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Azazel (2002)

A mini-series based on the novel of the same name by Boris Akunin.


Boris Akunin (novel), Boris Akunin (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ilya Noskov Ilya Noskov ... Erast Petrovich Fandorin
Marina Neyolova ... Lady Esther
Sergey Bezrukov ... Ivan Frantsevich Brilling
Larisa Borushko Larisa Borushko ... Amaliya Kazimirovna Bezhetskaya
Sergey Chonishvili ... Ippolit Aleksandrovich Zurov
Marina Aleksandrova ... Lizanka von Evert-Kolokoltseva
Kirill Pirogov ... Akhtyrtsev
Oleg Basilashvili ... Lavrenty Arkadyevich Mizinov
Ewa Szykulska ... Emma Gottliebovna Pful
Feliks Antipov Feliks Antipov ... Grushin
Dmitri Burkhankin Dmitri Burkhankin ... Kokorin
Yuri Avsharov Yuri Avsharov ... Georg
Aleksandr Orlovskiy Aleksandr Orlovskiy ... Cunningham
Vasiliy Kupriyanov ... Evert-Kolokoltsev
Valentin Golubenko ... Klaus


A mini-series based on the novel of the same name by Boris Akunin.

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Release Date:

10 March 2002 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

Azazel nevében See more »

Filming Locations:

Czech Republic See more »

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When Lady Esther shows baron Evert-Kokoltsev kids playing in laboratory, there is a Wimshurst machine on the table. However, this contraption was developed after 1880 while the movie is set in 1875. Distinctive oblong inserts show that this is machine of Wimshurst's design, not the period-appropriate generator designed by Holtz or Toepler. See more »


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Very Enjoyable Adaptation of an Excellent Book
20 August 2005 | by Galina_movie_fanSee all my reviews

Based on Boris Akunin's novel 'Azazel' (English title 'The Winter Queen') set in Moscow in 1876. Boris Akunin is the pen name of Grigory Chkhartishvili, who was born in the republic of Georgia in 1956; he is a philologist, critic, essayist, and translator from Japanese. I recently read and enjoyed "The Temple of the Golden Pavilion" by Yukio Mishima translated by Chkhartishvili.

Chkhartishvili published his first detective stories (using the pen name Boris Akunin) in 1998 and in a very short time has become one of the most widely read authors in Russia. He has written nine Erast Fandorin novels to date, and is working on two other series as well. I am an avid fan of all three Akunin's series: about Erast Fandorin; about the Nun - PI Pelagiya (three books), and the newest one - about Nicolas Fandorin, the grandson of Erast.

Akunin enjoys almost legendary popularity in Russia. He lives in Moscow. In 'Azazel', the first and IMO, the best in Erast Fandorin series, a young police officer - Erast Fandorin - works on his first case - an odd suicide of a rich young man which leads Fandorin to the global and very dangerous conspiracy.

The film is an interesting and very enjoyable adaptation of an excellent book. The script was written by Akunin himself and adapts very well to the screen. The film was made in Nikita Mikhalkov's Studio by Mikhalkov's long time collaborator's Aleksandr Adabashyan. Visually, "Azazel" is absolute delight, literally letting the images of Old Moscow become one of the film's main characters and attractions. The acting was good (Marina Neelova as Lady Ester was excellent; and the rest of cast all seemed to enjoy working in this project).

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