Watch Online: Lieutenant Kije with English Subtitles

A scene from the 1934 Russian film Lieutenant Kije, for which Prokofiev composed the musical score.(Photo: from Lieutenant Kije (1934), directed by Aleksandr Faintsimmer (from Google Video))
A scene from the 1934 Russian film Lieutenant Kije, for which Prokofiev composed the musical score.(Photo: from Lieutenant Kije (1934), directed by Aleksandr Faintsimmer (from Google Video))

Sergei Prokofiev’s Lieutenant Kije Suite is one of classical music’s best loved works. Pulled from the score for the 1934 Russian film Lieutenant Kije, about a Russian military clerical error run comically amok, Prokofiev’s music is a piquant reminder of the idiocies of overblown bureaucracy.

If you’d like to hear Prokofiev’s music in its original film context, you can watch the long difficult-to-acquire Lieutenant Kije here, with English subtitles. (Audio begins after the credits.)

Happy viewing!

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