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The Countess Sofya, wife and muse to Leo Tolstoy, uses every trick of seduction on her husband's loyal disciple, whom she believes was the person responsible for Tolstoy signing a new will that leaves his work and property to the Russian people.Written by
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Love and be loved. That's the only reality there is in the world.
He said that?
Yes, Tolstoy said it, but l'm saying it.
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This kind of Hollywood trash has Tolstoy rolling in his grave.
It's like watching an extended American soap opera; just a bunch of ballyhoo and over-dramatic lovers' quarrels that focus obsessively on the question of who will retain the copyright to Tolstoy's works.
There's not even a single mention of Tolstoy's literary work and the film is bereft of any philosophy leading up to the Russian Revolution less than a decade later.
In this film, Vladimir Chertkov says to Tolstoy's Wife, "I would have blown my brains out. Or gone to America." After watching this movie, you'll likely prefer the former...
In short, this film is total drivel and an utter two hour waste of time.
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