From Russia To Hollywood: The 100-Year Odyssey Of Chekhov And Shdanoff

Overview

Michael Chekhov and George Shdanoff were Russian expatriates who came to Hollywood and became two of the best known and most influential acting coaches in the film industry; Chekhov was nominated for an Academy Award for his work in Spellbound, and as a teacher he and his associate Shdanoff helped guide the careers of Leslie Caron, Patricia Neal, Gregory Peck, Rex Harrison, Marilyn Monroe and Clint Eastwood. From Russia to Hollywood provides a glimpse into their lives and careers as Chekhov flees Russia for ...
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Overview

Michael Chekhov and George Shdanoff were Russian expatriates who came to Hollywood and became two of the best known and most influential acting coaches in the film industry; Chekhov was nominated for an Academy Award for his work in Spellbound, and as a teacher he and his associate Shdanoff helped guide the careers of Leslie Caron, Patricia Neal, Gregory Peck, Rex Harrison, Marilyn Monroe and Clint Eastwood. From Russia to Hollywood provides a glimpse into their lives and careers as Chekhov flees Russia for Germany after the Communist government expresses its displeasure with his productions for the Moscow Art Theater Stanislavsky considered Chekhov a genius, but the government considered him ideologically unsound. When the Nazis began to rise to power, Chekhov relocated to the United States, where he taught acting when not busy with his own career on the stage and screen. Here, several of Chekhov and Shdanoff's better known students discuss their work and how their teachings effected a generation of Hollywood actors.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/7/2009
  • UPC: 812687010124
  • Original Release: 1999
  • Source: Celebrity Video Dist
  • Time: 2:25:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gregory Peck Voice Only
Mala Powers Voice Only
Technical Credits
Frederick Keeve Director, Score Composer, Producer, Screenwriter
Charles X. Block Producer
Peter Bonilla Cinematographer
Lisa Dalton Co-producer
Robert Gordon Editor
Sue Mischel Co-producer
Peter Spirer Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- From Russia to Hollywood: The 100-Year Odyssey of Chekhov and Shdanoff
1. Chapter 1 [4:51]
2. Chapter 2 [4:05]
3. Chapter 3 [8:42]
4. Chapter 4 [8:28]
5. Chapter 5 [9:29]
6. Chapter 6 [3:54]
7. Chapter 7 [5:14]
8. Chapter 8 [5:37]
9. Chapter 9 [4:22]
10. Chapter 10 [5:14]
11. Chapter 11 [4:15]
12. Chapter 12 [7:15]
13. Chapter 13 [6:24]
14. Chapter 14 [3:55]
15. Chapter 15 [6:09]
16. Chapter 16 [8:18]
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Disc #1 -- From Russia to Hollywood: The 100-Year Odyssey of Chekhov and Shdanoff
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   Chapter Selections
   Special Features
      Director's Commentary: On/Off
      Filmmaker's Bio
      Outtakes
         Leslie Caron Talks About Acting Technique
         George's 92nd Birthday
         Anthony Quinn Talks About Chekhov
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