Notes from Underground

Overview

This adaptation of Dostoevsky's novella does an exceptional job of retaining the multi-textured richness of the original story about the intimate thoughts of an anonymous lonely building inspector known only as the Underground Man. Everything about the misanthropic civil servant is dull and unpleasant. His job is boring and his only joy comes in using bureaucracy to spitefully torment contractors and architects who despise him. Realizing that he has no friends, the Underground Man does try to ingratiate himself ...
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Overview

This adaptation of Dostoevsky's novella does an exceptional job of retaining the multi-textured richness of the original story about the intimate thoughts of an anonymous lonely building inspector known only as the Underground Man. Everything about the misanthropic civil servant is dull and unpleasant. His job is boring and his only joy comes in using bureaucracy to spitefully torment contractors and architects who despise him. Realizing that he has no friends, the Underground Man does try to ingratiate himself with acquaintances and only ends up even more lonely and bitter. It does not help that he believes himself intellectually superior to those he encounters. He gets involved with a prostitute, Liza, whom he sees at a local brothel. His relationship with her is as complex as he is. On one hand he inflicts his seething rage and the pain of his isolation upon her; on the other, he cares about her and wants to help her escape her sordid situation. He decides to take her to his home, but once she is there, he finds that he is unable to overcome his misanthropy and ends up making her even more miserable.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by Gary Wilkow, Henry Czerny, and Peter Ellis; Commentary by professor Joseph Frank (princeton university); Lecture commentary w/slide imagery by professor Joseph Frank (Princeton university); Original critical essay by professor Deborah Martinsen (Columbia university); Essay also available on dvd-rom in pdf format; Photo gallery; Weblinks; Dual layered dvd for maximum video quality
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/11/2010
  • UPC: 887090000017
  • Original Release: 1995
  • Rating:

  • Source: Olive Films
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:28:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 55,027

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Henry Czerny The Underground Man
Sheryl Lee Liza
Eammon Roche Simon
Charles Stratton Jerry
Geoffrey Rivas Tom
Jon Favreau Zerkov
Seth Green
Technical Credits
Gary Walkow Director, Executive Producer, Screenwriter
Chris Beckman Producer
Mark Benson Art Director
Fred Cisterna Set Decoration/Design
Alicia Dollard Producer
Peter B. Ellis Editor
Randall Fukunaga Associate Producer
Dan Gillham Cinematographer
Mark Governor Score Composer
Frank Gruber Producer
Richard S. Lederer Asst. Director
Yehuda Maayan Sound/Sound Designer
Alina Panova Costumes/Costume Designer
Bonita Pietila Casting
Michael Rizzo Production Designer
Steve Siegel Associate Producer
Cindy Vance Art Director
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Notes from Underground
1. I am a Sick Man [3:37]
2. Because I Had Authority [2:19]
3. The Need to Embrace Humanity [5:44]
4. Rejected [15:57]
5. And You Are? [12:32]
6. Fast and Decisive Action [5:04]
7. She Haunted Me All Night [21:12]
8. So I See You Lates Them! [14:17]
9. So Many Unpleasant Memories [6:34]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Notes from Underground
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   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Full Length Commentaries:
         By Directors Gary Walkow, Actor Henry Czerny & Film Editor Peter Ellis
         By Stanford Professor Joseph Frank
         Turn Commentary Off
      Photo Gallery
      Lecture Commentary By Professor Joseph Frank
      Critical Essay By Columbia University Professor Deborah Martinsen
      DVD-Rom Features
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