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This review is from: Boris Godunov: The Kirov Opera [DVD]  [NTSC] (DVD)
I picked this up and bought it on impulse - what a buy!
As I started to watch the music washed over me and dragged me down into it - the plot gripped and that was it - over 200 minutes latter I was still firmly hooked.
The opera itself is Shakespearean in scope - a sort of mix of Richard 3 and Henry 4 complete with child murder and pretenders to the throne. The characters complex and given the sort of range of 'tunes' you would expect from the better sort of Russian 19th Century music. The acting uniformly good.
The music is really helped by the revealing conducting and the excellent singing - from the 'best' of Russia (and an extra you wouldn't think wasn't Russian!).
But the greatest element (if I can be so mean as to single anything out) is the production - Andrei Tarkovski stretching operatic images into his own very cinematic world -which is one of the things that makes this stage production work on the small screen!
Watch the death of Boris and feel your soul scourged!