The Queen of Spades (1960 film)

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The Queen of Spades
Directed by Roman Tikhomirov
Written by Aleksandr Pushkin
Roman Tikhomirov
Starring Oleg Strizhenov
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Cinematography Yevgeni Shapiro
Distributed by Lenfilm
Release date
  • 1960 (1960)
Running time
106 min.
Country Soviet Union
Language Russian

The Queen of Spades (Russian: Пиковая дама, translit. Pikovaya dama) is a 1960 film adaptation of the opera The Queen of Spades, based on the Aleksandr Pushkin short story of the same name. The film, set in the 1820s, follows a man named Hermann, who returns from army service to Moscow and is loooking for a new experience. Soon, he learns about a woman named Liza and a Countess she lives with. He resolves to court Liza, but has another plan in mind: trying to learn from the Countess the secrets of gambling with playing cards. Pushkin himself tacted on a preamble that summises the film; 'One who draws the Queen of Spades inherits bad luck'.

The operatic parts were performed by Zurab Andzhaparidze, Tamara Milashkina, and Yevgeny Kibkalo.

For this film Oleg Strizhenov received the Aleksandr Pushkin's Big Gold Medal and the prize of the Russian Musical Fund of Irina Arkhipova "for the brilliant realization of the figure of Hermann in the film Queen of Spades".


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