The Song of Igor's Campaign Movies & Media Adaptations

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Prince Igor, an opera written in 1890 by the Russian composer Alexander Porfir'yevich Borodin, is based on in The Song of Igor's Campaign. Borodin added to the tale some episodes and descriptions from two Russian chronicles.

In the 1920s, Russian artist Ivan Golikov painted a series of lacquer miniatures illustrating The Song of Igor's Campaign. These are considered to be masterpieces of this Russian art form. According to M.A. Nekrasova, "A distinctive and expansive rhythm conveys the determined spirit of the Russian warriors .... The colour blue ... is always threatening. Blue flashes of lightning rend the clouds on the morning of the battle at the Kayala river; Svyatoslav sees a blue wine containing deadly poison in his dream; and the werewolf Vseslav is shrouded in blue mist. Golikov makes extensive use of this symbolic meaning of the colour, especially when depicting the eclipse of the sun over the heads...

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