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18 Ratings

The Idiot


Directed by Ivan Pyryev
Soviet Union, 1958


Upon Prince Myshkin’s return to St. Petersburg from an asylum in Switzerland, he becomes beguiled by the lovely young Aglaya, daughter of a wealthy father. But his deepest emotion is for the wanton, Nastasia. The choices all are forced to make leads to great tragedy.

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The Idiot Directed by Ivan Pyryev

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  • Karl J. Kipling's rating of the film The Idiot

    Another doomed Idiot. At the 40-minute mark I began to wonder: this two-hour film was still only in the early pages of the book. It turns out that Pyryev was only able to shoot the first part of Dostoevsky's novel, so Rogozhin and Nastasia racing away by sleigh through the snowy night is how the film ends. So it goes. This is a lurid, theatrical film, not at all bad: but no candle to Kurosawa's crippled masterwork.

  • Dzimas's rating of the film The Idiot

    What makes this film worth watching is the theatrical sense Pyriev gives to the novel, which is in keeping with the spirit of Dostoevsky. Unfortunately, it is not complete. Apparently, Yakovelv had a nervous breakdown in playing the role of Myshkin. No kidding.

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