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Belaya gvardiya 

The protagonist, Alex Turbin - military medic, who had seen and lived through a lot in three years of World War I. He is one of the thousands of officers who, after the revolution faced a difficult choice.
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Series cast summary:
Konstantin Khabenskiy ...  Aleksey Turbin 8 episodes
Mikhail Porechenkov ...  Viktor Myshlaevskiy 8 episodes
Evgeniy Dyatlov Evgeniy Dyatlov ...  Leonid Shervinskiy 8 episodes
Andrey Zibrov Andrey Zibrov ...  Aleksandr Studeinskiy 8 episodes
Yanina Studilina ...  Anyuta 8 episodes
Sergey Bryun ...  Lariosik 8 episodes
Nikolay Efremov ...  Nikolka Turbin 8 episodes
Kseniya Rappoport ...  Elena Talberg 8 episodes
Sergey Garmash ...  Polkovnik Kozyr-Leshko 8 episodes
Yuriy Itskov Yuriy Itskov ...  Vasiliy Lisovich 8 episodes
Evgeniya Dobrovolskaya ...  Vanda Lisovich 8 episodes
Fedor Bondarchuk ...  Mikhail Shpolyanskiy 8 episodes
Aleksey Serebryakov ...  Feliks Nay-Turs 8 episodes
Mariya Lugovaya Mariya Lugovaya ...  Irina Nay-Turs 8 episodes
Irina Skobtseva ...  Mariya Nay-Turs 8 episodes
Evgeniy Stychkin ...  Fyodor Stepanov 8 episodes
Sergey Shakurov ...  Getman Skoropadskiy 8 episodes
Sergey Barkovskiy Sergey Barkovskiy ...  Otets Aleksandr 8 episodes
Aleksandr Ilin ...  Direktor gimnazii 8 episodes
Kirill Zhandarov ...  Strashkevich 8 episodes
Artur Smolyaninov Artur Smolyaninov ...  Sashko Boyko 8 episodes
Ekaterina Vilkova ...  Yuliya Reyss 8 episodes
Evgeniy Efremov Evgeniy Efremov ...  Volk 8 episodes
Semyon Lebin Semyon Lebin ...  Syn Alekseya Turbina 8 episodes
Vladimir Vdovichenkov ...  Kapitan Pleshko 8 episodes
Yuriy Stoyanov ...  General-mayor Blokhin 8 episodes
Aleksey Guskov ...  Polkovnik Malyshev 8 episodes
Ivan Krasko ...  Inspektor Maksim 8 episodes
Artur Vakha ...  Poruchik Zamanskiy 8 episodes
Igor Vernik ...  Shchur 8 episodes
Igor Chernevich ...  Sergey Talberg 8 episodes
Maksim Leonidov Maksim Leonidov ...  Usatyy ofitser 8 episodes
Kseniya Kutepova ...  Anna Turbina 8 episodes
Andrey Urgant ...  Mazhordom getmana 8 episodes
Igor Kvasha ...  Avtorskiy tekst chitaet 8 episodes
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The protagonist, Alex Turbin - military medic, who had seen and lived through a lot in three years of World War I. He is one of the thousands of officers who, after the revolution faced a difficult choice.

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The Ukrainian Culture Ministry decides not to issue distribution licenses for it as they "show contempt for the Ukrainian language, people and the state," and "some facts are distorted to benefit Russia." See more »

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Version of Dni Turbinykh (1976) See more »

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The White Guard: the latest adaptation of Bulgakov's novel
5 February 2013 | by juan_palmero2010See all my reviews

Based on the novel "The White Guard" by Mikhail Bulgakov. Set in Ukraine in late 1918, amid civil war and frequent changes in power, this partly autobiographical story centers around the Turbin family who live in Kiev and their circle of friends, who are all caught in the turmoil while trying to make sense of it and preserve their traditional lifestyle.

Having read the novel and watched other older films linked to it, in my view, this TV series has some strengths and many weaknesses. For instance, I found the main characters, the Turbin family itself, difficult to sympathise with at times. Khabensky is a good actor, and yet, most of the film I was thinking "there is Khabensky, looking too old for Dr. Turbin; now Khabensky is dressed as a military officer" and so on. Ksenya Rappoport is sometimes convincing as his sister Elena, sometimes "too modern". Nikolka is plain naive and miraculously recovers, unscathed, from a cannon blast. Some of the secondary characters play their roles extremely well. Aleksey Serebryakov is splendid and moving playing Nay-Turs. But Janina Studilina is thoroughly unconvincing as Anyuta... Some scenes are very moving, because of the contents and because of the way they are played. Other scenes showed the acting a bit too much, like most of the crying scenes, which look plain bad.

Lots of attention paid to detail, interior decoration, light and so forth, very well done.

I do not have a right to discuss the overall political messages in this film, who is treated fairly and who unfairly, antisemitism and so on. I do not want to enter into a debate or start one. I have witnessed nationalism, repression of nationalism, discrimination, etc. in several countries, including in Ukraine itself. Whatever Bulgakov meant to say is there, in the novel he wrote, for all to read and interpret as best we can.

So, I prefer to comment on the sheer genius of Bulgakov, who is able to depict, in a convincing way and in a way that still resonates almost a century later, what these people went through in Kiev following WWI, the attempts to build an independent Ukraine, civil war, the Russian Revolution, etc. Bulgakov's work is a brilliant depiction of how historical events shaped and sometimes destroyed people's lives, how wars swept away values, whole families, personal efforts and achievements.

Since much of this is well reflected in the film, I conclude that it is a film worth watching, despite its many flaws.


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Russian

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3 March 2012 (Russia) See more »

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Biala gwardia See more »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)
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(8 episodes)

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1.78 : 1
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