Great Performances: Season 3, Episode 7

The Seagull (5 Jan. 1975)

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This quintessential Chekhov drama--his first success--is both comic and tragic. A group of friends and relations gather at a country estate to see the first performance of an experimental ... See full summary »

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This quintessential Chekhov drama--his first success--is both comic and tragic. A group of friends and relations gather at a country estate to see the first performance of an experimental play written and staged by the young man of the house, Konstantin (Frank Langella), an aspiring writer who dreams of bringing new forms to the theatre. Written by Anonymous

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I have rediscovered the brilliance of Chekhov
14 October 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After having studied Chekhov in college classes, I never considered his work to be in the same league as Tennessee Williams or Eugene O'Neill. yes, he was a brilliant Russian playwright who wrote The Seagull. In this filmed play version, the material is fresh with great actors like Blythe Danner who could have been the next Meryl Street in the seventies. It is rather remarkable to see the similar features and compare Blythe Danner and her daughter, Gwyneth Paltrow. As Nina, she is truly the star of this drama. But it has a great cast including the husband-wife team of Louis Zorich and Olympia Dukakis and Frank Langella as a young man. It is wonderful to watch a character actors Kevin McCarthy and Lee Grant too as actors in an ensemble. This filmed version is on par and equal to our British counterparts. There have been many versions but I like this so far. And now, I'll have to reread my Chekhov and discover it's true masterpiece. I also think Marian Spencer gives a great supporting performance as Masha.


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