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Anton Chekhov's The Duel (2010)

Not Rated | | Drama | 28 April 2010 (USA)
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Director:

Dover Koshashvili

Writers:

Mary Bing, Anton Chekhov (novel)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Andrew Scott ... Laevsky
Fiona Glascott ... Nadia
Tobias Menzies ... Von Koren
Niall Buggy Niall Buggy ... Samoylenko
Nicholas Rowe ... Sheshkovsky
Michelle Fairley ... Marya
Simon Trinder Simon Trinder ... Postal Superintendent
Debbie Chazen ... Olga
Graham Turner Graham Turner ... Atchmianov Senior
Jeremy Swift ... Deacon
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Boris Bakal Boris Bakal ... Postal Clerk
Alister Cameron Alister Cameron ... Ustimovitch
Mislav Cavajda Mislav Cavajda ... Kirilin
Franka Gulin Franka Gulin ... Blind Masseuse
Matija Jaksekovic Matija Jaksekovic ... Officer
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In ANTON CHEKHOV'S THE DUEL, escalating animosity between two men with opposing philosophies of life is played out against the backdrop of a decaying seaside resort along the Black Sea coast. Laevsky is a dissipated romantic given to gambling and flirtation. He has run off to the sea with beautiful, emotionally empty, Nadya, another man's wife. Laevsky has now grown tired of her, but two obstacles block his route to escape: he is broke, and he faces the absolute enmity of Von Koren, an arrogant zoologist and former friend who can no longer tolerate Laevsky's irresponsibility. Soon Laevsky confronts Von Koren, accusing him of meddling in his affairs, but Von Koren maneuvers a criticism Laevsky makes of their mutual friend, Dr. Samoylenko, into a challenge to a duel. Utterly discombobulated and honor bound, Laevsky agrees to this absurdity -- a duel it shall be! A duel as comically inadvertent as it is inevitable. Written by Anonymous

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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

28 April 2010 (USA) See more »

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Anton Chekhov's The Duel See more »

Filming Locations:

Croatia

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Production Co:

Duel Productions See more »
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Color:

Color
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I am not quite sure.....
9 November 2011 | by rightwingisevilSee all my reviews

I just felt bored and disconnected while watching this film. I also considered that although Andrew Scott is not a bad actor but definitely a mis-cast for the main character, as he looked so down-and-out like a bum or a homeless guy in this film, over-my-dead-body any woman would pay attention to him, albeit in love with him. The guy he played should have felt lucky enough that he could stay with a adulterous woman who still loved him and liked to live with him under the same roof. If I were her, living with a guy so spiritless, depressed and felt trapped, I might have flirted with more men to cheer up the days.

But the strongest feeling when watching this movie was how boring the life in that special era or period of time. There is nothing so special and worth paying attention to for the characters, the romances, the life styles of everybody. I even wonder this novelette written by Chekov should be treated as a classic literature, because it's so bored and so purposeless, not worth of further produced into a movie.

A very good film to someone else but not to me.


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