Strange apparition, strange, icy wind, strange
The Russian Duke holds a séance with his friends. Distant, strange
lights, piercing wind, the message of death. A young country
nobleman (Pierrot) is also in the group, although he participates
reluctantly. The incantation may be successful: a wonderful woman
appears before them. The young man thinks he recognises his fiancée
in the spirit, whom he calls Colombina.
I have mastered the sweet art of seduction. Yes, yes, in so I
can bear the icy storm of my heart.
In a dreamlike, whirling ball at the Dukes palace, one of the Dukes
guests, an enigmatic globe-trotter (Arlecchino) is contemplating
the relationship between boredom and passion. Two local
aristocrats, the amazed Aleksei and Dimitri challenge him. Pierrot
leads his fiancée, the shy Colombina into the ballroom. Arlecchino
notices the special woman. The identities of these three guests are
still not revealed, which may not be without
The people are singing, dancing and dont hear what is
The disillusioned poet Desiré is wandering through the ball alone
while his intoxicated imagination tortures him with menacing
images. Colombina, who is entirely enchanted and upset by the
glitter, shine and new experiences, confesses her love to her
fiancé. Desiré and Arlecchino begin to court him almost at the same
time. The drunken poet raises fear in her heart, but she sees the
attractive stranger in the mysterious mans eyes. The old fire may
be reignited in his heart.
Our life is sleeping but in ecstasy manifests itself
Aleksei and Dimitri start playing the lovestruck Pierrot with
drinks to clear the way for Arlecchino. Desiré arrives suddenly,
accidentally bumping into the young man and leaving an ugly mustard
stain on his shirt. Arlecchino and Colombina meet and encounter the
wonder of love as the outside world ceases to exist for
Who are you? Who? I dont know who you are. Be aware of the
drunkard, little girl. If he touches you, you will turn into a
An enormous Russian folk festival begins at the ball. The rayok,
and the peep show puppet theatre with its saucy scenes, completely
takes hold of the noble crowd. They exchange partners as they
dance, sing and make merry. Arlecchino is swept away from
Colombina. Desiré is town by the sight of the unreachable woman and
attempts to draw himself closer to her in his own inimitable
Love is mere hopelessness, absurd speculation about a
At last the Duke arrives, the long-awaited host. He is looking for
his foreign friend Arlecchino. Arlecchino, understanding that he is
not the right man for her, offers the object of his desire to dance
with the Duke willingly but with pain in his heart.
Thats the way we are, men and women. We scrutinise silence,
pale time, and beauty washes over us.
The woman and the Duke as a pair.
Aleksei and Dimitri contemplate love.
A pallid ball of the bleak soul.
The guests at the ball discuss the usual banalities, praising the
ball and how they are enjoying themselves, cursing the weather.
Desiré flits among them with his boundless displeasure - he is
unable to make peace with himself.
Tonight, we are going to tell a nice story. A nice tale from
the distant past. A wonderful and exciting tale. It is about love,
it sings of pain and the heart weeps sweetly.
The guests of the Russian ball await and welcome the joyous song of
the European comedians arriving from sunny Italy. The three actors
are Colombina, Pierrot and Arlecchino. (It is as if we have already
met them tonight… but we cant be sure that it was them.) At long
last, the Duke arrives too. Let the performance begin!
The commedia dellarte company performs the story of a love triangle
in the vein of Pagliacci. Filled with desire, Colombina awaits her
love Arlecchino, who arrives in secret and they unite among words
of passion. Unfortunately, their time together cannot last long as
they are interrupted by Pierrots return home. The vengeful, cheated
lover stabs Arlecchino, also killing his lover Colombina after
making a beautiful confession of love. The performance is over, the
audiences confused and forced applause is led by the
But no my Duke. It would be impossible. Tragedy is the
essence of our nature. The true logic of feelings.
The Duke is displeased with the tragic outcome of the performance
and demands a new ending: a joyous, forgiving and merciful ending.
Arlecchinos protestations are in vain, the Duke has no interests in
discussing art, the actors must bow to the desires of their client
and start to improvise.
I want the curtain now!
The despairing actors resume the end of the performance from the
death of Arlecchino. They are grasping for a happy ending, which
appears beyond them, they cannot find the right words or theatrical
tools. Pierrot has a saving idea: he asks for a kiss from his
darling. Colombina holds back, she is reluctant but eventually
finds the right tone and they unite in a kiss. Watching over the
performance, Desiré, who feels cheated by the world and love,
shoots Colombina from the audience. The woman dies, the guests
A strange silver night it is.She doesnt dance any more, sings
no more, She doesnt feel any more. She has left for the other
The Duke and Desiré are left alone. They mourn the woman, love and
their lost hopes. The spiritists gather again for the séance to
begin once more. Will the story be any different when it all starts
again from the beginning?