Неоконченная пьеса для механического пианино / Unfinished Piece For The Player Piano (1977)

Неоконченная пьеса для механического пианино / Unfinished Piece For The Player Piano (1977)

Неоконченная пьеса для механического пианино (1977)
Neokonchennaya pyesa dlya mekhanicheskogo pianino / Unfinished Piece For The Player Piano

DVD9 | VIDEO_TS | PAL, 4:3 (720x576) VBR | 01:37:12 | 7.6 Gb
Audio: Русский AC3 5.1 @ 448 Kbps | Subs: Русский, English, Français, Deutsch, Español, Italianо,
Português, Nederlands, Svenska, العربية, 日本語, 中文, עברית
Genre: Psychological Drama, Romantic Drama

A dacha is a summer home for Russians, away from the hurly-burly of the city, and can be as primitive as a cabin or as elaborate as a palace. A much-favored place for gatherings of intellectuals, dachas are a favored literary setting. In this film, adapted by Nikita Mikhailkov from Anton Chekhov's first play and some of his other works, the schoolteacher Platonov (Alexander Kalyagin) has come with his wife to spend a summer weekend at a friend's dacha. Among the other guests there, he meets his former lady-love Sophia (Elena Solovei), who is now married to another. Even though he thought he had recovered from his disappointed affection for her, he finds that this is not so for at least two reasons. First, she only recently got married; secondly, she is married to an idiot. Nostalgia spurs them to investigate their affection for one another, but eventually, as they remember their stations in life, their old love does not seem so important. In the middle of the night, Platonov is overtaken by grief over his lost youth and lost loves, and he awakens the entire household with his cries. Everyone returns to bed soon after, and by the morning all is forgiven, or forgotten, as the guests prepare to return to their lives in the city.

Synopsis by Clarke Fountain, Allmovie.com

The excellent scenario by Alexander Adabashyan is composed from an early Chekhov's play 'Platonov' together with some unpublished Chekhov stories and diaries. The story of Platonov (Alexander Kalyagin) disillusionment and loosing the love of his youth is created with a great skill. The perfect selection and performance of cast, subtle camera-work and a beautiful Russian nature as a background make film extremely enjoyable and convincing.

The portrayal of pre-revolutionary 'intelligentsia', the degraded nobility and arising peasants bourgeoisie is full of bitter sarcasm and irony, unfortunately comprehensible only to those familiar with Russian culture and language. The ostensible conflict between old stiff nobility and impotent trendy younger gentry movement - narodniks (populists) is shown with a splendid humor by two brilliant actors: Yury Bogatyryov (Sergei Voynicev) and Oleg Tabakov (Pavel Petrovich Sherbuk). One can easily see how much similar they are in fact.

This one of the best Nikita Mikhalkov's films is full of nostalgia and apprehensions about the role and fate of intelligentsia in the subsequent history of Russia. One can clearly sense the decline and decadence of pre-revolutionary life with the deep filling of oncoming tragedy hanging over the people, still enjoying their life as much as they can.

Review by avechersky, IMDB.com customer

IMDB 8.0/10
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Director: Nikita Mikhalkov

Writers: Aleksandr Adabashyan, Anton Chekhov (play), Nikita Mikhalkov

Cast: Aleksandr Kalyagin, Elena Solovey, Evgeniya Glushenko, Yuri Bogatyryov, Nikita Mikhalkov,
Oleg Tabakov, Nikolai Pastukhov, Pavel Kadochnikov, Antonina Shuranova, Anatoliy Romashin, Sergey Nikonenko


Неоконченная пьеса для механического пианино / Unfinished Piece For The Player Piano (1977)

Неоконченная пьеса для механического пианино / Unfinished Piece For The Player Piano (1977)

Неоконченная пьеса для механического пианино / Unfinished Piece For The Player Piano (1977)

Неоконченная пьеса для механического пианино / Unfinished Piece For The Player Piano (1977)

Неоконченная пьеса для механического пианино / Unfinished Piece For The Player Piano (1977)

Неоконченная пьеса для механического пианино / Unfinished Piece For The Player Piano (1977)

Неоконченная пьеса для механического пианино / Unfinished Piece For The Player Piano (1977)

Неоконченная пьеса для механического пианино / Unfinished Piece For The Player Piano (1977)

Неоконченная пьеса для механического пианино / Unfinished Piece For The Player Piano (1977)

Неоконченная пьеса для механического пианино / Unfinished Piece For The Player Piano (1977)

Неоконченная пьеса для механического пианино / Unfinished Piece For The Player Piano (1977)

Неоконченная пьеса для механического пианино / Unfinished Piece For The Player Piano (1977)

Неоконченная пьеса для механического пианино / Unfinished Piece For The Player Piano (1977)

Неоконченная пьеса для механического пианино / Unfinished Piece For The Player Piano (1977)

Неоконченная пьеса для механического пианино / Unfinished Piece For The Player Piano (1977)

Неоконченная пьеса для механического пианино / Unfinished Piece For The Player Piano (1977)

Неоконченная пьеса для механического пианино / Unfinished Piece For The Player Piano (1977)

Неоконченная пьеса для механического пианино / Unfinished Piece For The Player Piano (1977)


Special Features:

- Interviews with production designer A. Adabashyan, composer E. Artemyev
- Video featurettes: “Provincial doctor”, “Reminiscenes of the write r’s wife, actress O. Knipper - Chekhova”, “Reminiscenes of writer N. Teleshov", About actor P. Kadochnikov
- A. P. Chekho v’s biography
- Filmographies
- Photo album

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