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Maschenka (1987)

A story about true love, set in the Berlin of the 1920s. In a shabby lodging-house inhabited by a number of faintly ludicrous characters, the young Russian exile Ganin is unexpectedly confronted with his past.

Director:

John Goldschmidt

Writers:

John Mortimer, Vladimir Nabokov (novel)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Irina Brook ... Maschenka
Cary Elwes ... Ganin
Sunnyi Melles ... Lilli
Jonathan Coy ... Alferov
Freddie Jones ... Podtyagin
Michael Gough ... Vater
Jean-Claude Brialy ... Kolin
Lena Stolze Lena Stolze ... Klara
Eva Lissa Eva Lissa ... Frau Dorn
Vernon Dobtcheff ... Yasha
Constantine Gregory ... Pyotr
Richard Feiner Richard Feiner ... Alec (as Richard Thomas Feiner)
Anthony J. Messina Anthony J. Messina ... Tenor (as Antonio Messina)
Elisabeth Degen Elisabeth Degen ... Ina
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Caroline Redl Caroline Redl ... Lida
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Storyline

A story about true love, set in the Berlin of the 1920s. In a shabby lodging-house inhabited by a number of faintly ludicrous characters, the young Russian exile Ganin is unexpectedly confronted with his past.

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Country:

West Germany | UK | France | Finland

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 November 1987 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Mashenka See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

This film is based on Vladimir Nabokov's first novel "Mashen'ka", which was written in Russian and published in 1926 when Nabokov was living in Berlin. "Mashen'ka" contained autobiographical descriptions of his first serious romance and of the family estate (also described in the autobiography "Speak, Memory"). "Mashen'ka" was also derived from his earlier, abandoned novel "Happiness". See more »

Connections

Version of Nabokov, Mashenka (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Silent Movie
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Music by Elias Kreuzmair
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better than novel
2 May 2003 | by ay9aSee all my reviews

It is about a young man escaping from revolutionary Russia, leaving his memory of the beautiful country together with the memory of his first love. It questions the meaning of love: what is it that one wants when a person is in love? What is it for?

This film is better than the original novel by Nabokov. (But take it into account that I saw the movie first, then read the novel. At least the movie was beautiful enough to make me read the book.) I do not understand why such a good movie, (and very accessible to anyone) is not available in video or DVD in USA.

The only drawback of the movie is that everybody in Russia and Germany (where the story takes place) is speaking English.


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