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A great story...,
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This review is from: Belaya gvardiya / The White guard [English subtitles][DVD NTSC] (2012) (DVD)
Despite the poor quality of the video (480p comes as a shock to HD viewers), Bulgakov's tale is faithfully told here, in a set that uses his former house as the main location of action (as indeed he did in the writing of it), when the political situation in a post-revolution Kiev transforms into a military battle for the city. There are some fantastic moments: the family sitting quietly as the vibrations of the guns shake the house, the drunken dinner, the atmosphere of a collapsing regime at the Hetman's headquarters, the desperation of the commanding officer trying to save his young cadets...
The subtitles are eccentric, but the sense of the story and the careful way it has been rendered make this well worth watching for the Russophile. My advice is that if you have not yet read The White Guard (Vintage Classics) do so first!