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The Sea Gull(1968)

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  • Splendid Adaptation

    • Tristan Robin Blakeman
    • 6/1/16

    I'm so excited to get the chance to see this film again. I first saw it in high school - and it began a life long love affair with Chekhov's works for me. Perhaps it's nostalgia, but as much as I am drawn to "Uncle Vanya, "The Cherry Orchard," "Three Sisters," etc., it's "The Seagull" - and this production in particular - that most enamors me.The young and stunning Vanessa Redgrave, the youthful and passionate James Mason, David Warner and Simone Signoret in their prime - what could be more enthralling? Basically, this film adaptation is just the play performed on location shots - so almost every word of Chekhov's is in the script. And they are spoken with the delicacy and fever and trembling fear and grandiose braggadocio that springs those words to life and makes them sing.Watching the spiritual rot of Nina and Konstantin as the two "artists" (as opposed to the two "celebrities") exposes the talents of these two actors who will become known as two of the finest actors of their generation.Highly recommended - and young people 16 will enjoy it if they're willing to forego adventure scene battles and superhero hijinx.

  • Everyone at the top of their game

    • Ellen Maxwell
    • 8/11/12

    The Seagull by Anton Chekov gets a perfect cinema adaptation by Sidney Lumet. The standouts are David Warner as the son of a remarkable actress, struggling to become a person in his own right after a childhood spent in the shadow of her career, and Vanessa Redgrave, as a young woman from a repressed home who has a ruinous affaire. They leap off the screen with their intensity, without a single bit of scenery -chewing. Harry Andrews , Katherine Widdoes, Denholm Elliot and Eileen Herlie are all very good. James mason is pitch-perfect as a somewhat second-rate writer. The weak link to me is, surprisingly, Simone Signoret. See Elaine Strich in September or Ingrid Bergman in Autumn Sonata for two similar roles. The sets by Tony Walton are beautiful, and, if my Russian friends are to be believed, authentic. I have seen the direction by Sidney Lumet, criticized for change of tone amounting to making scenes paper as if they came from different movies. I don't see that at all. The tone seems perfectly matched, and the shooting in the Finnish set seems perfect. This is a must see, and needs to be on DVD.

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