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Anton Chekhov's The Duel -- In ANTON CHEKHOV'S THE DUEL, escalating animosity between two men with opposing philosophies of life is played out against the backdrop of a decaying seaside resort along the Black Sea coast. Laevsky is a dissipated romantic given to gambling and flirtation. He has run off to the sea with beautiful, emotionally empty, Nadya, another man's wife. Laevsky has now grown tired of her, but two obstacles block his route to escape: he is broke, and he faces the absolute enmity of Von Koren, an arrogant zoologist and former friend who can no longer tolerate Laevsky's irresponsibility. Soon Laevsky confronts Von Koren, accusing him of meddling in his affairs, but Von Koren maneuvers a criticism Laevsky makes of their mutual friend, Dr. Samoylenko, into a challenge to a duel. Utterly discombobulated and honor bound, Laevsky agrees to this absurdity -- a duel it shall be! A duel as comically inadvertent as it is inevitable.
Anton Chekhov's The Duel -- Based on a short story by the great Russian playwright, THE DUEL deals with a passion that has turned to dust in the hot sun, and the animosity between two men with opposing philosophies of life.


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  (in credits order)

Andrew Scott ... Laevsky

Fiona Glascott ... Nadia

Tobias Menzies ... Von Koren
Niall Buggy ... Samoylenko

Nicholas Rowe ... Sheshkovsky

Michelle Fairley ... Marya
Simon Trinder ... Postal Superintendent
Debbie Chazen ... Olga
Graham Turner ... Atchmianov Senior

Jeremy Swift ... Deacon
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Boris Bakal ... Postal Clerk
Alister Cameron ... Ustimovitch
Mislav Cavajda ... Kirilin
Franka Gulin ... Blind Masseuse
Matija Jaksekovic ... Officer
Neven Jercel ... Tatar Horseman / Mountaineer

Rik Makarem ... Atchmianov
Tea Matanovic ... Natalya Ivanovna
Juliana Overmeer ... Lady with the Lapdog
Ilya Sarossy ... Ilyanna
Igor Sestric ... Stevedore

Goran Kostic ... (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Dover Koshashvili 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Mary Bing  written by
Anton Chekhov  novel

Produced by
Mary Bing .... producer
Suza Horvat .... co-producer
Per Melita .... co-producer
Igor Nola .... co-producer
Frank Pavich .... assistant producer
Donald Rosenfeld .... producer
Original Music by
Angelo Milli 
Cinematography by
Paul Sarossy 
Film Editing by
Kate Williams 
Casting by
Irina Damic 
Joyce Nettles 
Production Design by
Ivo Husnjak 
Art Direction by
Nenad Pecur 
Ivica Trpcic 
Set Decoration by
Zeljko Luter 
Costume Design by
Sergio Ballo 
Makeup Department
Marija Bingula .... wig maker
Jolanda Buhin .... key hair stylist
Ana Bulajic-Crcek .... makeup designer
Merima Dikoti .... additional hair stylist
Lisa Jericevich .... assistant makeup artist
Stefanija Roso .... additional hair stylist
Production Management
Mike Harrop .... post-production supervisor
Per Melita .... production manager
Dubravko Petrovic .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kirijana Nikoloska .... second assistant director
Zoran Sudar .... first assistant director
Mladen Vragovic .... second second assistant director
Jan Zalar .... second assistant director
Art Department
Josip Bauk .... construction labor
Ratko Bilus .... construction labor
Damir Crtalic .... construction labor
Mio Josipovic .... construction labor
Damir Kljaic .... construction labor
Goran Kovacevic .... construction labor
Juliana Overmeer .... assistant production designer
Josip Rodbinic .... construction labor
Stjepan Samec .... construction labor
Sasa Spoljaric .... construction labor
Zlatko Stanicic .... construction labor
Zvonko Vrbanec .... carpenter
Sound Department
Mark Appleby .... adr mixer
Ryan Collison .... foley engineer
Robert Edwards .... adr recordist
Dan Korintus .... dialogue editor
Tony Martinez .... supervising sound editor
Eric McAllister .... assistant sound editor
Jay Peck .... foley artist
Jacob Ribicoff .... sound effects editor
Stjepan Suskovic .... sound mixer
Bill Sweeney .... sound editor (as William Sweeney)
Dominick Tavella .... sound re-recording mixer
Damir Valincic .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Gaia Bussolati .... special effects: consultant
Branko Repalust .... special effects
Kristijan Repalust .... special effects assistant
Visual Effects by
David Piombino .... lead compositor: Big Film Design
Adrienne Winterhalter .... visual effects producer
Petar Bencic .... stunts
Ivo Kristof .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Zdenko Bilandzija .... best boy
Bob Davidson .... gaffer
Damir Gajdek .... balloon light operator
Samir Kadric .... electrician
Branko Knez .... first assistant camera
Marin Marsic .... camera loader
Jeton Peci .... electrician
Nikola Predovic .... still photographer
Lauretta Prevost .... second assistant camera
Milan Prpic .... grip
Vlado Rukavina .... electrician
Josip Siladi .... grip
Josip Siladi .... key grip
Jan Tomasek .... on-set video assist
Marko Voljevac .... electrician
Zivko Zalar .... first assistant camera: "B" camera
Zeljko Zupan .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Casting Department
Vivienne Storry .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Blanka Budak .... assistant costume designer
Lejla Graho .... costume supervisor
Sandra Polanec .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
May Kuckro .... assistant editor
Patricia Sztaba .... negative cutter
Stan Sztaba .... negative cutter
Location Management
Vlaho Krile .... assistant location manager
Enver Omerovic .... location manager
Mladen Ozbolt .... location scout
Predrag Vojnovic .... location manager
Music Department
Mariana Carreras .... music contractor
Angelo Milli .... conductor
Angelo Milli .... music mixer
Angelo Milli .... orchestrator
Gerardo Perez Giusti .... additional orchestrator
Nic Ratner .... music editor
Transportation Department
Zdravko Plese .... transportation coordinator
Ilija Prgomet .... driver
Zeljko Prgomet .... driver
Davor Travinic-Trava .... driver
Other crew
Randall Balsmeyer .... title designer
Maja Bosnic .... production secretary
Zdenka Gold .... production coordinator
Goranka Greif-Soro .... script supervisor
Eric A. Knapp .... pre-production coordinator
Jonna McLaughlin .... pre-production coordinator
Robert Nickson .... production consultant
Rachel Schnipper .... production coordinator: NY unit
Robert L. Seigel .... legal services
Igor Sestric .... production assistant
Vanja Tausan .... production assistant
Gordana Zivkovic .... production accountant
Andreas Roald .... special thanks
Lynn Rosenfeld .... special thanks

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"The Duel" - International (English title) (short title)
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USA:95 min
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Loved it, 17 June 2010
Author: jim smith ( from New York, NY

The "strong" man may be merely rigid, the "weak" man may be merely too self-aware, given to pressing his sore spots and picking at his scabs. In a moment of great crisis which man will be broken and which will stand, trembling perhaps, but stand up to his mortality.

As with all of Chekhov's works, time moves slowly here, the better to catch the subtle turns of tone and shading of character in his people.

Andrew Scott is unforgettable as Laevsky, but don't get me started. The entire ensemble works so well, so enjoyably. And when that happens it means the invisible, unheard hero of the piece is the director. His name is Dover Kashashvili. Jim Smith

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