Boris Godunov (1954)

Genres - Musical, Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Film-Opera  |   Run Time - 105 min.  |   Countries - USA, USSR  |  
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Russian filmmaker Vera Stroyeva specialized in a cinematic adaptations of famous operas. One of the most successful of these was her 1955 film version of Mussorgsky and Pushkin's Boris Godunov. Stroyeva's adaptation deftly streamlines the story of a Russian czar whose life is placed in jeopardy by a pretender to his throne. A. Pirogov sings the title role, while G. Nellep provides vocal and visual menace as the "False Dmitri". The use of a color process known as Magicolor adds just the right touch of theatrical artificiality to the pomp-and-splendor proceedings. Boris Godunov was released in the US in 1959, at a time when the only Russian most Americans were concerned with was named not Boris but Nikita.

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against-all-odds, court [law], Czar, music, opera, opposite, oppression, palace, Polish [nationality], revolution, Russia, songwriter, war