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Prince Nekhlyudov sits on a jury for the trial of a young woman accused of robbing and poisoning a merchant. He recognizes the woman as Katyusha, recalling their meeting 10 years earlier: As a young army officer, Nekhlyudov spent the summer at the countryside home of his maiden aunts. Here he met their ward, Katyusha, a peasant girl, and they fell in love. He seduced her and returned to his career, giving her a sum of money and leaving her in the care of his aunts, who sent her away upon discovering that she was pregnant. The baby died shortly after birth, and Katyusha slipped into a life of prostitution. At the conclusion of the trial, Katyusha is sentenced to 4 years at hard labor, and Nekhlyudov feels that he is to blame for her situation. He uses his influence to appeal the verdict and visits Katyusha in prison, seeking to make amends for his past conduct and proposing marriage. Hardened by her life of the past 10 years, she rebuffs his efforts, but gradually, in the light of his continued solicitude, her attitude toward him softens. He follows her into Siberia and eventually succeeds in having her sentence reduced. Again she refuses his marriage proposal; having found a new life among the political prisoners, she decides to remain in exile at the side of a fellow convict, Simonson.
Released in the U.S.S.R. in two parts, the first in November 1960 and the second in March 1962; running times: 100 and 107 min. Soviet title: Voskreseniye.