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The Sea Gull (1968)

G | | Drama, Romance | November 1969 (UK)
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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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

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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

Last film of Eileen Herlie. 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

Dr. Yevgeny Dorn: It's ungenerous to express discontent with life at the age of 67.
Pjotr Nikolayevich Sorin: What a stubborn fellow you are. Can't you understand that one may *want* to live?
Dr. Yevgeny Dorn: That's just frivolous! It's one of the laws of nature that life has to have an end.
Pjotr Nikolayevich Sorin: You're arguing like a man who's had his fill. You've been satisfied. Therefore, you're indifferent to life, and you don't care. But you, too, will be afraid of dying!
Dr. Yevgeny Dorn: The fear of death is an animal fear. Why don't you try to suppress it?
Dr. Yevgeny Dorn: [pauses, then continues] Only ...
[...]
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Connections

Featured in American Masters: By Sidney Lumet (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Waltz No.2 in B Minor, Op.69
(uncredited)
Music by Frédéric Chopin
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Romantic and artistic angst among the Russian gentry.
7 May 2017 | by lar_lefSee all my reviews

Too long and philosophic for the modern movie viewer. Dramatic monologues that try the patience. Maybe great for Russians of Chekhov's day when people had plenty of time to look into their tea leaves. Hard to believe the talented director of the movie came up with this. overstuffed more than the sea gull in the play. I felt like a philistine writing this, but that's my reaction.


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