The Queen of Spades (1949)




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A supernatural tale based on a short story by Russian poet Alexander Pushkin, this is the portrayal of a poor Captain in the Russian army in the nineteenth Century. His comrades in arms play cards nightly, but he cannot afford to join them until one night he dreams that he has gained from a mysterious aging countess her secret for winning at faro--a secret which legend has it she has sold her soul to obtain. This story has been filmed at least a dozen times, but this is by far the best version. … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Horror, Classics, Science Fiction & Fantasy
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On DVD: May 20, 2003
HBO Video



as Herman Sovotin

as Countess Ranevskaya

as Lizavetta Ivanova

as Old Varvarushka

as Tschybukin

as Ilovaisky

as Princess Ivashin

as Bookseller

as Gypsy Dancer

as Young Countess

as Countess's Lover

as St. Germain's Messen...

as Milliner's Assistant

as Birdseller
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Critic Reviews for The Queen of Spades

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 6, 2008
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A masterfully filmed surreal atmospheric supernatural tale.

Full Review… | October 19, 2014
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A black-and-white gem that truly deserves to be hailed as a 'lost classic'.

Full Review… | January 15, 2010
Eye for Film

It's more distressing to witness just how much the mood of a dark and uncompromising masterpiece can be sabotaged by a producer with his eyes on the easy uplift.

Full Review… | June 3, 2003
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for The Queen of Spades


I kind of wish this had been silent except for the music by the magnificent Georges Auric. The imagery is great, and Walbrook has the perfect look, but every time he speaks, things just get really cheesy. Aside from that, though, this is quite good.

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