SCREENING “R” Film of Yury Butusov’s Adaptation of The Government Inspector” at Our Texas Cultural Center

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SCREENING “R” Film of Yury Butusov’s Adaptation of The Government Inspector” at Our Texas Cultural Center

April 5 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm


FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 2024 at 7:30–10:00 PM: Our Texas Cultural Center presents a special film screening of Yury Butusov’s acclaimed theatrical production of “R,” an award-winning adaptation of “The Government Inspector.” The satirical stage play by Russian-Ukrainian dramatist and novelist Nikolai Gogol is presented in Russian with English subtitles. Running time for the film is two hours, 58 minutes, including a 10-minute intermission.

Originally published in 1836 and later revised in 1842, the play is a comedy of errors based on a supposed anecdote relayed to Gogol by Russian poet Alexander Pushkin. Set in a small Russian town in the 1830s, the five-act story follows Hlestakov, a foolish gambler and low-ranking government agent who embodies irresponsibility, frivolity, and absent-mindedness. A direct rebuke of the political corruption of Imperialist Russia, the play thematically pokes fun at human avarice, foolishness, and misunderstanding. The play has been translated several times across various mediums, including more than a dozen film and theater adaptations.

This digital rendition, penned by playwright Mikhail Durnenkov, captures the compelling performances of Konstantin Raikin and Timofey Tribuntsev, bringing the classic to life for a global audience.

Known for his dynamic and innovative directing style, Butusov delves deep into the convoluted essence of Gogol’s work, exploring the human struggle with reality and the constant desire for escapism.

This film version of the theatrical production is a part of “Artists in Exile Series,” which aims to support and showcase the incredible talent of Russian artists who are now creating from abroad. It stands as a testament to the enduring spirit and creativity of artists facing challenging circumstances.

Performed in Russian with English subtitles, the play ensures an engaging and accessible experience for all. Do not miss this opportunity to witness a masterful blend of satire and drama, a celebration of the transformative power of art in times of adversity.


April 5
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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