Vanya on 42nd Street

Starring: Wallace Shawn Director: Louis Malle  Rated: PG: Parental Guidance Suggested
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: PG
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 59 minutes
  • Video: Color
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  • Originally Released: 1994
  • Label: Criterion
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Note: Documentary featuring interviews with André Gregory, that play's director; actors Lynn Cohen, George Gaynes, Julianne Moore, Larry Pine, Wallace Shawn, and Brooke Smith and producer Fred Berner
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    • Plus: a booklet featuring an eassay by critic Steven Vineberg and a 1994 on-set report by film critic Amy Taubin
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.66
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo

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Entertainment Reviews:

Rolling Stone - 11/03/1994
"...This live wire VANYA, freshly observed for the '90s, is fiercely funny, touching and vital..."
New York Times - 10/19/1994
"....Visual elegance that seems to isolate and purify its characters and their troubles....[Moore gives a] sly, delicately shaded performance..."
Entertainment Weekly - 12/02/1994
"...You may feel that you're seeing Chekhov's masterpiece -- really SEEING it -- for the first time..." -- Rating: A
Los Angeles Times - 11/10/1994
"...To watch this VANYA is to marvel, as always with Chekhov, at his insights, at how rigorously and effortlessly non-judgmental he is, at how much empathy he has for all his characters..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 12/23/1994
"...[Malle] is the master of a visual style suited to tightly-encompassed material. There is not a shot that calls attention to itself, and yet not a shot that is without thought..."
USA Today - 04/12/2005
"Malle's last film was a brilliantly filmed reading of Chekhov's 'Uncle Vanya'..."
Wall Street Journal - 08/07/2009
"[T]he process on screen is an actors' workshop, but literalness can't describe the hypnotic ease with which the actors assume, then shed, then reinhabit their roles."

Product Description:

David Mamet wrote the screenplay for this staging of Andre Gregory's play, "Vanya," itself based on Chekhov's masterpiece, "Uncle Vanya." A group of actors enter a theatre on New York's 42nd Street and run through a full-length rehearsal of "Vanya" --no costumes, no sets and no 19th-century pretensions.

Plot Synopsis:

Louis Malle's camera observes noted stage director Andre Gregory as he runs rehearsals of Anton Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya" in the New Amsterdam Theatre.

Plot Keywords:

Stage Play | Theatrical Release

Production Notes:

  • This version of "Uncle Vanya" was translated by David Mamet.
  • Rated BBFC U by the British Board of Film Classification.
  • Co-produced by Laura Pels Productions.

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  • Sales Rank: 123,955
  • UPC: 715515091015
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