Vanya on 42nd Street [1994] [Criterion] (BLU)

Louis Malle

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Amoeba Review

In the early nineties, theater director André Gregory mounted a series of spare, private performances of Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya in a crumbling Manhattan playhouse. This experiment in pure theater - featuring a remarkable cast of actors, including Wallace Shawn, Julianne Moore, Brooke Smith, and George Gaynes - would have been lost to time had it not been captured on film, with subtle cinematic brilliance, by Louis Malle. Vanya on 42nd Street is as memorable and emotional a screen version of Chekhov's masterpiece as one could ever hope to see. This film, which turned out to be Malle's last, is a tribute to the playwright's devastating work as well as to the creative process itself.

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Product Details

  • Starring: Julianne Moore, George Gaynes, Wallace Shawn, Andre Gregory, Larry Pine, Brooke Smith, Lynn Cohen, Phoebe Brand, Jerry Mayer
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Label: The Criterion Collection
  • Release Date: 02/28/2012
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Catalogue #: 599

Special Features

  • New Documentary Featuring Interviews With Andre Gregory, The Play's Director; Actors Lynn Cohen, George Gaynes, Julianne Moore, Larry Pine, Wallace Shaw, and Brooke Smith; And Producer Fred Berner
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by critic Steven Vineberg and a 1994 on-set report by film critic Amy Taubin

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