Anton Chekhov [videorecording] / a Poseidon Films and Gosteleradio co-production for Channel Four
- North Hollywood, Calif. : FilmFair Communications, 1991.
- Physical Description:
- 1 videocassette (25 min.) : sound, color ; 1/2 in.
- Additional Creators:
- Poseidon Films, Gosudarstvennyĭ komitet SSSR po televidenii︠u︡ i radioveshchanii︠u︡, Channel Four (Great Britain), and FilmFair Communications
- Focuses on Anton Chekhov (1860-1904) who, having failed at saving the family business, left the south of Russia to study medicine at the University of Moscow. Relates that Chekhov rarely practiced medicine because he suffered from tuberculosis and because of his success as a writer of short stories and dramas; modern critics consider him to be one of the masters of the short-story form. Points out that Chekhov used themes relating to the pain, irony, and curious workings of everyday life of the middle class in czarist Russia, and that in the Russian theater Chekhov's plays -- like his stories -- became studies of the spiritual failure of characters in a disintegrating aristocratic society. Touches on his most famous plays including The Sea Gull (1896), Uncle Vanya (1899), The Three Sisters (1901), and The Cherry Orchard (1904), and notes that Chekhov developed the technique he called "indirect action," in which important events take place offstage.
- "D-567"--container label.
A Constantine-Petrovsky production--insert.
- Creation/Production Credits Note:
- Director, T. Shak-Azizova ; writer, V. Demin ; music, D. Pozdnin ; narrators, Charles Gray and Anna Massey.
- Technical Details:
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