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 ... See full summary »
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...  Koroviev 10 episodes, 2005
...  Woland 9 episodes, 2005
...  Behemoth the Cat 9 episodes, 2005
...  Behemoth the Cat / ... 9 episodes, 2005
...  Investigator 9 episodes, 2005
...  Azazello 8 episodes, 2005
...  Man in Uniform / ... 8 episodes, 2005
...  Ivan Bezdomny 7 episodes, 2005
Leonid Maksimov ...  Investigator's Assistant 7 episodes, 2005
Dmitriy Poddubnyy 7 episodes, 2005
...  Margarita 6 episodes, 2005
...  Pontius Pilate 6 episodes, 2005
...  Rimsky 6 episodes, 2005
Valeriy Krupenikov 6 episodes, 2005
...  Master 5 episodes, 2005
...  Ieshua Ha-Notsri 5 episodes, 2005
...  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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In the original Russian version of the series, the voice of Alexandr Galibin's character Master is actually dubbed by Sergei Bezrukov, who plays Ieshua Ha-Notsri (Jesus). See more »

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Excellent tribute to the book by Bulgakov
24 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

OK i read this book and was curious to see the movie to see what they would.

I had seen many Russian series before this and was generally unimpressed as i think they spent all the money on the cars and not anything else.

Furthermore Goblin and a few other reviewers and critics i read were generally so so on it.

So i was incredibly surprised to find how well they pulled this off. Its not an issue of "accuracy" (even though an acquaintances mother who is a teacher of literature in Russia and read this 20 times cover to cover was very satisfied) it is an issue of originality. The black and white to color switches, the acting, the actors, the music i found it really well done as well it should be since it is so well loved in Russia.

Really they put in the effort and i was generally pleased with the result. Again not due to "accuracy" or inaccuracy, as that is impossible to do with certain films but with the originality and what i thought was quality film making.

Btw, when Kot Begemot turned into the guy who plays Stira in ShtrafBat, my jaw dropped seeing as that was the person with the "cat eyes" who i pictured when i read Master and Bulgakov described him.

10 stars is an understatement.


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