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Khovanschina (1959)

Khovanshchina (original title)
An opera about the Moscow uprising of 1682. Reacting against Westernization, boyar Ivan Khovansky raises a rebellion against regent Sofia Alekseyevna and the two young Tsars Peter I and Ivan V.


Vera Stroyeva


Anna Abramova, Dmitri Shostakovich (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »


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Credited cast:
Aleksey Krivchenya Aleksey Krivchenya ... knyaz Ivan Khovanskiy (as A. Krivchenya)
Anton Grigoryev Anton Grigoryev ... knyaz Andrey Khovanskiy (as A. Grigoryev)
Aleksei Maslennikov Aleksei Maslennikov ... Kuzka (as A. Maslennikov)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Daniel Bedrosyan Daniel Bedrosyan ... Strelets (as D. Bedrosyan)
Sergey Bekasov Sergey Bekasov ... Podachiy (as S. Bekasov)
Tikhon Chernyakov Tikhon Chernyakov ... klevret knyaziya Golitsyna (as T. Chernyakov)
Yuriy Dementyev Yuriy Dementyev ... boyarin Streshnev (as Yu. Dementyev)
Filipp Fokin Filipp Fokin ... Varsonofyev (as F. Fokin)
L. Gavrilyuk L. Gavrilyuk ... Streletskaya zhena
Vladimir Gavryushov Vladimir Gavryushov ... Strelets (as V. Gavryushov)
Fyodor Godovkin Fyodor Godovkin ... Prishlyy chelovek (as F. Godovkin)
Yuriy Gorbunov Yuriy Gorbunov ... Strelets (as Yu. Gorbanov)
Liliya Gritsenko ... Susanna (as L. Gritsenko)
V. Gromova V. Gromova ... Emma
Ivan Ionov Ivan Ionov ... Prishlyy chelovek (as I. Ionov)


An opera about the Moscow uprising of 1682. Reacting against Westernization, boyar Ivan Khovansky raises a rebellion against regent Sofia Alekseyevna and the two young Tsars Peter I and Ivan V.

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Soviet Union



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14 November 1959 (Soviet Union) See more »

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Mosfilm See more »
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2.35 : 1
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Overall, this is the best Khovanschina I've seen, unfortunately it is not easy to find
10 September 2012 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

I have been enjoying this film from 1959 on an old VHS for some time now, but the quality of the video is very quickly fading due to so much watching. Sadly, this Khovanshchina is very difficult to find, and if there is a performance of the opera that does deserve to be on DVD, it's this one. As much as I did love the Vienna and Bolshoi productions, I don't put them in the same league as this one. I do agree that giving Shaklovity's aria to somebody else undermines Shaklovity's character to just a schemer when he is more than that. Other than that, the film is great. It is handsomely mounted, some of the settings are really stunning, and the staging is compelling and moving, despite half of it being cut Dosifei's Act 5 aria really resonated with me here. Stroyeva's direction is superb, making the most of the splendid locations and the direction of the actors. Musically, it is impeccable, the many hauntingly sombre parts of Khovanshchina are played with authority and pathos. The actors do much to make their roles interesting, that of Shaklovity still gives menace. The singing is sonorous, commanding and often very beautiful. Of the overall performances, the standout is Mark Reizen as Dosifei, his singing and acting are both noble and incredibly affecting especially in Act 5. All in all, this Khovanshchina is really wonderful, but it is deserving of a DVD. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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