Boris Godunov (1986 film)

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Boris Godunov
Boris Godunov (1986 film).jpg
Film poster
Directed by Sergei Bondarchuk
Written by Sergei Bondarchuk
Alexander Pushkin
Starring Sergei Bondarchuk
Alyona Bondarchuk
Music by Vyacheslav Ovchinnikov
Cinematography Vadim Yusov
Edited by Lyudmila Sviridenko
Allianz Filmproduktion
Barrandov Studios
Zepoli Filmove
Release date
  • May 1986 (1986-05)
Running time
141 minutes
Country Soviet Union, Poland, Czechoslovakia, West Germany
Language Russian, French

Boris Godunov (Russian: Борис Годунов) is a 1986 drama film directed by and starring Sergei Bondarchuk. It is an adaptation of the play Boris Godunov, written by Alexander Pushkin. The picture was co-produced by the Soviet Union, Poland, Czechoslovakia, and West Germany. It was entered into the 1986 Cannes Film Festival.[1]


The action takes place in Russia and Poland as the 16th century ends and the 17th century begins. The reign of Boris Godunov is depicted, his son Feodor, and the coming to power of False Dmitry I. After the death of the feeble-minded Tsar Fedor Ivanovich, son of Ivan the Terrible, Boris Godunov takes the throne, by the decision of the Zemsky Sobor, with the help of intrigues, alliances and the arrangement of his sister Irina's marriage to Tsarevich Feodor, gains great influence and power in the court.

But suddenly there is a new contender for the throne – a man posing as Dmitri, the younger son of Ivan the Terrible, who officially died in Uglich in 1591. The pretender shows up in Poland and after he receives the support of Prince Vishnevetzky, Sandomierz voivode Mniszech and his daughter, the beautiful Marina, returns to Russia. Despite the fact that the church and Vasily Shuiski, who investigated the circumstances of the death of Dmitry, deny the authenticity of the prince, he on his way to Moscow. He is becoming increasingly popular among the people and is setting up to be a real threat to Tsar Boris. Who is he really – a daring adventurer, a true prince, or a ghost who has materialized to avenge a long-forgotten crime?



  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Boris Godunov". Retrieved 10 July 2009. 

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