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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 cast took salaries of just $25,000 each, which allowed Sidney Lumet to film it for less than $850,000. 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] 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.
Konstantin Treplev: [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 ...
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Connections

Referenced in By Sidney Lumet (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Sonata No.25 in G, Op.79
(uncredited)
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
Arranged by Sonny Burke
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ART IS NOT APPRECIATED
5 April 2004 | by wim-vorsterSee all my reviews

Why is that art is not appreciated? This film was directed by the very same Sidney Lumet of DOG DAY AFTERNOON, TWELVE ANGRY MAN etc fame, and it gets a 5 from 38 IMDb voters!! Sidney Lumet captured the essence of Chekhov's Russia as no other English speaking director ever has. James Mason, Simone Signoret and David Warner are all superb in their parts, but Vanessa Redgrave as Nina crawls into the skin of the character and delivers (yet another one of her) absolutely brilliant portrayal(s) Her rendition of the play within a play - not particularly well received by her mother (Signoret was truly a diamond) is heartbreaking and the symbolism of the sea gull and Nina herself fuse into an eternal unit. Perhaps Vanessa Redgrave, despite so many accolades, is the most underrated British actress. Her versatility is astounding. [Compare her in this with her portrayal of Andromache in Cacoyannis' WOMEN OF TROY.] But the interplay between all the characters, the subtleties of their longings, passions and disappointments are supremely brought to life albeit on the silver screen by Mr Lumet. Any serious filmgoer/lover should see this beautiful, touching and thought-provoking film. Bravo!


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