The Idiot

Adaptations and tributes

  • Several filmmakers have produced adaptations of the novel, among them Wandering Souls (Carl Froelich; 1921)[7] L'idiot (Georges Lampin; 1946), a 1951 version by Akira Kurosawa, a 1958 version by Russian director Ivan Pyryev, the Bengali film Aparichito (Salil Dutta; 1969), and a 1992 Hindi version by Mani Kaul. An unfinished silent version by Sergei Eisenstein was once shown, the last reel "lost" over a disagreement with Joseph Stalin on the ending. Robert Bresson's 1966 film Au hasard Balthazar is also a loose adaptation of the novel.
  • In 1992–3, David Fishelson's stage adaptation was produced at Jean Cocteau Repertory at the Bouwerie Lane Theatre. After a favorable review in The New York Times,[8] the play was published by Dramatists Play Service, dramatized by L.A. Theatre Works, and later broadcast on NPR on the NPR Playhouse series.[9]
  • In 2001, Down House, a tongue-in-cheek modern adaptation/parody of the novel, was filmed by the Russian director Roman Kachanov, using the late 1990s Moscow underworld of mafia and drug addicts as the setting; it featured Fyodor Bondarchuk as the Prince and the co-writer of the script, Ivan Okhlobystin as Rogozhin.
  • In 2003, Russian State Television produced a 10-part, 8-hour mini-series of the work, directed by Vladimir Bortko for Russia 1, which is available with English subtitles.[10]
  • In 1999, the Tabakov Theatre produced an adaptation of the novel, adapted and directed by Alexandre Marine with the show later airing on the Kultura television as TV-play.
  • In 1999, the Czech director Saša Gedeon produced a modern cinematic reinterpretation of The Idiot entitled The Return of the Idiot ( Návrat idiota ).[11]
  • The Polish director Andrzej Wajda adapted the last chapter of The Idiot as the feature film Nastasja in 1994.
  • In 2008, the theatre director Katie Mitchell premiered "...some trace of her", a multimedia exploration of the novel's central themes.[12]
  • The German novelist Hermann Hesse wrote in 1919 a short piece about the book called "Thoughts on The Idiot of Dostoevsky," later released in a compilation of essays called My Belief: Essays on Life and Art.[13]
  • In 1985, the Polish director Andrzej Zulawski directed the feature film L'amour braque (Limpet Love), as a homage to Dostoyevsky's The Idiot. Its end credits state that "The film is inspired by Dostoyevsky's The Idiot and intended as a homage to the great writer". It stars Sophie Marceau as what most likely is the part of Nastasja Philipovna.[14]
  • BBC Radio 7 broadcast a 4-episode adaptation of The Idiot entitled Fyodor Dostoevsky's The Idiot, in June 2010. It starred Paul Rhys as Prince Myshkin.[15]
  • Simon Gray's stage adaptation was produced by the National Theatre Company at the Old Vic Theatre, London, in 1970, starring Derek Jacobi.
  • In October 2011, the Estonian director Rainer Sarnet adapted the book to a feature film The Idiot, starring Risto Kübar as Prince Myshkin.

This content is from Wikipedia. GradeSaver is providing this content as a courtesy until we can offer a professionally written study guide by one of our staff editors. We do not consider this content professional or citable. Please use your discretion when relying on it.