The Rider Named Death (2004)
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A small band of radicals takes on a dangerous game of political assassination in this historical drama, based on a novel by Boris Savinkov. Near the dawn of the 20th century, with the Russian Revolution lurking on the horizon, George (Andrei Panin) is the steely leader of a group of socialists determined to bring down the Russian monarchy through any means necessary -- including violence. Working alongside George are Erna (Kseniya Rappoport), who makes bombs and has fallen deeply in love with
Mar 18, 2005 Wide
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Shakhnazarov's film effortlessly captures the times and the author's conflicted yet unyielding attitude, yet it never draws any conclusions -- the film remains under glass. It's watchable, nevertheless.
The force of the film is not as profound as Shakhnazarov clearly intended, and The Rider Named Death is easier to respect than enjoy.
You have to wonder why Shakhnazarov, one of Russian's most experienced filmmakers, didn't take more care with the script.
There are few real revelations to be found among these curiously dispassionate radicals, making the overall experience sort of like seeing the movie, instead of reading the book.
If you like your antiheroes tall, pale and existential, you won't do better than Georges, the anti-czarist assassin at the heart of Karen Shakhnazarov's historical drama Rider Named Death.
Could have been livelier and more suspenseful given the subject matter, but it remains effectively made throughout.
It's worth a look; maybe there's more to Georges's blank slate than can be gleaned on one viewing, and the beginning and end of the film are worth the price of admission.
The film gives viewers a rare glimpse of prerevolutionary Moscow. And be happy that it's only a glimpse.
... a colorful, bustling recreation of 1906 Moscow and an unexpectedly uneasy view of this people's revolution.
This is one of the rare films where you can not only see, but feel the sweat.
Think of it as a dark, suspenseful scenario penned by Joseph Conrad and designed by Toulouse-Lautrec and Auguste Renoir, and jump right in.
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