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Vanya on 42nd Street [Blu-ray] [Criterion Collection]

  • Blu-ray
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • 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.
  • Credits
    Wallace Shawn, Wally Shawn, Julianne Moore, George Gaynes, George Jongejans, Brooke Smith, Phoebe Brand, Lynn Cohen, Jerry Mayer, Larry Pine, Andre Gregory
  • Critic Reviews
    "....Visual elegance that seems to isolate and purify its characters and their troubles....[Moore gives a] sly, delicately shaded performance..."
    New York Times

    "...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..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "...This live wire VANYA, freshly observed for the '90s, is fiercely funny, touching and vital..."
    Rolling Stone

    "...[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..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    "Malle's last film was a brilliantly filmed reading of Chekhov's 'Uncle Vanya'..."
    USA Today

    "...You may feel that you're seeing Chekhov's masterpiece -- really SEEING it -- for the first time..." -- Rating: A
    Entertainment Weekly

    "[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."
    Wall Street Journal

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