Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Khovanschina (1959)

Academy Awards, USA 1962

Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture
Dmitri Shostakovich

Artkino Pictures
Directed by Vera Stroyeva
My rating: 2 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia

More or less faithful adaptation of the Mussorgsky opera concerning a revolt against the ruling Tzars in the 17th century. It will take some preparatory study to fully understand the political and historical context, but basically a Russian prince and his Orthodox religious allies rebel against the modern reformations of the rulers of the day. Add some melodramatic and supernatural elements, and have it all end in a fiery mass suicide, and well, you've got a filmed opera, just not exactly riveting cinematic material.

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