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Mussorgsky (Story of Boris Godunov)

Original title
Musorgskiy (Mussorgsky) (Story of Boris Godunov)
Year
Running time
120 min.
Country
Soviet Union  (USSR) Soviet Union (USSR)
Director
Screenwriter
Grigori Roshal, Anna Abramova
Cinematography
Mikhail Magid, Lev Sokolsky (B&W)
Cast
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Producer
Lenfilm Studio
Genre
Drama | Biography. 19th Century
Synopsis / Plot
Saint Petersburg, 1858. A group of composers known as The Five meet at Balakirev's. Young Modest Mussorgsky, both a civil servant and a musician, has become a fixture there. He tells about the first opera he plans to compose. Then he goes to the country where he discovers the lowly conditions of the peasants and the bloody conflicts with the rich land owners. He works on Gogol's 'The Marriage', trying to render into music the natural accents of the play's naturalistic dialogue. But his efforts do not pan out. On the other hand, he starts writing his opera on the story of Boris Godunov. The Marinsky Theatre refuses to stage the work. The Five, and Mussorgsky among them, are libeled and the group starts disintegrating. When 'Boris Godunov' is finally performed in 1874, it is a popular success
Awards
1949: Cannes: Best Art Direction (Abram Veksler, Nikolai Suvorov)
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