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Anton Chekhov (play)
Moura Budberg (adaptation)
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22 October 1969 (France) See more »
The young are always young, foolish and totally our of step. See more »
An aging actress named Irina Arkidana pays summer visits to her brother Pjotr Nikolayevich Sorin and her son Konstantin on a country estate... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Sidney Lumet 
Writing credits
Anton Chekhov (play "Chayka")

Moura Budberg (adaptation & translation)

Produced by
F. Sherwin Green .... associate producer
Sidney Lumet .... producer
Cinematography by
Gerry Fisher 
Film Editing by
Alan Heim 
Production Design by
Tony Walton 
Set Decoration by
Rune Hjelm 
Rolf Larsson 
Costume Design by
Tony Walton 
Makeup Department
Kjell Gustavsson .... hairdresser
Kjell Gustavsson .... makeup artist
Tina Johansson .... hairdresser
Tina Johansson .... makeup artist
Production Management
Ronald Sundberg .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Waldemar Bergendahl .... assistant director
Art Department
Erik Bjørk .... scenic artist (as Eric Bjork)
Lennart Clemens .... design assistant
Philip Rosenberg .... design assistant
Sound Department
Les Hammond .... sound recordist (as Leslie Hammond)
Fred Tomlin .... boom operator
Camera and Electrical Department
Anders Bodin .... camera operator
Mike Rutter .... focus puller (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Maj Eriksson .... wardrobe (as Maj Erikson)
Eve Faloon .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Joanne Burke .... assistant editor
Other crew
Inga-Lisa Britz .... continuity
Crew believed to be complete

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141 min
Color (Technicolor)
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Last film of Eileen Herlie.See more »
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Version of Chayka (1972)See more »
Sonata No.25 in G, Op.79See more »


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Cult of Celebrity in old mother Russia, 11 August 2012
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Years ago I went to a production of The Cherry Orchard in which a friend of mine was appearing. Watching The Sea Gull today I was struck by the fact that once again Chekhov used a rural setting for a play with a group of characters away from the hustle and bustle of Russian urban life.

That's where it ends though. In The Cherry Orchard the group were aristocrats who were bemoaning the fact that revolutionary forces were getting a bit close to home and they might have to leave their well ordered lives for health reasons. Here they're celebrities of sort, possible aristocrats within their own set. Two of them have followings. One is James Mason a writer of some note although he freely admits he has not the acclaim of a Tolstoy. The other is Simone Signoret a noted actress of the day who also has not the acclaim of a Sarah Bernhardt or an Eleanora Duse.

Like Bernhardt, Signoret has a son in David Warner who can't find his place in the world or I should say her world because circumstances dictate he be part of it. He's hopelessly in love with the neighbor's girl Vanessa Redgrave. She in turn would like to be an actress, but more than that would like to be a groupie for James Mason whom she regards with awe. She gets her wish.

As for the celebrities there's a lot less to Mason and Signoret than meets the eye. It ends badly for the younger generation.

Years before the mid 20th Century Chekhov discovered and wrote about the cult of celebrity. The film itself has some dull spots and Sidney Lumet has done better with more modern subjects. Still the cast is great and the best accolades go to David Warner whose character revolves the story The Sea Gull.

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