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Master i Margarita (1994)

Master and Margarita (1994) is based on the eponymous book by Mikhail A. Bulgakov. The film is set in the 1930s Moscow under Stalin and in Jerusalem under Pilate, and has several ... See full summary »

Director:

Yuriy Kara

Writers:

Mikhail A. Bulgakov (novel), Yuriy Kara
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Viktor Rakov ... Master
Anastasiya Vertinskaya ... Margarita
Nikolay Burlyaev ... Ieshua
Mikhail Ulyanov ... Pontiy Pilat
Valentin Gaft ... Voland
Aleksandr Filippenko ... Korovev
Vladimir Steklov ... Azazello
Viktor Pavlov ... Begemot
Aleksandra Zakharova ... Gella
Sergey Garmash ... Ivan Bezdomnyy
Mikhail Danilov ... Berlioz
Leonid Kuravlyov ... Bosoy
Vladimir Kashpur ... Bufetchik
Lev Durov ... Leviy Matvey
Vyacheslav Shalevich ... Kaifa
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Storyline

Master and Margarita (1994) is based on the eponymous book by Mikhail A. Bulgakov. The film is set in the 1930s Moscow under Stalin and in Jerusalem under Pilate, and has several story-lines that are intertwined. Master (Rakov) is a talented writer in Moscow working on a manuscript about the biblical Jesus (Burlyayev) and Pontius Pilate (Ulyanov). Authorities in Moscow are harassing Master by surveillance and intimidation. Victimized by their harassment, Master throws his manuscript into the fire, before he is locked up in a mental clinic. His assistant and Muse Margarita (Vertinskaya) uses the supernatural powers of Woland (Gaft), trying to help Master. The character of Master is thought to be autobiographical, burning of his manuscript alludes to what Bulgakov himself did under threats from Soviet authorities. Written by Steve Shelokhonov

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Samyy misticheskiy film o lyubvi na vse vremena (The most mystical film about love of all time) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy

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Country:

Russia

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

7 April 2011 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

Mistrz i Malgorzata See more »

Filming Locations:

Arbat, Moscow, Russia See more »

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Runtime:

| (director's cut) | (festival cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A public showing of the movie was arranged at Moscow Film Festival in 2006, twelve years after its filming. See more »

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Version of Mistrz i Malgorzata (1990) See more »

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Awesome characters, and so true to the book.
16 January 2007 | by cubbi-1See all my reviews

I've never been a big fan of Bulgakov (And to every "proper" Russian who just called me an uneducated ignoramus, I have a PhD, thank you.). His novels use simple science fiction or mystic plots to carry overbearing doses of caustic satire, making fun of the Soviet way of life. Master and Margaret, his most famous novel, which was faithfully followed by the creators of this movie, talks about Satan visiting 1930's Moscow from what seems to be idle curiosity, allowing his minions pull all sort of pranks on the greedy, dishonest, cowardly, and hypocritical soviet citizens of all levels. But there's more to this one story than satire - we meet two characters that aren't your cookie-cutter soviets. Master, who, with his artistic vision, perceives the true story of Jesus Crist and Pontius Pilate, and Margaret, who loves Master and suffers for him. Besides being amazingly true to the book, this 1994 movie version brought together some of the most talented actors of the soviet era, from Gaft as Satan to Durov as St. Matthew. And the entire cast, old and new, managed to feel the responsibility of playing one of the greatest Soviet novels of the 20th century, and so they've put on a great performance. The characters are so vivid, sometimes it feels like a theater play rather than a movie, but, in this setting, it works. The only things I didn't like were technical items, such as effects and, in some places sound editing or camera was lacking.. but it's understandable considering the difficult post-soviet times when this was made. (oh, and avoid the horribly cut 2-hour version)


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