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Uncle Vanya (1963)

Retired Professor Alexander Serebryakov (Max Adrian) has returned to his estate to live with his beautiful young wife, Yelena (Rosemary Harris). The estate originally belonged to his first ... See full summary »

Director:

Stuart Burge

Writers:

Anton Chekhov (play), Constance Garnett (translation)
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Michael Redgrave ... Uncle Vanya
Robert Lang ... Yefim
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Max Adrian ... Prof. Alexander Serebryakov
Lewis Casson Lewis Casson ... Telyegin
Fay Compton ... Marya, the mother
Rosemary Harris ... Yelena
Laurence Olivier ... Dr. Astrov
Joan Plowright ... Sonya
Sybil Thorndike ... Marina, the nurse
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Retired Professor Alexander Serebryakov (Max Adrian) has returned to his estate to live with his beautiful young wife, Yelena (Rosemary Harris). The estate originally belonged to his first wife, now deceased. Her mother and brother still live there and manage the farm. For many years, the brother, Uncle Vanya (Sir Michael Redgrave), has sent the farm's proceeds to the professor, while receiving only a small salary himself. Sonya (Dame Joan Plowright), the professor's daughter, who is about the same age as his new wife, also lives on the estate. The professor is pompous, vain, and irritable. He calls Dr. Astrov (Sir Laurence Olivier) to treat his gout, only to send him away without seeing him. Astrov is an experienced physician who performs his job conscientiously, but has lost all idealism and spends much of his time drinking. The presence of Yelena introduces a bit of sexual tension into the household. Astrov and Uncle Vanya both fall in love with Yelena. She spurns them both. ... Written by Appelsia

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 November 1963 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Vanja-eno See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The definitive, brilliant production of UNCLE VANYA
3 April 2006 | by bugfatSee all my reviews

I disagree with previous comments. This a perfect production of UNCLE VANYA, one of the world's great dramas. We should be thankful that the stage production was recorded so that all of us can continue to enjoy and be moved by these brilliant performances. Michael Redgrave and Joan Plowright are particularly moving, but Olivier as Astrov and the lovely Rosemary Harris and the legendary Fay Compton are also memorable. Yes, it is not presented in an artificially cinematic style. With this play and this production that doesn't matter. In fact, the nature of the play demands that the camera focus on the faces and body language of the actors. It's their emotions, their reactions to each other that matter. With the camera so close to them, we can see them lying to each other and to themselves. Heartbreaking, brilliant, and unforgettable. A masterful rendition of a masterpiece.


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