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|Lady with the Dog|
Actors: Nina Alisova, Ala Chostakova, Iya Savvina, Alexei Batalov, Vladimir Erenberg
Director: Iosef Heifitz
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
A faithful adaptation from the short story by Chekhov, LADY WITH THE DOG is a forgotten masterpiece of the Soviet cinema. Told with little dialogue and minimal action, this romantic drama is a bittersweet portrait of a doo... more »
Justice should be done!
sashik | Prague Czech Republic | 08/04/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'm truly happy that good quality Russian movies (and in this case classic Russian literature as well) are becoming available outside of Russia and finding their admirers among foreign viewers. I feel obliged however to correct a couple of mistakes made in the previous review. The actress starring in "The Lady with the Dog" is Iya Savina, not Tatiana Samojlova. The latter plays Veronika in "The Cranes are Flying". Alexej Batalov is in both movies, right, but in "The Cranes..." his character Boris never gets to become Veronika's husband, he is her true love and a husband-to-be, but she marries another man. I just wish the reviewer had been more careful with the information he gave cause such slips can really spoil a review as they kind of did for me. The movie remains good though. It deserves more than just two 5-star reviews, see it!"
Masterful Chekov Interpretation
Peter S. Lunde | 01/18/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This film is one of Anton Chekov's most famous short stories. People think of Chekov as a play writer, certainly one of the world's greatest. However, he also wrote around 500 short stories, many of which are masterpieces of craft and tale.Few films capture Chekov's quiet undercurrent of stasis and sadness as this one. It is paced, mannered, and theatrical in its presentation of character and dialogue. The photography is stunning and the acting magnificent. It is very faithful to Chekov's examination of two already married but very lonely people who discover each other at a Black Sea resort and fatefully fall in love. Because of the times, conventions of society and morals, etc., these two simply cannot walk away from their marriages without public shame or economic disaster. Thus, they are trapped forever to see each other on the sly, for a few days here and there, and not much else. Total agony for two who truly deserve each other and nothing else. The simplicity of the tale is deceiving, for it is a timeless story that any age would understand. Tatiana Samoilova, the great Russian actress, appears here, young and lovely, in her first film. Handsome Alexei Batalov, the husband in Mikhail Kalatozov's marvelous but heartbreaking 'The Cranes Are Flying', is the verile but resigned lover. A wonderful pairing."