The Queen of Spades (1982 film)

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The Queen of Spades
Directed by Igor Maslennikov
Written by Aleksandr Pushkin
Aleksandr Shlepyanov
Starring Viktor Proskurin
Alla Demidova
Innokenty Smoktunovsky
Music by Dmytro Bortniansky
Cinematography Yuri Veksler
Distributed by Lenfilm
Release date
  • 1982 (1982)
Running time
92 minutes
Country Soviet Union
Language Russian

The Queen of Spades (Russian: Пиковая дама, translit. Pikovaya dama) is a 1982 film adaptation of the Aleksandr Pushkin short story of the same name.

Film is verbatim (including epigraphs) screening of Pushkin's story.



Igor Maslennikov said about the film:

  • "Queen of Spades" came out in me absolutely by such as I wanted her to see - not only as the motion picture director, but as men with the classical philological education. We brought to the consciousness of a spectator the authentic, true text of this piece of Pushkin, and indeed many receive "Queen of Spades" using the material of Tchaikovsky's opera. There is even guide on Petersburg, in which under the photograph of winter groove stands the signature: "the winter groove, in which was drowned Pushkin's Liza". Here immediately several errors. It suffices to say that anywhere Pushkin does not have any Liza, but Lizaveta Ivanovna, who safely marry... And here these myths we attempted to destroy....
  • ... most important myth - about Hermann, who by Pushkin not was neither demonic nor romantic hero. This is such kind of nemchik, which in Petersburg there was much - 30% of population. Pushkin irritated all of them, to Hermann he gave the pejorative characteristic: no one of the officers perceived nonsense about the three cards, the very same to this believed; passing by the house of the countess, he saw her niece and began to letter her. But not his own, but he copied pages from the German novels.

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