The Master and Margarita televised

The first Russian screen adaptation of Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita began airing on TV in Russia Monday night after years of setbacks.

There have been other attempts to adapt the novel but no director has ever achieved a faithful rendition in the eyes of the public. A Polish version focused on the story’s bible themes and a Yugoslav one changed essential characters.

After a Russian production filmed a decade ago was never shown,there were even rumours of a jinx.

The photo of actress Anna Kolvalchuk (above), one of the stars, comes courtesy of The St. Petersburg Times, which notes that while the story is set in Moscow, “the series was largely shot in St. Petersburg, with the crew traveling to the capital for only a few signature episodes.”


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