"The Master and Margarita". All screen versions of the cult novel by Bulgakov


With the screen versions of the novel "The Master and Margarita" by Mikhail Bulgakov there has always been a lot of inexplicable. Many eminent directors wanted to make a film based on a book (Ryazanov, Klimov, Naumov, Bykov, Talankin,), but something interfered. For example, Naumov said that Bulgakov’s wife appeared to him in a dream and said that the film adaptation would not take place
Nevertheless, five films on the novel still saw the light. The first attempt was made by the Polish director Andrzej Wajda, who in 1972 made the film “Pilate and Others”

True, this adaptation can be called a stretch - only the line of Pilate and Yeshua Ha-Notsri entered the film. In Poland, the film in those days did not show. The premiere was held in Germany on March 29, 1972 on the eve of Easter, entitled "Film on Good Friday"
In the same year, 1972, director Alexander Petrovich made a more complete adaptation of the novel, which received the prize of the Venice Film Festival

However, this is also not quite a film adaptation, the differences with the novel are quite significant.
In 1989, another Pole Maciej Wojtyshko attempted to make a more complete version of the film based on an immortal novel.

Here already in the script cost more carefully to the text of the novel. But the multi-part film (and there are two of its versions, the Polish 8-episode, and the Russian 4-serial) is rather weak technically
In 1994, the first domestic adaptation of the novel was realized. Director Yuri Kara shot his version of "The Master and Margarita"

That's just because of the disagreements of the director and producers, the audience could see the film only in 2011. At the same time, the 200-minute film was originally reduced to two hours.

You can find the full directorial version of the film, only its quality leaves much to be desired.

The film involved a brilliant acting ensemble. But the problems with the technical embodiment of Bulgakov's spirit still leave much to be desired.

Not to mention another film, which was shot based on another work by Bulgakov - "Fatal Eggs" by Sergey Lomkin. In this film, some storylines intersect with "The Master and Margarita." And in it is present Voland with retinue

The latest, to date, adaptation of the novel is a 10-series television series by Vladimir Bortko, which was released in 2005

It involves at least a stellar cast

The main task of the director was to make the most complete and adequate version of the novel.

The series has caused a number of controversial opinions - from complete delight to complete dislike

Although in the same 2005 another film was shot based on the novel - Hungarian director Iboya Fekete made a short film based on the theme "The Master and Margarita". But, to be honest, I did not see her.
Well, in the end, judging by the fact that the Cinema Foundation supported the project of shooting another film based on the Master's novel, another version of the film is coming soon, directed by Nikolay Lebedev. The film is planned to be full-length, but judging by the practice of filming in recent years, I would not be surprised if there are 2 versions of the film - full-length for cinemas and extended multi-series for television
Used frames from movies
"Pilate and Others", dir. Andrzej Wajda, 1972
Master and Margarita, dir. Alexander Petrovich, 1972
Master and Margarita, dir. Macsey Vojtyshko, 1989
Master and Margarita, dir. Yuri Kara, 1994
Fatal Eggs, dir. Sergey Lomkin, 1995
Master and Margarita, dir. Vladimir Bortko, 2005
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