The Rider Named Death

  • Feature
  • 2004
  • 107 Minutes
  • Russian Federation
  • Language: Russian

In pre-Soviet Russia, Boris Savinkov leads a terrorist faction of Socialist-Revolutionary Party members responsible for the deaths of governors and ministers.

Director: Karen Shakhnazarov

Screenwriter: Aleksander Borodyansky

Production Company: Mosfilm Cinema Concern

Film Critic

Assassination like history

Mohammadreza Moghadasian

Mohammadreza Moghadasian

“Rider called death” made by Karen Shah Nazar, is an adaptation based on one of the main features of the history of Russia, namely, assassination. The core of the movie’s story is about to assassinate and ultimately preventing it. Assassination, at least in the early 20th century, was regarded by Russia as one of the main means of struggle for socialists and communists against the ruling regime. “Rider called death” is based on a story named “disabled horses” focusing on a negative character of a leader of a Russian revolutionary group who tried on the basis of events that are far from the realities of the community and the history of Russia, tried to creates a fascinating negative personality and show the mental and emotional changes around this leader’s life and his decisions. This 2004 movie does not in any way have the coordinates of a great and lasting effect in the world of cinema, and its prominence in the form of directing, and even scripting, and the lineage of events keeps it away from become a significant work in the cinema. Still, one has to admit that the main character of the story has such a potential to motivate the audience to accompany the character, which even can put behind the raw manual and naïve directing of the film and sometime later (just for few moment moments) create a negative person who has the companion of the audience.



2004: Montréal World Film Festival

Cast and Crew

Screenwriter: Aleksander Borodyansky

DOP / Camera: Vladimir Klimov

Editor: Lidia Milloti, Anatoli Kroll

Sound: Gulsara Mukataeva

Production Designer: Lyudmila Kusakova

Producer: Karen Shakhnazarov

Cast: Artem Semakin


Karen Shakhnazarov

Karen Shakhnazarov is Born in Krasnodar in 1952. He is a director and producer, known for Ward No. 6 (2009), Belyy tigr (2012) and Den polnoluniya (1998). Since 1998, he has held the post of General Director and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Mosfilm Cinema Concern.

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