The Idiot (TV series)

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The Idiot (Russian: Идиот) is a costume drama TV series produced by Russia TV Channel in 2003, based on Fyodor Dostoevsky's novel of the same title.

The series' script is very close to Dostoevsky's original text, and the series features well-known Russian actors. According to bonus materials included on the DVD, in order to improve authenticity, serious efforts were made to capture the spirit of the time, through proper way of speaking, and through very careful selection of costumes for the actors to wear.

The series was branded by the novel's original pre-1920's orthography title "идіотъ" (in all caps) instead of the current "идиот" as one will find it on the bookshelves in Russia (to promote the atmosphere of the tsarist time when the film's plot takes place). This branded title "ИДІОТЪ" can be seen at the beginning of each part and on the cover of the DVD release.

The series consists of 10 parts each approximately 50 minutes.

Staff and Actors[edit]

Vladimir Bortko (Владимир Бортко) director
Valery Todorovsky (Валерий Тодоровский) producer
Igor Kornelyuk (Игорь Корнелюк) music
Evgeny Mironov (Евгений Миронов) prince Myshkin
Lidiya Velezheva (Лидия Вележева) Nastasya Filipovna
Vladimir Mashkov (Владимир Машков) Parfyon Rogozhin
Aleksandr Lazarev Jr. (Александр Лазарев мл.) Gavrilya Ardalionovich Ivolgin
Oleg Basilashvili (Олег Басилашвили) general Ivan Yepanchin
Inna Churikova (Инна Чурикова) Lizveta Prokof'yevna Yepanchina, general Yepanchin's wife
Ol'ga Budina (Ольга Будина) Aglaya Ivanovna Yepanchina, their youngest daughter
Aleksandr Domogarov (Александр Домогаров) Evgeny Pavlovich (Aglaya's suitor)
Aleksey Petrenko (Алексей Петренко) general Ardalion Ivolgin, Ganya's father
Vladimir Il'in (Владимир Ильин) Lebedev


On several occasions in the series, one can observe "today's" Russian flag, the white-blue-red Tricolour. This, however, is the director's mistake. Dostoevsky himself died in 1881, and the novel is set earlier. (It was written in 1869.) While this flag was already used in tsarist Russia, it was admitted for use on land only in 1883 (previously used on sea) and became the official flag of the empire in 1896. Thus, the black-gold-silver tsarist flag should have been used in the film.

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