Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.
USA, 1994. Channel Four Films, Mayfair Entertainment, The Vanya Company. Screenplay by Andre Gregory, based on the play by Anton Chekhov, adapted by David Mamet. Cinematography by Declan Quinn. Produced by Fred Berner. Music by Joshua Redman. Production Design by Eugene Lee. Costume Design by Gary Jones. Film Editing by Nancy Baker. Boston Film Critics Awards 1994. Independent Spirit Awards 1994.
A very simple concept makes for the most compelling viewing. Louis Malle stages and directs a filmed dress rehearsal of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya in an abandoned Manhattan theatre. Julianne Moore stars in this adaptation , which strips the original material down to its bare minimum and presents it as a naked, powerfully modern story. Unforgettable.