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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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Final film directed by Louis Malle. See more »

Goofs

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 Zio Vania di Anton Cechov (1990) See more »

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Remarkable filming of a play
20 July 1999 | by stills-6See all my reviews

The idea of filming a play gets turned upside down as we see the players before and after the (rehearsal) performance, essentially as themselves. One remarkable scene shows the cast during intermission chatting with each other and audience members while munching on goodies from a caterer. It gives the experience of watching a play in an old, run-down theater, including comments from the director.

The play itself is no less remarkable. Shawn is a gifted actor, one of the few who can bring his entire body into a role. The rehearsal atmosphere takes some getting used to - it's hard to tell when real life ends and the play starts. There are no costumes, little in the way of sets, but it all works because the performances are so compelling. And Chekhov's Uncle Vanya is surprisingly relevant 100 years after it was written.


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