The plot of the novel flips between 20th century Moscow, and first century Jerusalem. The "Master" of the title is a novelists whose version of Jesus's trial before Pilate had been burnt by a group of diabolicals who are terrorising the city's inhabitants. But Margarita, the master's lover, does a deal with the devil in an attempt to save her lover and his work.
This will actually be the ninth film version of this story. There's an excellent, comprehensive website of Boulgakov's work in four different languages which lists the following directors and contains numerous video clips from a selection of them:
Vladimir Bortko (2005)The most famous and most well thought of also seems to be the most recent - Vladimir Bortko's 2005 mini series (pictured above). That said the Yuri Kara (1994) is largely unseen having been embroiled in a row over rights since its inception. That website also includes an overview of each version, and there's a good article on the Bortko version at the St. Petersburg Times.
Ibolya Fekete (2005)
Sergei Desnitsky (1996)
Yuri Kara (1994)
Paul Bryers (1992)
Maciej Wojtyszko (1990)
Aleksandar Petrovic (1972)
Andrzej Wajda (1972)
The US version will be made by Stone Village Pictures and produced by Scott Steindorff.
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