Videos about themes from the novel
In the novel Bulgakov often uses notions which the Russians understand without any problem but which have no meaning to people from the west. Sometimes they are linked to typical Soviet phenomenons which the Russians of today remember very well, like the communal apartments for example. And sometimes he refers to traditions of the Russian culture still existing today like, for instance, the dachas or the delightful Russian way of celebrating.
You can use the menu to the right to watch the videos.
Some of the videos presented here are fragments from Russian movies also known in the western world. They have been selected because they are nice examples of notions used in the novel.
But there exist much more beautiful movies which can be helpful to understand the Russian society better. The English pages of the Dutch website Moskwood offers a very nice selection of subtitled Russian movies which can be ordered online.