The Cherry Orchard

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  • Summary: Michael Cacoyannis's screen adaptation of Anton Chekhov's timeless play about a Russian noblewoman who returns to her family's estate to find it on the verge of ruin.

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  1. Positive: 9 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. It's naturalistic, briskly paced and never overreverential. It's not a bit stagy, yet it manages to be dazzling theater.
  2. What makes this Cherry Orchard different from almost every other interpretation (and makes it essential viewing for lovers of Chekhov) is Ms. Rampling's extraordinarily rich portrait of Ranevskaya.
  3. Cacoyannis lays on the atmosphere a bit thick with multiple repetitions of a lyrical Tchaikovsky motif underscoring unrequited love, one that is nonetheless beautifully rendered by pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy.
  4. There are affecting scenes, and not all of Cacoyannis' additions to the Chekhov text detract from the effect of its moving brilliance.
  5. 50
    As thrilling as they can be on stage, Chekhov's plays have never been the stuff of great movies -- there's simply nothing cinematic about them.
  6. 40
    Cacoyannis errs on the side of genteel respectability, sacrificing emotion and verve at the altar of good taste.
  7. Alan Bates and Charlotte Rampling are the brave stars of this pretty but sterile adaptation of the Anton Chekhov stage classic.

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