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The film is based on the musical recording of the famous opera by Modest Mussorgsky about the tragic events surrounding the ruling of the Russian tsar Boris in the early 17th century. The... See more »


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Boris Godounov
Kenneth Riegel ...
Le prince Chouisky
Bernard Lefort ...
Wyatscheslaw Polozov ...
Grigory (voice)
Pavel Slabý ...
Le moine Grigori (le faux Dimitri) / L'innocent
Paul Plishka ...
Pimène (voice)
Delphine Forest ...
Marina Mnichek
Marina Mnichek / L'aubergiste (voice)
Zoran Cvijanovic
L'innocent (voice)
Misha Raitzin ...
(singingVoice) (as Micha Raitzin)
Xenia (as Caroline Carr)
Uros Aleksandric
Mahew Adam Fish ...
Fyodor (voice)
Lajos Miller ...
Andrej Scelkalov (voice)
Vukasin Savic ...
Andrej Scelkalov
Richard Cowan
Tomislav Boric
Thomas Booth ...
Ljubica Zivkovic
Mira Zakai ...
Ljubomir Strgacic
Nikita Ztorojev ...
Miodrag Jovanovic
Malcolm Smith ...
Kornelije Soloveastru
Stefan Szkafarowsky ...
Ratomir Kliskic
Dagoslav Ilic
Nikolaj Zlicar
Jacques Trigeau ...
Stevica Jovicevic
Thierry Pastor ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Romuald Tesarowicz ...

Directed by

Andrzej Zulawski

Written by

Alexander Pushkin ... (libretto) (as Alexandre Pouchkine)
Modest Mussorgsky ... (libretto) (uncredited)
Andrzej Zulawski ... (scenario) (uncredited)

Produced by

Claude Abeille ... producer
Daniel Toscan du Plantier ... executive producer / producer
Andjelija Vlaisavljevic ... line producer

Cinematography by

Pierre-Laurent Chénieux
Andrzej J. Jaroszewicz ... (as Andrzej Jaroszewicz)

Film Editing by

Marie-Sophie Dubus

Production Design by

Nikolay Dvigubskiy
Vlastimir Gavrik

Costume Design by

Magdalena Biernawska-Teslawska

Makeup Department

Michel Deruelle ... makeup designer
Sandra Ivatovic ... assistant makeup artist
Jasmina Lilic ... key makeup artist
Radmila Todorovic ... makeup artist

Production Management

Farid Chaouche ... production manager
Bojan Maljevic ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Slobodan Ivetic ... assistant director
Patrick Poubel ... assistant director

Sound Department

Dominique Hennequin ... sound
Michel Lepage ... sound
Guy Level ... sound
Jonathan Liebling ... foley artist
Jacques Thomas-Gérard ... adr mixer / foley mixer

Camera and Electrical Department

Berto ... camera operator (as Gilbert Lecluyse)
Georges Pierre ... still photographer

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Marina Skundric ... wardrobe

Music Department

Amy Antonelli ... repetiteur: The Choral Arts Society of Washington
Washington Chorus ... chorus (as The Oratorio Society of Washington)
Rolf Feichtinger ... musical consultant
Joan Gregoryk ... chorus master: Chevy Chase Elementary School Chorus
David Lloyd-Jones ... musical director
Modest Mussorgsky ... music by (as Modeste Moussorgsky)
National Symphony Orchestra ... orchestra (as National Symphony Orchestra de Washington)
Mstislav Rostropovich ... conductor (as Mustslav Rostropovitch)
Norman Scribner ... musical director: The Choral Arts Society of Washington
Robert Shafer ... musical director: The Oratorio Society of Washington

Other crew

Jean-Pierre Brossmann ... artistic consultant: Disque Erato
Sonja Lapatanov ... choreographer: Le Ballet du Theatre National de Belgrade

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Plot Summary

The film is based on the musical recording of the famous opera by Modest Mussorgsky about the tragic events surrounding the ruling of the Russian tsar Boris in the early 17th century. The recording was actually made two years before the filming with the participation of the Washington Symphony Orchestra (conducted by Mstislav Rostropovich) and several opera stars (the part of Marina is sung by Galina Vishnevskaya). Zulawski made the film just as we would be watching the theatrical performance. Then we are going through the sets and, finally, we notice the film crew. The director deliberately filled the picture with a plenty of anachronisms making the implications on the Soviet history and the other dictatorships of the 20th century. Written by Yuri German

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Also Known As
  • Boris Godunov (Spain)
  • Borys Godunow (Poland)
  • Борис Годунов (Russia)
  • Boris Godunov
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  • 115 min
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Trivia The character of "Xenia" is Tsar Boris' daughter in the Opera. The director wanted to spice up Boris' character and changed Xenia into one of his servants who becomes his mistress, but when wealth and luxury send her mad, she betrays him, precipitating his downfall. The producers, and especially the conductor, were so offended when they came on the set to witness Xenia depicted as a half-crazed woman living in luxury, they insisted the role be cut-down. However, since most of the role had been shot with the lead, they couldn't cut it out entirely, so the audience can catch glimpses of a young woman, looking different in every scene, hanging around Boris for no particular reason. It was not enough to tone the controversy down: the purists felt that the director meant to portray Boris as incestuous, and the producers sided with them against the director in the press, ultimately disowned the film and kept its release to a strict minimum. Kaline Carr as Xenia is generally not mentioned in the credits, although she was widely mentioned in the press as such and is on one of the posters for the film with Ruggero Raimondi (Boris). See more »

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