09 20 Oct '24
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Vera Stroyeva

Boris Godunov

110' - 1954 - Drama - Dialogue: Russian
Director: Vera Stroyeva With: Aleksandr Pirogov, Nikandr Khanayev, Georgi Nelepp
Whether as Pushkin's play, or as Mussorgsky's opera (derived in the main from Pushkin), Boris Godunov has a central place in Russian Culture. Not at least in its cinema, for the first Russian feature film (1907) was a version of the Pushkin tragedy. It was more or less inevitable then, that when Soviet Cinema in the 1950's was casting around for subjects that were ideologically approved, Mussorgsky's opera should present itself as a possibility. Vera Stroyeva cut and reordered the libretto to suit the requirements of cinema, which makes this film not a mere recreation of some staged performance, but a genuinely cinematic version.

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Vera Stroyeva


Aleksandr Pirogov, Nikandr Khanayev, Georgi Nelepp


Vera Stroyeva, Modest Mussorgsky, Alexander Pushkin

Director of Photography

Vladimir Nikolayev, Sergei Poluyanov


Anna Ovsyannikova

Non-original music

Modest Mussorgsky

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Countries of production

Union soviétique

Screenplay based on

"Boris Godunov" (Alexander Pushkin)



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