Synopsis by Sandra Brennan
This is the Russian version of Leo Tolstoy's classic tale of a young peasant woman Katya Maslova who is placed on trial for murder. On the jury is a young prince Nekhlyudov who suddenly remembers how he seduced her 10 years before when she was a servant in his aunts' house. When he impregnated her, he left her with his aunts while he returned to his profession. Meanwhile, the socially conscious aunts sent her away. The child died and the girl was forced to become a prostitute. At the trial she is found guilty and sentenced to four years hard labor; the prince invokes his power and demands an appeal. He then proposes to her, but she rejects him because she blames him for all her problems. After a while in prison, she decides she'd better be nice to the prince who gets her a lighter sentence. Soon she finds she likes the politics of prison and decides that she'd rather remain exiled than give up her new ideals. Originally shown in two parts, the first of which was released in 1960.
memory, abandonment, appeal, aunt, career, child, exile, forbidden-love, ideals, jury, killing, labor [work], love, past, politician, pregnancy, prince, prison, problems, proposal [romantic], prostitute/prostitution, resurrection, romance, sentence [penal system], Summer, tragic-love, trial [courtroom]