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Belye nochi (1960)

A Dreamer, living in a big city for a few years and all the time he is alone. But one summer in St. Petersburg's White Nights on the Neva, he meets Nastya.


Ivan Pyrev (as Ivan Pyryev)


Fyodor Dostoevsky (novel) (as F. M. Dostoyevskiy), Ivan Pyrev (as Ivan Pyryev)


Credited cast:
Lyudmila Marchenko ... Nastenka
Oleg Strizhenov ... Mestatel
Anatoli Fedorinov ... Zhilets, kvartirant (as A. Fedorinov)
Svetlana Kharitonova ... Fyokla (as S. Kharitonova)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yakov Belenkiy Yakov Belenkiy ... Gertsog (as Ya. Belenkiy)
Evgeniy Morgunov ... Strazhnik (as Ye. Morgunov)
Vera Popova Vera Popova ... Babushka (as V. Popova)
Ariadna Shengelaia ... Nevolnitsa (as A. Shengelaya)
Irina Skobtseva ... Gertsoginya
I. Udras I. Udras
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A Dreamer, living in a big city for a few years and all the time he is alone. But one summer in St. Petersburg's White Nights on the Neva, he meets Nastya.

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Not for contemporary audiences
19 October 2007 | by plamya-1See all my reviews

The cinematic possibilities of this story are inexhaustible, to judge by the quantity of attempts. Visconti, Bresson, among others. While this film nods to the splendors of St. Petersburg, it seems to be mostly shot in studio, with some rather inept attempts to make visual representations of the dreamer's fantasies. I would have preferred to re-read the story, for the main hero is more representative of a Gogolian Khlestakov or Basmachkin than a Dostoevskian underground man. I'm actually sorry that I watched it now, because previously I had a very favorable opinion of Soviet Russian screen versions of the classics. Not for a moment do we believe this lovely heroine could turn her attention to the narrator of the story, but the boarder is cute.

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19 February 1960 (Soviet Union) See more »

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Bele noci See more »

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Mosfilm See more »
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Color (Sovcolor)
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