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59 Ratings

Boris Godounov

Directed by Andrzej Żuławski
Spain, Yugoslavia, 1989
Drama, Musical


After the assassination of the young Tsarevich, Boris Godunov is brought to power by the boyars. He is a lonely man, devoured by guilt. He is slowly falling into madness, while the people are dying of hunger.

Boris Godounov Directed by Andrzej Żuławski

Critics reviews

I haven’t talked much about the film’s narrative because, as is often the case with Zulawski, it isn’t very clear. One feels somehow the subtitler is falling down on the job, but it may just be the overload of visual and musical stimuli leave the viewer with only a handful of neurons free for assembling events into sequence, filling in ellipses, remembering which bearded goofball is which. Mostly one reels at the Ivan-the-Terrible-on-acid aesthetic.
March 03, 2016
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The result is a thrilling, challenging, occasionally perverse but undeniably cinematic version of the greatest of Russian operas.
July 31, 2015

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