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Master i Margarita 

The devil and his attendants visit Moscow at the times of the Stalin regime. Official atheistic ideology confronts with a series of supernatural events.




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Series cast summary:
Aleksandr Abdulov ...  Koroviev 10 episodes, 2005
Oleg Basilashvili ...  Woland 9 episodes, 2005
Vano Miranyan ...  Behemoth the Cat 9 episodes, 2005
Semyon Furman ...  Behemoth the Cat / ... 9 episodes, 2005
Aleksandr Chaban ...  Investigator 9 episodes, 2005
Aleksandr Filippenko ...  Azazello 8 episodes, 2005
Valentin Gaft ...  Man in Uniform / ... 8 episodes, 2005
Vladislav Galkin ...  Ivan Bezdomny 7 episodes, 2005
Leonid Maksimov Leonid Maksimov ...  Investigator's Assistant 7 episodes, 2005
Dmitriy Poddubnyy 7 episodes, 2005
Anna Kovalchuk ...  Margarita 6 episodes, 2005
Kirill Lavrov ...  Pontius Pilate 6 episodes, 2005
Ilya Oleynikov ...  Rimsky 6 episodes, 2005
Valeriy Krupenikov Valeriy Krupenikov 6 episodes, 2005
Aleksandr Galibin ...  Master 5 episodes, 2005
Sergey Bezrukov ...  Ieshua Ha-Notsri 5 episodes, 2005
Tanya Yu ...  Gella 5 episodes, 2005
Liubomiras Laucevicius ...  Afranius 5 episodes, 2005


Master and Margarita (2005) is a Menippean film based on the eponymous book by Mikhail A. Bulgakov. Set in Moscow under Stalin and in Jerusalem under Pilate, it has several story-lines where history, religion and politics are intertwined. The story of Master (Galibin), a talented author of a manuscript about the biblical Pontius Pilate, and Master's muse - Margarita (Kovalchuk), is paralleled by the biblical story of Ieshua in Ierushalaim, and the deceit of the cowardly ambiguous Pilate (Lavrov), whose character alludes to a Soviet leader. The reality is distorted by Satan - Woland (Basilashvili), and his lieutenants, who are manipulating public events and people's lives by pushing buttons of human weaknesses and sins. Margarita taps into Woland's power, trying to save Master. The character of Master is autobiographical, burning of his manuscript alludes to what Bulgakov himself did under threats from Soviet authorities. Written by Steve Shelokhonov

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19 December 2005 (Russia) See more »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital
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Many scenes were filmed in St. Petersburg, Russia, although most of the series takes place in Moscow. Director Vladimir Bortko, who lives in St. Petersburg, decided in favor of it because, in his words, "St. Petersburg today still looks more like the 1930s Moscow". See more »


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Unfortunately, Margarita here is the weakest link!
23 January 2006 | by carpediem76See all my reviews

It should not be "surprising" that people like Basilashvili play well. They are GREAT ACTORS. However, although I respect and believe Basilashvili's choice in approaching Woland's character, I see the devil a little kinder and more alive. I also think that Abdulov, along with Fillipenko were the strongest players in the series. They portrayed their characters just as the book intended to present them.

The cat played Sharikov more than he played clumsy and somewhat cute Begimot.

But the biggest failure of the story was, in my opinion, Kovalchuk. Grunting and flaring of the nostrils does not necessarily indicate great acting. She did not grasp the essence of Margarita and that is a great shame!!! She is a lovely woman but has no emotional range to play such fragile characters.

Overall, very good film!

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