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1977 (Spain) See more »
Early in the 20th century, family and friends gather at the country estate of a general's widow, Anna Petrovna... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Nikita Mikhalkov 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Aleksandr Adabashyan  (as A. Adabashyan)
Anton Chekhov  play "Platonov"
Nikita Mikhalkov  (as N. Mikhalkov)

Original Music by
Eduard Artemev 
Cinematography by
Pavel Lebeshev 
Film Editing by
Lyudmila Yelyan 
Production Design by
Aleksandr Adabashyan 
Aleksandr Samulekin 
Costume Design by
Maya Abar-Baranovskaya  (as M. Abar-Baranovskaya)
Production Management
Tatyana Zhigayeva .... production manager

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Also Known As:
"Neokonchennaya pyesa dlya mekhanicheskogo pianino" - Soviet Union (original title)
"Platanov" - USA (review title)
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103 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
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Crew or equipment visible: In a scene towards the end of the film where Platonov storms down a hallway, he walks past a person just to his right who is clearly a crew member wearing modern clothing and holding a piece of equipment.See more »
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14 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Another Amazing Russian Film, 16 August 2007
Author: ekeby from wisconsin

Constantly this film makes you reflect on your own life, your relationships, your place in the world.

This slice of life depicts a day in the life of Russian gentry in the late 19th century, warts and all. They're silly and pensive, boring and fascinating, shallow and profound--in short a mass of contradictions, like most people really are. If the theme is the path taken, the plot might be said to be a glimpse of the path NOT taken.

The photography is gorgeous, and the direction and editing are flawless. What makes the film, what really puts it over, are the superb, subtle, multi-dimensional performances.

There is a scene toward the end of the movie where a character goes careening down a hillside, descending into a fit of madness. The camera just observes, but the scene is completely and totally surreal wholly because of the actor's performance. I cannot recall seeing anything like it ever, either in content or skill.

And the last shot of the movie is absolutely breathtaking in its simplicity, innocence, and composition. Movies don't get much better than this one.

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