2009, regia di Vladimir Bortko
Scheda: Nazione: Russia - Produzione: Central Partnership, Telekanal Rossiya - Distribuzione: Central Partnership - Soggetto: dall'omonimo romanzo di Nikolai Gogol' - Sceneggiatura: Vladimir Bortko, Igor Mityushin - Fotografia: Dmitrii Mass, Arunas Baraznauskas - Art Direction: Sergey Yakutovich, Vladimir Svetozarov, Marina Nikolaeva - Costumi: Ekaterina Shapkaits - Musiche: Igor Kornelyuk - Effetti speciali: Timur Saitgarajev, FB-FX - Formato: Color - Durata: 129'.
Cast: Bogdan Stupka, Igor Petrenko, Vladimir Vdovichenkov, Magdalena Mielcarz, Mikhail Boyarsky, Vladimir Ilyin, Yuri Belyayev, Ada Rogovtseva, Boris Khmelnitsky, Daniel Olbrychski, Eduard Cenzor, Sergei Dontsov, Liubomiras Lauciavicius, Ekaterina Novikova, Sergei Russkin, Ostap Stupka, Sergey Bezrukov (narratore).
Trama e commenti: it.wikipedia.org: «Taras Bulba (in russo: Тарас Бульба) è un film del 2009 diretto da Vladimir Bortko, basato sull'omonimo romanzo di Nikolaj Gogol'. Il film è stato girato in diversi luoghi dell'Ucraina, come Zaporija, Hotin e Kamjanec'-Podil's'kij così come anche in Polonia. Il rilascio ufficiale è stato spostato più volte, in un primo momento per la primavera del 2008, ma alla fine è stato rilasciato il 2 aprile 2009, in coincidenza con il bicentenario di Gogol'».
Plot Summary, Synopsis, Review: IMDb - allmovie.com - en.wikipedia.org - twitchfilm.net - pffamerica.com - readrussia.com - foriegnmoviesddl.com - russianfilm.blogspot.com - cinema.rin.ru - eyeweekly.com - kino-teatr.ru - rusfilm.pitt.edu: «Vladimir Bortko, best known before making Taras Bulba for his literary adaptations of Bulgakov and Dostoevsky, was commissioned to create his latest film, an adaptation of Gogol', by the state-funded television channel, Rossiia. Intended from its conception to be a blockbuster with mass appeal, the film (which had a $20 million budget) was released on Gogol's 200th birthday with massive fanfare; mounted Cossacks patrolled outside the premier at Kinoteatr Oktiabr', there was a tie-in show at Russian Fashion Week, and even a video game spin-off was released. Economically, the film - which opened in 600 theatres in Russia and Ukraine - did not disappoint, recouping its expenses and then some. Taras Bulba is the story of a Cossack (Bulba, played by Bogdan Stupka) who leads a revolt against the Polish occupiers of Ukraine. When his son, Andrei (Igor' Petrenko), betrays their cause out of love for a beautiful Polish princess, Bulba is forced to choose between his love for his son and his love for his nation. Largely because of the courage, self-sacrifice, and honor which are pictured to be inherent in all true Cossacks, this is really no choice at all. This story, which evokes all of the myth-making heroism and pathos that could be expected from such a romantic nationalist narrative, is joined by a rehearsal of dominant visual markers of nationalist thought as well. Filmed on location in central Ukraine, the camera fetishizes the land, lingering over the boundless steppes and the wide Dnepr. ...».
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