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The Sea Gull (1968)

An aging actress named Irina Arkidana pays summer visits to her brother Pjotr Nikolayevich Sorin and her son Konstantin on a country estate. On one occasion, she brings Trigorin, a ... See full summary »

Director:

Sidney Lumet

Writers:

Anton Chekhov (play), Moura Budberg (adaptation)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Mason ... Trigorin
Vanessa Redgrave ... Nina
Simone Signoret ... Irina Arkadina
David Warner ... Konstantin Treplev
Harry Andrews ... Pjotr Nikolayevich Sorin
Denholm Elliott ... Dr. Yevgeny Dorn
Eileen Herlie ... Polina
Alfred Lynch ... Semyon Medvedenko
Ronald Radd Ronald Radd ... Shamraev
Kathleen Widdoes Kathleen Widdoes ... Masha
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An aging actress named Irina Arkidana pays summer visits to her brother Pjotr Nikolayevich Sorin and her son Konstantin on a country estate. On one occasion, she brings Trigorin, a successful novelist, with her. Nina, a free and innocent girl on a neighboring estate, falls in love with Boris Trigorin. As Trigorin lightly consumes and rejects Nina, so the actress all her life has consumed and rejected her son, who loves Nina. The victims are destroyed while the sophisticates continue on their way. Written by alfiehitchie

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Once there was a girl who lived carefree and happy like a sea gull; until a man chanced along and having nothing better to do - destroyed her. See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Language:

English

Release Date:

November 1969 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Gaivota See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film cast includes two Oscar winners: Vanessa Redgrave and Simone Signoret; and two Oscar nominees: James Mason and Denholm Elliott. See more »

Goofs

The shadows of the actors often go in the opposite direction of the natural outdoor shadows cast by the late afternoon sun. See more »

Quotes

Konstantin Treplev: [Speaking to his uncle, Pjotr Nikolayevich] She knows very well that the theater as it is means *nothing* to me. She ADORES it! She sees herself serving humanity. She thinks of the theater as some kind of sacred art. Well, as far as I'm concerned, the theater as it is today is dead. A mere convention.
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Connections

Version of Great Performances: The Seagull (1975) See more »

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Waltz No.2 in B Minor, Op.69
(uncredited)
Music by Frédéric Chopin
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Cult of Celebrity in old mother Russia
11 August 2012 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Years ago I went to a production of The Cherry Orchard in which a friend of mine was appearing. Watching The Sea Gull today I was struck by the fact that once again Chekhov used a rural setting for a play with a group of characters away from the hustle and bustle of Russian urban life.

That's where it ends though. In The Cherry Orchard the group were aristocrats who were bemoaning the fact that revolutionary forces were getting a bit close to home and they might have to leave their well ordered lives for health reasons. Here they're celebrities of sort, possible aristocrats within their own set. Two of them have followings. One is James Mason a writer of some note although he freely admits he has not the acclaim of a Tolstoy. The other is Simone Signoret a noted actress of the day who also has not the acclaim of a Sarah Bernhardt or an Eleanora Duse.

Like Bernhardt, Signoret has a son in David Warner who can't find his place in the world or I should say her world because circumstances dictate he be part of it. He's hopelessly in love with the neighbor's girl Vanessa Redgrave. She in turn would like to be an actress, but more than that would like to be a groupie for James Mason whom she regards with awe. She gets her wish.

As for the celebrities there's a lot less to Mason and Signoret than meets the eye. It ends badly for the younger generation.

Years before the mid 20th Century Chekhov discovered and wrote about the cult of celebrity. The film itself has some dull spots and Sidney Lumet has done better with more modern subjects. Still the cast is great and the best accolades go to David Warner whose character revolves the story The Sea Gull.


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