Boris Godounov Trailer

Boris Godounov Trailer (1989)

20 December 1989 Drama, Music 115 mins

Zulawski tackles Modest Mussorgsky’s famous opera about the bloody battle for ascendancy to the throne of Russia in the 17th-century! With a score conducted by Mstislav Rostropovich, Zulawski adds extra layers of devilish meta-textual embellishment by composing the film’s imagery as though we are watching a theater piece of a film crew making a movie about the opera of “Boris Godounov”! As well, the picture is full of delightful anachronisms that mock the then-contemporary Russian government, alongside jabs at other 20th-century dictatorships. So incensed was Rostropovich by Zulawski’s juiced final product — one that took liberties with the narrative’s sexual thrust, amongst other things — that he (unsucessfully) took Zulawski to court for “the violation of the Russian soul”! “Impressive in its use of whirling camera movements as well as mega close-ups of the contracted faces of its singers, ‘Boris Godounov’ is one of the most original opera movies ever made”

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Ruggero Raimondi

as Boris Godounov

Kenneth Riegel

as Le prince Chouisky

Pavel Slabý

as Le moine Grigori (le faux Dimitri) / L'innocent

Wyatscheslaw Polozov

as Grigory (voice)

Bernard Lefort

as Pimène

Paul Plishka

as Pimène (voice)

Delphine Forest

as Marina Mnichek

Galina Vishnevskaya

as Marina Mnichek / L'aubergiste (voice)

Anne-Marie Pisani

as L'aubergiste

Nikita Storojew

as Rangoni (voice)

Nicolai Gedda

as L'innocent (voice)

Kaline Carr

as Xenia (as Caroline Carr)

Catherine Dubosc

as Xenia (voice)

Mahew Adam Fish

as Fyodor (voice)

Lajos Miller

as Andrej Scelkalov (voice)


Andrzej Żuławski

Andrzej Żuławski Scenario Writer

Daniel Toscan du Plantier

Daniel Toscan du Plantier Executive Producer

Pierre-Laurent Chénieux

Pierre-Laurent Chénieux Director of Photography

Andrzej Jaroszewicz

Andrzej Jaroszewicz Director of Photography

Nikolay Dvigubskiy

Nikolay Dvigubskiy Production Design

Vlastimir Gavrik

Vlastimir Gavrik Production Design

Michel Deruelle

Michel Deruelle Makeup Artist

Sandra Ivatovic

Sandra Ivatovic Makeup Artist

Jasmina Lilic

Jasmina Lilic Makeup Artist

Radmila Todorovic

Radmila Todorovic Makeup Artist

Farid Chaouche

Farid Chaouche Production Manager

International Titles

Boris Godunov Trailer

International Releases Dates

France 20 December 1989

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