Sunday, October 17, 2010

Anton Chekhov's The Duel (2010)

I would have enjoyed this movie more if I'd understood it a little better. It was probably made for Chekhov fans, who would understand the basic character types. I'm not suggesting that it should have been dumbed down but there was very little context given for the characters and who they were and what they did and why they were grouped together in a bleak and beautiful resort town in Russia. But it was well-made, and the acting was amazing. In particular Fiona Glascott as Nadya, and Andrew Scott as Laevsky. And by the time we get to the duel at the end of the movie (spoiler alert: there is a duel), and I had straightened the characters out, I was intrigued.

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