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Neokonchennaya pyesa dlya mekhanicheskogo pianino (Unfinished Piece for a Player Piano)

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

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.

June 30, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Mikhalkov's version of Chekhov's first play, Platonov, has a lyrical naturalism that Chekhov would have loved.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The relentlessly pretty cinematography suggests an urge for precious self-deception on Mikhalkov's part as strong as any of his characters'.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Loosely basing his saga on on Chekhov's first play Platonov (written in 1881 but published in 1923), Mikhalkov has made a humorous, bittersweet tale of human folly and lost dreams.

September 1, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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