This film is a record of probably the most famous English-language Chekhov production. Of course it's not the same as actually being in the theatre with Olivier and Redgrave, but it's still terrific.
Another reviewer commented negatively about the difference between stage and film acting, but in fact this "Vanya" offers one of Olivier's best *film* performances -- it's subtle and biting, cold-hearted and sweet-natured, incredibly complex and great. And Redgrave isn't far behind him.
10 out of 10
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