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Azazel (2002)

A mini-series based on the novel of the same name by Boris Akunin.

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Boris Akunin (novel), Boris Akunin (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ilya Noskov Ilya Noskov ... Erast Petrovich Fandorin
Marina Neyolova ... Lady Esther
Sergey Bezrukov ... Ivan Frantsevich Brilling
Larisa Borushko Larisa Borushko ... Amaliya Kazimirovna Bezhetskaya
Sergey Chonishvili ... Ippolit Aleksandrovich Zurov
Marina Aleksandrova ... Lizanka von Evert-Kolokoltseva
Kirill Pirogov ... Akhtyrtsev
Oleg Basilashvili ... Lavrenty Arkadyevich Mizinov
Ewa Szykulska ... Emma Gottliebovna Pful
Feliks Antipov Feliks Antipov ... Grushin
Dmitri Burkhankin Dmitri Burkhankin ... Kokorin
Yuri Avsharov Yuri Avsharov ... Georg
Aleksandr Orlovskiy Aleksandr Orlovskiy ... Cunningham
Vasiliy Kupriyanov ... Evert-Kolokoltsev
Valentin Golubenko ... Klaus
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A mini-series based on the novel of the same name by Boris Akunin.

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Genres:

Crime | Mystery

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Country:

Russia

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

10 March 2002 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

Azazel nevében See more »

Filming Locations:

Czech Republic See more »

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Goofs

When elderly policeman reads the last will of the deceased, there is a rap sheet on the wall with fingerprints and front-and-side mughots. However, movie takes place in 1876 while dactyloscopy has not been introduced into police procedure until 1891 (and gained popularity even later) while front-and-side mughots were first used in the first years of 20th century. See more »

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Followed by The State Counsellor (2005) See more »

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Smeisya, smeisya gromche vseh
Performed by Ilya Lagutenko
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Not so bad, not so good
5 November 2007 | by manya7-1See all my reviews

It would be hard for a film version to do justice to the book "Azazel": in my opinion the best of the Fandorin series, although "Death of Achilles" ranks a close second. The period costumes are enjoyable, as are the characterizations of Brilling, Bezhetskaya, Liza and especially Lady Adair. The actor portraying Fandorin, unfortunately, falls a little short of the mark--however, a larger than life character is hard to cast correctly.

For once, the film follows the book (thank you, Mr. Akunin, for the script). Those who complain about the length of the film need to realize that this was originally a TV serial, each segment running 48 minutes as most serials do on Russian TV.

Not the best it could have been, but definitely a warm-up for IMO, the best Russian serial of all time: "The Idiot"----a must see for anyone. Fortunately, the Idiot has subtitles in English, but the language is so beautiful (the 19th century idiom is delightful), one must listen carefully to appreciate.

It will be interesting to see what Hollyweird does with "Azazel" in 2009. Milla Jovovich as Bezhetskaya: inspired casting choice!


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