Monday, 13 January 2014
Aleksey Batalov: The Gambler - Игрок/Hráč (1972)
Director: Aleksey Batalov
Writers: Fyodor Dostoevsky (novel), Mikhail Olshevsky
Stars: Nikolay Burlyaev, Lyubov Dobrzhanskaya, Jitka Zelenohorská
This lavish Soviet/Czech co-production is based on Fyodor Dostoyevsky's famous novel, The Gambler, which tells the story of a Russian living in Germany, in a gambling resort. This film is set at the turn of the century, and was filmed in Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad), Czechoslovakia. Played by Nikolai Burlyayev, the gambler succumbs completely to his addiction, using up every resource he has (human, spiritual and financial) in his wagering, finally becoming a rootless drifter.