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The Cherry Orchard (1981 and 1962 Versions)
The Cherry Orchard
1981 and 1962 Versions
Actor: Judi Dench
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Television
NR     2007     4hr 20min

This two-disc set presents both BBC's 1962 and 1981 productions of The Cherry Orchard Set in fin-de-siecle Russia, these adaptations of Anton Chekhov's famous play chronicles a noblewoman's return to her family estate afte...  more »


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Actor: Judi Dench
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Television
Sub-Genres: Comedy, Drama, Comedy, Drama
Studio: BBC Warner
Format: DVD - Black and White,Color,Full Screen - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 03/27/2007
Original Release Date: 01/01/1999
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1999
Release Year: 2007
Run Time: 4hr 20min
Screens: Black and White,Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 4
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Chekhov brought to life
nyc_tm | US | 07/09/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The cast in both versions handle Chekhov's material with the utmost care. The direction in the 1962 M. St.Denis version is rather beautiful. One can't really go wrong with a cast like Gielgud, Ashcroft, Dench, Tutin, etc. They all just give the most stunning performances of this material. Chekhov is actually incredibly timeless, and the cast is absolutely thrilling to watch. Richard Eyre's 1981 version is a bit more stoic, but his choice to bring Judi Dench on as Mdme. Ranevsky was like finishing a luxurious necklace with the Hope Diamond. Judi Dench has the unbelievable ability to let a story and character filter through herself like an incredibly adept translator. Both of these versions are magical. The more theatrical version of 1962, and the "made for film" version of 1981. Both should not be missed, if even only for the experience of the remarkable performances, but certainly for the well handled telling of the genius Chekhov."
The astonishing growth of a great actor
Deborah Peifer | San Rafael CA USA | 05/12/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Watching Judi Dench play Anna in the earlier production and then Madame Ranevsky twenty years later offers an opportunity to see a good actor become great. Her mature skills are extraordinary, but her ability twenty years earlier to play with such art is truly amazing. Also, each production of The Cherry Orchard is great, entirely worthy of Chekhov's greatest play."
2 historical performancs
André Brassard | MONTREAL | 11/30/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)

"c'est une excellente idée de nous offrir ces deux versions de La Cerisaie
dans la première, Judi Dench joue le rôle de la jeune Ania
dans la deuxième, plus récente, c'est elle qui joue le rôle central
cela fait de ce DVD un objet historique fascinant"
Excellent theatre
C. J. Pisapia | 05/15/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This video is a joy if you love British theatre, which I do. It is also wonderful to see how incredible an actress Judi Dench was in 1961, and her further development in 1982. She has always been and continues to be brilliant. It is also interesting to see how changes were made to update the vocabularies used in the two performances, and the differences in interpretations of roles in the play by the various actors."