Unfinished Piece For The Player Piano

Unfinished Piece For The Player Piano

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Unfinished Piece For The Player Piano

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/20/2004
UPC: 0014381063820
Original Release: 1977
Rating: NR
Source: Image Entertainment
Region Code: 0
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 1:43:00

Special Features

Interviews with production designer A. Adabashyan, composer E. Artemyev; Video featurettes: "Provincial Doctor," "Reminiscences of the Writer's Wife, Actress O. Knipper-Chekhova"; "Reminiscences of Writer N. Teleshov," about actor P. Kadochnikov; A.P. Chekhov's biography; Filmographies; Photo album; Coming soon on DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alexander Kalyagin Mikhail Vasilyevich Platonov
Yelena Solovey Sofia Yegorovna
Yevgenya Glushenko Actor
Antonina Shuranova Anna Petrovna Voynitseva
Yuri Bogatyrev Sergei Pavlovich Voynitsev
Oleg Tabakov Pavel Petrovich Sherbuk
Nikolai Pastukhov Glagolyev
Pavel Kadochnikov Ivan Ivanovich Triletsky
Nikita Mikhalkov Nikolai Ivanovich Triletsky
Anatoly Romashin Petrin
Natalya Nazarova Actor
Kseniya Minina Actor
Sergei Nikonenko Yakov
Serezha Gurev Actor

Technical Credits
Nikita Mikhalkov Director,Screenwriter
Alexander Adabachian Production Designer,Screenwriter
Eduard Artemyev Score Composer
Pavel Lebeshev Cinematographer
Alexander Samulekin Production Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Chess [7:48]
2. The Platonovs [5:09]
3. Ivan Ivanovich [4:42]
4. Sophia Yegorovna [6:38]
5. Pavel Petrovich [6:11]
6. Mikhail and Sophia [6:31]
7. Two in a Hammock [5:43]
8. Surprise [6:10]
9. Forfeits [5:25]
10. Cerk Gorokhov [2:54]
11. Gerasim Kuzmich [2:47]
12. Dinner Debates [5:44]
13. Platonov's Story [6:15]
14. Deceived Husband [5:42]
15. Porfiry Semyonovich [6:09]
16. Epilogue [5:28]

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