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Book Title: Cyril and Methodius: The Apostles of the Slavs|
Directors: Petr Nikolaev
Genre: Biography, History
Release Date: 2013-12-19
Runtime: 105 min
Stars: Josef Abrhám,Milan Bahúl,Jirí Bohm
IMDb Rating: 5.0
Country: Czech Republic
Full movie description "Cyril and Methodius: The Apostles of the Slavs":This fascinating tale traces the beginnings of Christianity in Great Moravia. Our heroes, the brothers Constantine (latterly Cyril) and Methodius who both went on to be canonized 'The Apostles of Slavs,' as they became known as. The five part television series follows the significant turning point in our history between the years 826-885. The story unfolds with the brothers' most dramatic episodes during their childhood and adolescence in Thessalonica, their fates in Constantinople and the first missionary journeys to Arabia and Kazaks where they, amongst other things, exhume the remains of the martyr and third Pope Clement the first from the sea. Meanwhile we witness Constantine's participation in the struggle of Iconoclasm, which embroiled the whole of the Byzantine Empire. And then there are the wondrous stories of Methodius when he was administrator of (Styrmont), at the time plagued by frequent uprisings. After Prince Rostislav sends his Christian teachers out into Moravia we are...
Reviews of the Cyril and Methodius: The Apostles of the SlavsThis audiovisual piece exists in two versions: there is the theatrical cut with runtime slightly above 80 minutes and then there is a TV edit, a four-parter 4x 52 minutes in a form of a docudrama. The film is narrated by one of the protagonists, Methodius (Roman Zach), the docudrama adds contemporary narrator with explanatory notes.
Overall I prefer the TV cut because the amount of the material that got edited out is simply horrendous - the first episode of the TV cut gets narrowed down into five minutes of the film, even the Constantin's speeches (that I consider the best written parts of the script) almost disappear in the theatrical cut. TV cut contains much more CGI sequences, that maybe aren't that well made, but some temple interiors are really magnificent.
What rules the both versions is the soundtrack, that often borrows from the liturgical texts in contemporary, but also in archaic Czech. It's too bad that the soundtrack isn't available.
The acting... well, I appreciate the above mentioned Roman Zach, since I remember him mostly from third rate soap operas. Here he gives a really solid performance, rising above his acting colleagues. The honorable mention goes to - for me previously unknown - Kajetán Písařovic (this simply has to an alias, nobody is so cruel to name one's child with such name, and I am saying that as the native speaker) in a position of the main villain, Frankish priest Eiben. He is so incredibly snake-like, especially when he advises the Louis the German while the king takes a bath... though I can't say in his final appearance if he is so fascinated by the flames that destroy the lifelong written work of the both protagonists or if he is shocked by the the consequences of his meddling...
I intend to learn more about the production history of the piece, since the director Petr Nikolaev works mostly on the topics from near or far past, this film being the most far yet (end of ninth century AD). This film could be considered a companion piece to his older project Knights of blood (aka In the Name of the King), which takes place in thirteen century. Both films share similar, one would say, TV-Look, among other things.
Overall, it's not a bad attempt, bud especially the film version is simply lacking...
BTW, considering the poster (and DVD cover) - neither Cyril nor Methodius' faces are shown, the man above them is prince Svatopluk.
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