Empire (1986 film)

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Directed by Alexander Sokurov
Written by Lucille Fletcher (play)
Alexander Sokurov
Starring Alla Osipenko
Ilya Rivin
Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Cinematography Sergei Sidorov
Edited by L. Semenova
L. Volkova
N. Alexandrovna
Distributed by Lenfilm
Release date
  • 1986 (1986)
Running time
35 minutes
Country Soviet Union
Language Russian

Empire (Russian: Ампир, translit. Ampir; from French: empire) is a short film directed by Alexander Sokurov, released in 1986. The movie is based on a play by Lucille Fletcher.


Empire was inspired by Lucille Fletcher's radio drama Sorry, Wrong Number. For the film, Sokurov, as often, selected a single motif from the work of inspiration – in this case, it was the sickness of a woman.

It was produced as the graduation work of S. Sidorov from the VGIK. At that time Sokurov was not allowed to work on his own films, and saw this as an opportunity to continue work in the field.


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