- Balakirev The Buffoon
Balakirev The Buffoon is a 2002
Russian televised version of 1999 Lenkomtheatrical presentation, written by Grigori Gorin.
Tragic comedy. Produced by KinoMostand Winburgh Holdings Ltd. Runtime - 162 min. Language - Russian.
Theatrical version directed by
Mark Zakharov, televised version by Nikolay Skuyibin.
Cinematography by Evgeniy Guslinski, Vladimir Fostenko, Alexey Naidenov, Yuli Olshvang. Stage director - Oleg Sheintsis. Composer -
Sergey Rudnitskiy. Executive producer - Felix Kleiman, producer - Vladimir Dostal.
Buffoonof the court circle, Ivan Balakirev, is a constant participant of the Tzar's festivities and buffoonery. Under the will of the circumstances he was drawn into the intricate relations inside the court and inside the royal family...
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Balakirev in reality
Based on a real story set time in a
Peter The Greatera.
Ivan Alexandrovich Balakirev was a trusted servant of
Peter Iand Catherine I since 1699. In the time of the empress Anne he became an official court buffoon.
One of the version around the Balakirev surname etymology is that it formed from "Bala kire", a tatar for "stubborn kid".
Xenofont Polevoypublished a book entitled "Collection of anecdotes by Balakirev", using the real name of Ivan Balakirev as his pseudonim. It's in fact a collection from various people and sources.
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