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.
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.
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[speaking to his uncle, Pjotr Nikolayevich
I love my mother. I love her deeply. But she leads an absurd life. She's always drifting around with that novelist. There's always something about her in the gossip columns, and it all wears me out. Sometimes I'm overcome by the sheer egotism of her simple soul.
[continues, as his uncle soberly listens
I bitterly regret that my mother's a famous actress, and it seems to me that I would be far happier if she were just an ordinary woman. Uncle, can you ...
Referenced in By Sidney Lumet
Sonata No.25 in G, Op.79
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
Arranged by Sonny Burke See more