Brothers Karamazov, The (1969): Oscar-Nominated Soviet Version of Dostoevsky’s Famous Novel

This Soviet version of Dostoevsky’s famous novel is obviously better and more faithful to the source material than Hollywood’s 1958 picture.

The film is long (about 4 hours) and the pacing is deliberate, but it’s worth the effort.

The initial director, Ivan Pyriev, died during production, and was replaced by Mikhail Ulianov.

In some countries, the film was released as “The Murder of Dmitri Karamazov.”


Oscar Nominations: 1

Best Foreign Language Film

Oscar Awards: None


Oscar Context

The winner was Costa Gavras political thriller “Z.”