Rider Named Death (2005)
|In "an exquisitely recreated Moscow of nearly a century ago" (The New York Times), steely, elegant Georges (Andrei Panin) leads a DIY underground death squad carrying out fanatical attacks on Russia's fragile Czarist regime. Based on The Pale Horse, real life socialist agitator Boris Savinkov"s autobiographical novel, The Rider Named Death reveals the web of desperation, desire and duplicity that holds terrorists of any era together.|
Vanya (Artyom Semakin), a wide-eyed student provoked by principle, Fyodor (Rostislav Bershauer), a savage nihilist inspired by chaos, and Erna (Kseniya Rappoport), an explosives expert driven by her passionate obsession with Georges, are the human faces of Georges secret band of turn-of-the-century bomb-throwing revolutionaries. As their repeated attempts on Grand Duke Aleksandrovich's life fail, each member of the group fights to stay alive while grappling with doubt and strife from within. But the personal vacuum that has driven Georges to an extremist fringe outside of society may prove to be his most potent weapon. Mired in a romantic limbo between Erna and the beautiful married aristocrat he loves, and torn between dissolute apathy and a desire to destroy, Georges must find both a way and a reason to finish the impossible job he's started.
Editor's NoteRussian director Karen Shakhnazarov brings Moscow at the turn of the 20th century to life in this historical epic about an anti-Czarist assassin named Georges (Andrei Panin). Based on the true-to-life novel THE PALE HORSE by socialist Boris Saviinkov, THE RIDER NAMED DEATH focuses on Georges as he leads a secret terrorist army, sending them on missions to dismantle Russia's Czarist political system. As several members of the revolutionary army are introduced, viewers learn how and why they became involved in the cause. Shaknazarov delves beyond the surface in an exploration of what makes a person fight for a terrorist cause, and the affects that such an obsession can have on the human psyche. Widely praised by critics, THE RIDER NAMED DEATH features strong performances, set design, and extravagant costumes.
|Anatoly Kroll - Musical Score|
|Galina Shadur - Executive Producer|
|Karen Shakhnazarov - Director|
|Karen Shakhnazarov - Producer|
|Karen Shakhnazarov, et. al. - Screenplay|
|Lidia Milloti - Editor|
|Vladmir Klimov - Cinematographer|