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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


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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19 December 2005 (Russia) See more »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital
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Many scenes were filmed in St. Petersburg, Russia, although most of the series takes place in Moscow. Director Vladimir Bortko, who lives in St. Petersburg, decided in favor of it because, in his words, "St. Petersburg today still looks more like the 1930s Moscow". See more »


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Magic on the screen
6 February 2006 | by eugenep13See all my reviews

"Master and Margareth" has always been my favorite book. I have read a lot of books, and none of them had captivated and haunted me in such a way that I would read it again and again and again. It is one of the most unusual and mysterious books ever written in the 20th century. And, finally, there is a movie which is as close to the original as possible. To be honest, there is a lot of really bad movies made in Russia, and most of them are so dreadful that it should be made illegal to pocess them! "Master and Margareth" is a pleasant and distinguished exemption from the endless flood of utterly horrible junk which is called Russian film-making. I really loved the movie. The actors are great, digital photography and the special effects aren't so bad either. Of course, it could have always been better but Russian films never have the same budget as an average Hollywood flick. I enjoyed the way the movie turns from B&W to color and opposite. And the soundtrack is amazing. They should release it separately on a CD.

This long awaited version does not mean that you don't need to read the book. No matter how perfect the adaptation is (it is far above excellent in this case), it can never replace the original. If you've never read it, do yourself a favor and do it as soon as possible. If you had read it before, it is really worth giving it another go. If you do it once every 5-10 years, you will definitely find something new in it.

Finally, it has been released with English subtitles. It would not be really fair to all English speaking scholars, researchers and Bulgakov's lovers who otherwise wouldn't have been able to watch this masterpiece.

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