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Master i Margarita 

The devil and his attendants visit Moscow at the times of the Stalin regime. Official atheistic ideology confronts with a series of supernatural events.
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Series cast summary:
Aleksandr Abdulov ...  Koroviev 10 episodes, 2005
Oleg Basilashvili ...  Woland 9 episodes, 2005
Vano Miranyan ...  Behemoth the Cat 9 episodes, 2005
Semyon Furman ...  Behemoth the Cat / ... 9 episodes, 2005
Aleksandr Chaban ...  Investigator 9 episodes, 2005
Aleksandr Filippenko ...  Azazello 8 episodes, 2005
Valentin Gaft ...  Man in Uniform / ... 8 episodes, 2005
Vladislav Galkin ...  Ivan Bezdomny 7 episodes, 2005
Leonid Maksimov Leonid Maksimov ...  Investigator's Assistant 7 episodes, 2005
Dmitriy Poddubnyy 7 episodes, 2005
Anna Kovalchuk ...  Margarita 6 episodes, 2005
Kirill Lavrov ...  Pontius Pilate 6 episodes, 2005
Ilya Oleynikov ...  Rimsky 6 episodes, 2005
Valeriy Krupenikov Valeriy Krupenikov 6 episodes, 2005
Aleksandr Galibin ...  Master 5 episodes, 2005
Sergey Bezrukov ...  Ieshua Ha-Notsri 5 episodes, 2005
Tanya Yu ...  Gella 5 episodes, 2005
Liubomiras Laucevicius ...  Afranius 5 episodes, 2005
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Master and Margarita (2005) is a Menippean film based on the eponymous book by Mikhail A. Bulgakov. Set in Moscow under Stalin and in Jerusalem under Pilate, it has several story-lines where history, religion and politics are intertwined. The story of Master (Galibin), a talented author of a manuscript about the biblical Pontius Pilate, and Master's muse - Margarita (Kovalchuk), is paralleled by the biblical story of Ieshua in Ierushalaim, and the deceit of the cowardly ambiguous Pilate (Lavrov), whose character alludes to a Soviet leader. The reality is distorted by Satan - Woland (Basilashvili), and his lieutenants, who are manipulating public events and people's lives by pushing buttons of human weaknesses and sins. Margarita taps into Woland's power, trying to save Master. The character of Master is autobiographical, burning of his manuscript alludes to what Bulgakov himself did under threats from Soviet authorities. Written by Steve Shelokhonov

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Documentary black-and-white footage of the 1930s Moscow is included in the final episodes. See more »

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Version of The Master and Margarita (1990) See more »

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Faithfully made with an authentic feel
29 January 2012 | by wolandscatSee all my reviews

I have read M&M probably 10 times, the Michael Glenny English translation (the others are worthless). This series is a great effort to visualise Bulgakov's grand novel. It is immediately apparent that a series of short films is the best format, so good on the funders and producers for getting that right. Most scenes are just how I pictured them, which really says something for Bulgakov's powers of communication.

I really liked the cast. Initially I was very surprised at the 'old' Pilate (Kirill Lavrov - at 80!), but after 5 minutes of being mesmerised, I realised he must be one of Russia's greats (and indeed he is). Although his age is technically unrealistic for a Roman procurator of Judea, it is a masterclass in acting. Woland (Oleg Basilashvili) is a towering presence, just the right combination of menace and pathos. Kovalchuk certainly looks the part as Margarita - and I am not sure that she could have played her much differently: it is a difficult character to understand from the book, one whose actions but not thoughts are externalised.

Great music. Decent enough special effects & animatronics to cover the magic bits (some younger people will complain about them, but you are forgetting that good actors in a real theatre can make you believe anything, and there the sets are just painted wood). Overall the pace feels right. I think its an excellent overall effort.

Any true M&M fans will appreciate this work, and I am sure find it easy to ignore the small flaws.


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19 December 2005 (Russia) See more »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)
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