Russian Classic Lit in Film

Eugene Onegin

Set in the 1820s, Onegin inherits his uncle’s property and possessions outside of St. Petersburg. Being bored with the concerts, balls and society in St. Petersburg, he decides to live in the country for a while. He becomes acquainted with a young woman, who falls in love with him and confesses her feelings for him in a note. Thinking her a foolish young girl, he turns her down and admonishes her for so openly expressing her love for him. Years later he encounters her again at a ball in St. Petersburg and, upon seeing her wed to another, tries to win her back.

Anna Karenina

This film is an adapted version of Leo Tolstoy’s novel and stars Keira Knightley and Jude Law.

An aristocratic woman in an unhappy marriage begins an affair which ultimately leads to her demise.

Dr. Zhivago

*Available for purchase on YouTube (in English)

A romantic drama set in pre-revolutionary Russia. First a book, it gained popularity in the West but was banned in Soviet Russia.

Set in the 1950s in the Soviet Union, Dr. Zhivago tries to find the daughter of his half brother, Yuri, and his lover, Laura. Upon finding the girl he thinks is their daughter, he tells her the story of her parents. Romance, affair, intrigue and action all in one movie!