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Anton Chekhov’s the Duel

Dover Koshashvili; Koshashvili, Dover; Kanopy (Firm)
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Video; Streaming Video; Online
Summary
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. 4 Stars! "Deft, droll and languorously sexy…. This film is indeed something like a miracle." - Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune. "At the heart of this film, which goes to the heart of Chekhov, is a deep understanding of human nature, human strength and human need. This is smart, inspired, no-fuss entertainment." - San Francisco Chronicle. "Chekhov never offered a more tempting sample of sexual ripeness…" - New Yorker.
Director
Dover Koshashvili
Release Date
2009
Language
English
Notes
Title from title frames.
Published
[San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2015.
Recording Info
Originally produced by Music Box Films in 2009.
Publisher no.
1140277 Kanopy
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1 online resource (1 video file, approximately 95 min.) : digital, .flv file, sound
Mode of access: World Wide Web.
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