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Vanya on 42nd Street (1994)

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New York actors rehearse Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya" in a dilapidated theatre.

Director:

Louis Malle

Writers:

Anton Chekhov (play), David Mamet (play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Phoebe Brand ... Nanny
Lynn Cohen ... Maman
George Gaynes ... Serybryakov
Jerry Mayer ... Waffles
Julianne Moore ... Yelena
Larry Pine ... Dr. Astrov
Brooke Smith ... Sonya
Wallace Shawn ... Vanya
Andre Gregory ... Himself
Madhur Jaffrey ... Mrs. Chao
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Storyline

An uniterrupted rehersal of Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya" played out by a company of actors. The setting is their run down theater with an unusable stage and crumbling ceiling. The play is shown act by act with the briefest of breaks to move props or for refreshments. The lack of costumes, real props and scenery is soon forgotten. Written by Rob Hartill

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Rated PG for thematic material | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 October 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

'Unchiul Vanya' de pe strada 42 See more »

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Gross USA:

$1,746,050
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Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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In the different acts, some people change clothes, while others don't. Sonya, for instance, wears two different dresses. In a run-through people don't change clothes. See more »

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Version of Onkel Vanja (1971) See more »

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Frustrated Lives and Unrequited Loves
14 October 2012 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In New York, the cast of Anton Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya" rehearse the play in a dilapidated theater on the 42nd Street.

The arrogant and selfish Professor Serybryakov (George Gaynes) is an elderly intellectual married with his gorgeous and younger second wife Yelena (Julianne Moore) that feels trapped in a prison with her marriage. They live in a farm that supports their lifestyle with the Professor Serybryakov's brother-in-law from the first marriage Vanya (Wallace Shawn), who manages the family business with Professor's daughter from his first marriage, Sonya (Brooke Smith), a plain single young woman and Vanya's mother. The local Dr. Astrov (Larry Pine) visits the family every day since he is in love with Yelena. She talks with him about his feelings for Sonya, but Astrov misunderstands and believes she is also in love with him. One day, Sonya confides to Yelena that she has an unrequited love for Dr. Astrov. When Professor Serybryakov discloses his intention of selling the real estate, there is a crisis in the family.

"Vanya on 42nd Street" is a filmed rehearsal of Anton Chekhov's play "Uncle Vanya" by Louis Malle. The talkative story about frustrated lives, where every character wish to have a different existence, is surprisingly engaging since there are no costumes or scenarios, but excellent direction and performances. The beginning is a little boring, I agree, but give a chance to this movie and you will certainly have a great (favorable) surprise. My vote is seven,

Title (Brazil): "Tio Vanya em Nova York" ("Uncle Vanya in New York")


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