were quite affluent and of noble lineage, took it upon themselves to stir revolution against the autocratic and tyrannical Czar Nikolai I in the wake of his not honoring (or even acknowledging) the drafting of a constitution for the Russian people. The revolution failed miserably and the conspirators (known as the Decembrists) were weeded out by the czar himself. One by one, each of the conspirators confess and are systematically exiled to the harsh winters of Siberia, slated to work and wither in a prison/mine. The wives of the conspirators are faced with the prospect of leaving the bosom of wealth and family (including their own children) to be with their husbands in the brutal Siberian locale. If they agree to this, they face having their illustrious social stations stripped away and certain disdain from everyone around them. Among these remarkable women is a princess exiled from France who falls in love ... Written by thustlebird

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A film dedicated to the women of Russia.

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10 November 1975 (Soviet Union)  »

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The title of the film (literally: "The Star of Captivating Happiness") is a quotation from a poem by Alexander Pushkin. The poem reads, "While we are inflamed by freedom, / While our hearts live for honor, / My friend, let us devote to the fatherland / The fine impulses of our spirits, / Have faith, my friend: it will arise, / The star of captivating happiness / Will awaken Russia from its slumber, / And on the ruins of autocracy / They will inscribe our names!" See more »

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Annenkova: How could my rake of a son find such a jewel of a woman? Even if she is French!
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Kavalergardy
("Cavalierguards")
Written by Isaac Schwarts and Bulat Okudzhava
Performed by Vladimir Kachan
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Fine Soviet Era Historical Drama.
4 July 2007 | by See all my reviews

First, note that this 1975 drama is now available on DVD in Region 1. I was fortunate to find it at our public library.

The plot summary here does an excellent job of describing the story. Briefly, the story centers on the mutiny by a number of Russian army officers who tried-unsuccessfully- to overthrown the tyrannical and absolutist Tsarist regime in Russia in 1825. Called the Decembrists, these men were highly influenced by the 18th century European Enlightenment and specially by the rise of ideas of constitutional government in other American and European states.

They failed miserably to change the Russian government. All were captured. Indeed, the threat they posed confirmed the new Tsar, Nicholas I, in his reactionary attitude. He and his regime spent the next 30 years eradicating any semblance of reform in his regime.

Interestingly, this film was made under the auspices of the Soviet government in the mid-1970s.{ That same regime also allowed the making of the best version of Tolstoy's "War and Peace" a few years earlier.} The Soviet government seem to have identified the Decembrists as precursors to their own successful revolution nearly a century later in 1917-1918, even those those precursors were aristocrats.

The movie is really divided into two parts. First, it recounts the unsuccessful uprising and its immediate after-effects, and then tells of the exile to the far reaches of Siberia for those mutineers who were not hanged. At this point the story shifts to emphasize the wives of these officers who followed their husbands into distant exile.

This is an excellent film for those interested in Russian history. And it combines the historical significance of the revolt with the effects on the private lives of these officers and their families.


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