The Idiot (TV series)
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 
|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.
- The Idiot at the Internet Movie Database
- Movie Trailer and Screenshots
- Page on Yevgeny Mironov’s Official Website