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August 04, 2011

"Unfinished Piece" (video review)


© Mosfilm, Inter Alliance film

Unfinished Piece for the Player Piano
Directed by Nikita Mikhalkov, Written by A. Adabashian, N. Mikhalkov

Based on Anton Chekhov’s works, Nikita Mikhalkov’s film adaptation is set at a summer party in the lush countryside of Russia where a gathering of gentry play out their games of love, intrigue and politics underneath the glamour of wealthy entertainments. Amidst their lively games a drama unfolds as the teacher Platanov meets a figure from his past and fights to reconcile who he was with who he has become. With Platonov’s struggle the illusions of the party members’ happy and rich lives fall apart as they question each other’s values and address issues of class difference and the changing world around them. The film also features a forward with the film writer Alexander Adabashian explaining their vision and development of this project.

This video is among the many available to borrow from the Visual Resources Center in the Art, Architecture and Engineering Library. Search for videos in Mirlyn or in our video database.

Posted by rmassare at August 4, 2011 10:00 AM

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