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Tonight’s essential viewing: Galina as Lady Macbeth in 1966 Shostakovich opera film

This is the 1966 colour film of the Kremlin-censored version of Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, retitled Katerina Ismailova.

Visually, it’s a Russian take on the spaghetti western. But watch Galina Vishnevskaya: you can’t take your eyes off her.

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  1. Therry Neilsen-Steinhardt says:

    Thank you Norman from the bottom of my heart! What an extraordinary performance!

    • Gareth Curtis says:

      Years ago, I saw this as a student – without the help of subtitles and having only had a quick look at the plot. Weird as it is as a film, it was still a memorable experience.

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