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The Cherry Orchard (1999)

Not Rated | | Drama | 12 January 2000 (France)
Madame Ranevskaya (Rampling) is a spoiled aging aristocratic lady, who returns from a trip to Paris to face the loss of her magnificent Cherry Orchard estate after a default on the mortgage... See full summary »

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Madame Ranevskaya (Rampling) is a spoiled aging aristocratic lady, who returns from a trip to Paris to face the loss of her magnificent Cherry Orchard estate after a default on the mortgage. In denial, she continues living in the past, deluding herself and her family, while the beautiful cherry trees are being axed down by the re-possessor Lopakhin (Teale), her former serf, who has his own agenda. Written by Steve Shelokhonov

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12 January 2000 (France)  »

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El jardín de los cerezos  »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$12,738 (USA) (24 February 2002)

Gross:

$135,280 (USA)
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Helen Mirren was supposed to play the part of Ranyevskaya, eventually played by Charlotte Rampling. She was involved with the project from the very beginning, and even attended the rehearsals. But when director Mihalis Kakogiannis announced that no one was to leave Bulgaria during the three months of filming, she pulled out. See more »

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Version of BBC Play of the Month: The Cherry Orchard (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

String Quartet No 3
Composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performed by Chamber Orchestra Kremlin
Conducted by Misha Rachlevsky
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It's a frustrating way to have to see Chekhov's excellent play.
14 September 2003 | by (Jacksonville, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Michael Cacoyannis seems strangely reluctant to tell this story in a straightforward, understandable fashion. This ridiculously edited film rates a 7 out of 10 only because it does, in its idiosyncratic way, convey something of the story of a Russian woman, of the landed gentry, fallen on hard times, who is desperately seeking to preserve the ownership of her estate, on which is an ancient and beloved cherry orchard. If she is forced to sell, the orchard will be cut down and the estate "developed" into "affordable housing". So what else is new, eh?

By all, this is the choppiest editing and directing style I have ever encountered. Chekhov's play is certainly not constructed this way. There is no effort to introduce characters in an orderly fashion so that one may get to know who they are, and what their relationships and motivations are. Some of this eventually emerges if you are patient and alert enough, but don't blink! Some of the cast work is excellent. They must have been frustrated, though, if they knew what kind of editing would appear in the final cut.


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