Vanya On 42nd Street (1994)

LOUIS MALLE

Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5

USA, 1994.  Channel Four Films, Mayfair Entertainment, The Vanya Company.  Screenplay by , based on the play by , adapted by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  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.

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