The Last Station: The Shooting Script

Overview

The official script book to the Golden Globe-nominated tragicomedy about the last year of Tolstoy's life in 1910 Russia, written and directed by Michael Hoffman (A Midsummer Night's Dream, One Fine Day) and starring Helen Mirren, Christopher Plummer, Paul Giamatti, and James McAvoy.

After almost fifty years of marriage, the Countess Sofya (Helen Mirren), Leo Tolstoy's (Christopher Plummer) devoted wife, suddenly finds her entire world turned upside down, when the great Russian ...

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Overview

The official script book to the Golden Globe-nominated tragicomedy about the last year of Tolstoy's life in 1910 Russia, written and directed by Michael Hoffman (A Midsummer Night's Dream, One Fine Day) and starring Helen Mirren, Christopher Plummer, Paul Giamatti, and James McAvoy.

After almost fifty years of marriage, the Countess Sofya (Helen Mirren), Leo Tolstoy's (Christopher Plummer) devoted wife, suddenly finds her entire world turned upside down, when the great Russian novelist decides to renounce his title and his property and to leave the rights to his iconic novels to the Russian people rather than his family. Feeling betrayed by her husband's disciple, Chertkov (Paul Giamatti), and using Tolstoy's worshipful new assistant Valentin (James McAvoy) as a pawn, she fights for what she believes is rightfully hers.

In addition to the complete screenplay, the Newmarket Shooting Script® Book includes an exclusive foreword by novelist Jay Parini, an original introduction by Michael Hoffman, along with scene notes and a 12-page color photo section.

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"Written and directed with skill, sensitivity, and humor, The Last Station is as entertaining as it is literate…Passionate, profound, and unforgettable."—Rex Reed, The New York Observer
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557049247
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/6/2010
  • Series: Newmarket Shooting Script Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Hoffman is a filmmaker known for creating complex and layered stories with great attention to detail and character. A skilled writer and director, he has worked on both feature films and documentaries, including A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Emperor's Club, Game of Six, and the ESPN documentary Out of the Blue. The Last Station is his most recent film.

Jay Parini is a professor of English & Creative Writing at Middlebury College in Vermont. A writer and academic, he is best known for his novels and poetry. He is the author of the novel The Last Station, which is now a major motion picture from Sony Classics.

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