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Anton Chekhov's The Duel (2010)

Not Rated | | Drama | 28 April 2010 (USA)
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Director:

Dover Koshashvili

Writers:

Mary Bing, Anton Chekhov (novel)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Andrew Scott ... Laevsky
Fiona Glascott ... Nadia
Tobias Menzies ... Von Koren
Niall Buggy Niall Buggy ... Samoylenko
Nicholas Rowe ... Sheshkovsky
Michelle Fairley ... Marya
Simon Trinder Simon Trinder ... Postal Superintendent
Debbie Chazen ... Olga
Graham Turner Graham Turner ... Atchmianov Senior
Jeremy Swift ... Deacon
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Boris Bakal Boris Bakal ... Postal Clerk
Alister Cameron Alister Cameron ... Ustimovitch
Mislav Cavajda Mislav Cavajda ... Kirilin
Franka Gulin Franka Gulin ... Blind Masseuse
Matija Jaksekovic Matija Jaksekovic ... Officer
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In ANTON CHEKHOV'S THE DUEL, escalating animosity between two men with opposing philosophies of life is played out against the backdrop of a decaying seaside resort along the Black Sea coast. Laevsky is a dissipated romantic given to gambling and flirtation. He has run off to the sea with beautiful, emotionally empty, Nadya, another man's wife. Laevsky has now grown tired of her, but two obstacles block his route to escape: he is broke, and he faces the absolute enmity of Von Koren, an arrogant zoologist and former friend who can no longer tolerate Laevsky's irresponsibility. Soon Laevsky confronts Von Koren, accusing him of meddling in his affairs, but Von Koren maneuvers a criticism Laevsky makes of their mutual friend, Dr. Samoylenko, into a challenge to a duel. Utterly discombobulated and honor bound, Laevsky agrees to this absurdity -- a duel it shall be! A duel as comically inadvertent as it is inevitable. Written by Anonymous

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

28 April 2010 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Croatia

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$103,295
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Color
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Loved it
17 June 2010 | by jsmith1480See all my reviews

The "strong" man may be merely rigid, the "weak" man may be merely too self-aware, given to pressing his sore spots and picking at his scabs. In a moment of great crisis which man will be broken and which will stand, trembling perhaps, but stand up to his mortality.

As with all of Chekhov's works, time moves slowly here, the better to catch the subtle turns of tone and shading of character in his people.

Andrew Scott is unforgettable as Laevsky, but don't get me started. The entire ensemble works so well, so enjoyably. And when that happens it means the invisible, unheard hero of the piece is the director. His name is Dover Kashashvili. Jim Smith


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