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Vanya on 42nd Street -- Wallace Shawn and Julianne Moore head an extraordinary ensemble cast in a striking adaptation of Chekhov's drama of people trapped between reality and longing.
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19 October 1994 (USA) See more »
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New York actors rehearse Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya" in a dilapidated theatre. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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8 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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Captures the complexity of Tchekhov's masterpiece See more (30 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Phoebe Brand ... Nanny

Lynn Cohen ... Maman

George Gaynes ... Serybryakov
Jerry Mayer ... Waffles

Julianne Moore ... Yelena

Larry Pine ... Dr. Astrov

Brooke Smith ... Sonya

Wallace Shawn ... Vanya
Andre Gregory ... Himself

Madhur Jaffrey ... Mrs. Chao
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Oren Moverman ... Flip Innunu (uncredited)

Directed by
Louis Malle 
 
Writing credits
Anton Chekhov (play "Dyadya Vanya")

David Mamet (play adaptation)

Andre Gregory (screenplay)

Produced by
Fred Berner .... producer
Alysse Bezahler .... associate producer
Beverly Karp .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Joshua Redman 
 
Cinematography by
Declan Quinn 
 
Film Editing by
Nancy Baker 
 
Production Design by
Eugene Lee 
 
Art Direction by
Daniele Perna 
 
Costume Design by
Gary Jones 
 
Makeup Department
Sharon Ilson .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gary Marcus .... first assistant director
 
Sound Department
Joel Holland .... sound recordist
Tod A. Maitland .... sound
David Platt .... boom operator
Reilly Steele .... sound re-recording mixer
Philip Stockton .... sound editor
Steven Visscher .... foley editor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Phillip V. Caruso .... still photographer
Richard Dobbs .... dolly grip
Clay Liversidge .... second electric
Don Muchow .... gaffer
Mark van Rossen .... electrician
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sue Gandy .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Donna Donato .... assistant editor
Michael Yetter .... negative cutter
 
Other crew
Louis Katz .... production physician
France Lachapelle .... script supervisor
Gen Max .... production assistant
Kim Yu .... publicist: Canada
 
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Anne Dillon .... special thanks
 

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Rated PG for thematic material
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One of a handful of American movies directed by French director Louis Malle which signify a place in the film's title. The pictures include Alamo Bay (1985), Atlantic City (1980) and Vanya on 42nd Street (1994).See more »
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Version of Oncle Vania (1962) (TV)See more »

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11 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Captures the complexity of Tchekhov's masterpiece, 26 December 2003
Author: ataulealo from Melbourne, Australia

Malle's adaptation handles Tchekhov's notoriously difficult shifts in mood and context excellently, investing every scene and almost every word with an edge of ambivalence and frustration, and the performances are all first-rate. Moore in particular, from her first appearance in the film (which is without dialogue) to the final scene constructs a really intelligent performance as Yeliena, I feel, and she seems to cover the whole gamut of Yeliena's character from the giggly and superficial to the introspective.

With all due respect to the American school this film could have descended easily into overwrought Tennessee Williams-esque Naturalism with lots of method-style spitting and uncomfortable truth. Instead the intellectual, spiritual dimensions of Tchekhov's play are always brought to the fore, in addition of course to Tchekhov's dark brand of humour, where the actors (particularly Julianne Moore) laugh through their tears and visa versa. Avoiding the common temptation of drawing out the play's anguished characters at a snail's pace, Malle also paces the film well, with an emphasis on lightness and subtlety of delivery - the result is both intellectually and emotionally satisfying.

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