Vanya on 42nd Street

Vanya on 42nd Street

Wallace Shawn
Director: Louis Malle Cast: Wallace Shawn
Wallace Shawn
, Andre Gregory
Andre Gregory
, Julianne Moore
Julianne Moore
Louis Malle


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In the late 1980s, noted theatrical director Andre Gregory assembled a group of friends and actors and began rehearsing a new translation of Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya by David Mamet, not with any specific performance in mind but as a way of exploring the beauty and precise construction of Chekhov's play. Louis Malle, a friend of Gregory's, became interested in the project and spent two weeks filming Gregory's actors as they performed Uncle Vanya without an audience in a run-down theater near New York's Times Square. In these performances, the line between theater and real life is blurred as conversations between actors -- juggling take-out cups of coffee and wearing street clothes -- slowly grow into a superb performance of Chekhov's classic, with Wallace Shawn as Vanya, Julianne Moore as Yelena, Brooke Smith as Sonya, and Larry Pine as Dr. Astrov. With a certain sad irony, this marvelously realized adaptation of a play about people wondering what they've done with their lives proved to be Louis Malle's final film; he died of cancer in 1995.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/28/2012
UPC: 0715515090919
Original Release: 1994
Source: Criterion Collection
Region Code: A
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time: 1:59:00
Sales rank: 8,673

Special Features

Documentary featuring interviews with André Gregory, that play's director; actors Lynn Cohen, George Gaynes, Julianne Moore, Larry Pine, Wallace Shawn, and Brooke Smith and producer Fred Berner; Trailer; Plus: a booklet featuring an eassay by critic Steven Vineberg and a 1994 on-set report by film critic Amy Taubin

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Wallace Shawn Vanya
Andre Gregory Himself
Julianne Moore Yelena
Larry Pine Dr. Astrov
Brooke Smith Sonya
Phoebe Brand Marina
Lynn Cohen Maman
George Gaynes Serybryakov
Madhur Jaffrey Mrs. Chao
Jerry Mayer Waffles

Technical Credits
Louis Malle Director
Nancy Baker Editor
Fred Berner Producer
Alysse Bezahler Associate Producer
Andre Gregory Screenwriter
Sharon Ilson Makeup
Gary Jones Costumes/Costume Designer
Eugene Lee Production Designer
Eugene Lee Production Designer
Tod A. Maitland Sound/Sound Designer
David Mamet Screenwriter
Gary Marcus Asst. Director
Declan Quinn Cinematographer
Joshua Redman Score Composer

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