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Anton Chekhov (short story "Roman s kontrabasom")
Cheslav Sabinsky
Release Date:
16 November 1911 (Russia) See more »
Princess Bibulova decides to go fishing along the river, while not far away, a musician leaves his two companions to go for a swim... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Good Early Attempt at Filming Chekhov See more (1 total) »


Vera Gorskaya ... Princess Bibulova
Nikolai Vasilyev

Directed by
Kai Hansen 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Anton Chekhov  short story "Roman s kontrabasom"
Cheslav Sabinsky 

Cinematography by
Joseph-Louis Mundwiller  (as Georges Meyer)
Production Design by
Cheslav Sabinsky 

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"Roman s kontrabasom" - Russia (original title)
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Russia:7 min
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Version of Story of the Bass Cello (1949)See more »


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Good Early Attempt at Filming Chekhov, 28 April 2004
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

For such an early attempt at filming one of Chekhov's stories, this is quite good. It is amusing, and brings out the main features of the story and its settings. It does simplify the story somewhat, and leaves out or omits some of the humorous details of the original - but to some degree that's to be expected from any movie that is adapted from a literary source, and all the more so with such an early attempt.

The short story on which this is based is probably one of Chekhov's less widely-known works. Many of his lighter short stories are near-masterpieces of economy, getting quite a bit out of a simple humorous situation. "Romance With Double Bass" takes a princess and a musician who find themselves in the same silly predicament along a riverbank, and then builds up the situation from there. There's more to the original story than there is in this filming of it, but the film does a good job of creating the atmosphere and telling the story. The settings are nicely done, and they work well. Overall, it's a good job of literary adaptation for such an early movie.

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