The Master and Margaret (1973)
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In "The Master and Margaret," Nikolai Maksudov(Ugo Tognazzi) is rehearsing his new play about Pontius Pilate when Rimski(Tasko Nacic) voices an objection that every word in it may not be exactly gospel truth. When consulted, Woland(Alain Cuny) tells him to go ahead before disappearing in a puff of smoke. Berlioz(Fabijan Sovagovic) says that he never heard of Woland and to please stop. At least, Nikolai's personal life is going better when Margareta(Mimsy Farmer) approaches him in the street. He takes her back to his place to see his pornography collection but she takes a rain check on spending the night. Nikolai might not get a better chance because Oskar(Zlatko Madunic) informs him that he should go to Yalta for a while(considering this is 1920's Moscow, he could have come up with much worse suggestions) but in fact it is Oskar who unexpectedly ends up there. "The Master and Margaret" is an oddly engaging fable and morality play that is deceptively close to being something special. The story is complicated by a slippery little devil whose motives are still a little unclear. What I am sure of now is how little the movie has to do with the hot button topic of religion, despite the subject of Nikolai's play, and is instead concerned with faith which is not always the same thing. For example, Nikolai is about the only character who has not lost faith in the revolution and is still fighting the power whereas all his old comrades have settled in to be like the old boss and just as corrupt, to boot. That's not to mention the movie also making a great case for freedom of speech which is as timely as ever.
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