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The Sea Gull (1968)

G | | Drama, Romance | November 1969 (UK)
An aging actress named Irina Arkidana pays summer visits to her brother Pjotr Nikolayevich Sorin and her son Konstantin on a country estate. On one occasion, she brings Trigorin, a ... See full summary »

Director:

Sidney Lumet

Writers:

Anton Chekhov (play), Moura Budberg (adaptation)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Mason ... Trigorin
Vanessa Redgrave ... Nina
Simone Signoret ... Irina Arkadina
David Warner ... Konstantin Treplev
Harry Andrews ... Pjotr Nikolayevich Sorin
Denholm Elliott ... Dr. Yevgeny Dorn
Eileen Herlie ... Polina
Alfred Lynch ... Semyon Medvedenko
Ronald Radd ... Shamraev
Kathleen Widdoes Kathleen Widdoes ... Masha
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Storyline

An aging actress named Irina Arkidana pays summer visits to her brother Pjotr Nikolayevich Sorin and her son Konstantin on a country estate. On one occasion, she brings Trigorin, a successful novelist, with her. Nina, a free and innocent girl on a neighboring estate, falls in love with Boris Trigorin. As Trigorin lightly consumes and rejects Nina, so the actress all her life has consumed and rejected her son, who loves Nina. The victims are destroyed while the sophisticates continue on their way. Written by alfiehitchie

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The young are always young, foolish and totally our of step. See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Language:

English

Release Date:

November 1969 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Gaivota See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film cast includes two Oscar winners: Vanessa Redgrave and Simone Signoret; and two Oscar nominees: James Mason and Denholm Elliott. See more »

Goofs

The shadows of the actors often go in the opposite direction of the natural outdoor shadows cast by the late afternoon sun. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Semyon Medvedenko: Why do you always wear black?
Masha: I'm in mourning for my life. I'm unhappy.
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Connections

Version of Il gabbiano (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Sonata No.25 in G, Op.79
(uncredited)
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
Arranged by Sonny Burke
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Chekhov is well served by a stellar cast and a top director
9 April 2010 | by grahamclarkeSee all my reviews

Sidney Lumet has a mighty reputation for adaptations of classic theater to the screen. "Long Day's Journey Into Night" remains something of a masterpiece while "Twelve Angry Men", "A View From the Bridge" and "The Fugitive Kind" are works of distinction. (I have intentionally passed over "Equus" which to my mind was a largely misguided effort).

Like "A View from the Bridge", "The Sea Gull" seems to have been absurdly banished to oblivion. It seems incomprehensible that such a fine film of Chekhov's classic play should deserve such a fate, especially when so many mediocrities are rereleased. The stellar cast alone is reason enough for making "The Sea Gull" available..

Lumet does great service to Chekhov in thankfully preserving the play. The cast is astonishing with all turning in finely tuned and thoroughly convincing performances. Vanessa Redgrave's Nina is luminescent and David Warner brings to Konstantin a palpable intensity. As many critics have noted, the casting of Simone Signoret as Arkadina is problematic since her heavy accent is somewhat out of place, especially when her brother is played by Harry Andrews. English does not come easy to Signoret and some of her speeches are slightly clumsy. Still, overall this does not spoil the film. Arkadina is a prima donna actress and Signoret brings such presence and charisma that one soon forgets the accent.

What more could you ask when a classic play is beautifully filmed, wonderfully acted and superbly directed ? That it should be made available to all who value art.


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