Neokonchennaya pyesa dlya mekhanicheskogo pianino (Unfinished Piece for a Player Piano) (1977)
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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
Jan 1, 1977 Wide
Jun 20, 1993
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The film, only very loosely based on the early Chekhov play Platonov, is perhaps even closer to Chekhov than Chekhov was.
Mikhalkov's version of Chekhov's first play, Platonov, has a lyrical naturalism that Chekhov would have loved.
The relentlessly pretty cinematography suggests an urge for precious self-deception on Mikhalkov's part as strong as any of his characters'.
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