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Anton Chekov's The Duel [DVD] [2011] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Andrew Scott , Fiona Glascott , Dover Koshashvili    DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Andrew Scott, Fiona Glascott, Tobias Menzies, Niall Buggy, Nicholas Rowe
  • Directors: Dover Koshashvili
  • Writers: Mary Bing, Anton Chekhov
  • Producers: Donald Rosenfeld, Frank Pavich, Igor Nola, Mary Bing, Per Melita
  • Format: Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Music Box Films
  • DVD Release Date: 24 May 2011
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004MV47WK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 83,971 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A minor masterpiece 2 Sep 2011
This is a little gem of a film: beautifully filmed, beautifully acted, beautifully set (on the Croatian coast) and resonating with Chekhov's customary wisdom and humour. It's up there with 'Big Night', 'Wise Blood', 'The Accidental Tourist' and all those other low-profile cinematic gems. When the right format comes along, seize it. You're in for a treat.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous film 11 May 2013
Magnificent cinematography coupled with Andrew Scott's performance makes this a film well worth seeing. Excellent supporting cast. Very atmospheric film that stays true to the story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, thought provoking film 1 May 2013
I thought that `The Duel' was a fascinating polemic film. It exemplifies the frailties and inconsistencies of human nature and examines the social fabrics that both bind us together and yet eat away at our souls. It's about the problem of fitting our sexual and emotional natures into the social decorum and social structures of the late 19th century. Nature and sexuality seethes underneath the veneer.
I wasn't sure about the Darwinian scientist Von Koren's motivations in insisting upon the duel with Laevsky. Was it some strange Darwinian struggle - survival of the fittest - did he see himself as a superior species who needed to triumph over the weak and depraved Laevsky? Or, was he trying to promote an evolution in Laevsky by putting his life on the line? Was he somehow, in spite of himself, caught up in the emotional and sexual struggles of this couple spilling out into Caucaus society? What was his disgust of Laevsky really about? I'm glad in a way that I don't have the answers to these questions, it made for a highly thought provoking film.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Badly directed adaptation of Chekov's novella 27 Jan 2012
By Russell Fanelli - Published on
Sadly for me, The Duel is a film which looks good on the screen, but unfortunately is a badly directed adaptation of Anton Chekov's fine novella of the same name. The director, Dover Koshashvili, portrays Laevsky, the central character in the novella, as a nasty, brutish lout whose bizarre behavior is as unaccountable to the other characters in the film as it is to the viewer. He has left St. Petersburg for a small town on the Black Sea with another man's wife. He discovers that he does not love this woman, Nadya, and wants to leave her and return to St. Petersburg. He tries to borrow money from a local doctor, who in turn asks a zoologist, Van Koren, for the rubles. Van Koren hates Laevsky and tries to persuade the doctor to convince Laevsky to take Nadya with him when he leaves. When Laevsky comes to ask for the money, he insults the doctor and Van Koren uses this provocation to challenge Laevsky to fight a duel. Those that wish to see this film can discover the outcome of the duel for themselves.

As noted, director Koshashvili's mishandling and misunderstanding of the main character make it difficult for the viewer to make much sense of the story. All the other characters in the film have the same problem as the viewer; they watch Laevsky's antics with some astonishment, not knowing what to make of his behavior, and yet they tolerate him. Almost as confusing and equally unsatisfying is the treatment of Nadya, the woman who has left her husband for Laevsky. The director has little understanding of what motivates her as she interacts with Laevsky and the other characters in the film. In Chekov's novella, Nadya plays a small, but important role. In Koshasvili's film she is a central character and has many scenes unnecessary to the development of the story.

After viewing the movie I went back to Chekov's novella to determine if there was some confusion in his telling of his story and his treatment of his characters. The story, translated by the reliable Constance Garnett, is crystal clear and beautifully told. Laevsky and Nadya are complicated human beings. Chekov is so skillful and great a writer that we slowly begin to understand these truly unhappy and pitiful people. I recommend the novella, not the film.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great. Faithful Film 1 Jan 2014
By Professor Goatboy - Published on
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"The Duel" is one of the most complex and interesting short stories in Western literature: it takes on class, ethnicity, sexuality, Darwinism, Christianity, and subtle interpersonal topics like "generosity" and "self-interest" in the quietest and most subtle way. I read the story every year: second- best is seeing this film, which gets everything right and even adds just the right visuals to make its point. The acting, direction, and costumes are impeccable -- you will think yourself in late 19th-century Russia for days afterward. My only reservation is with the last 3 minutes, which obscure Chekhov's conclusions. See it now.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Little Known Masterpiece 22 Sep 2013
By New Yorker - Published on
Great acting and direction, wonderful script, beautiful cinematography.
It's basically about two men, one of whom you admire and the other of whom
you dislike intensely. But could they change positions over time? There's
a lot of action, despite the source material; "Chekhov" so often signifies
something like "Nothing happens," but not here. And despite the English accents,
the film has a Russian feeling, perhaps because the director is from Georgia
(the Eastern European one, not the American). And Fiona Glascott has to be one
of the most beautiful women I've ever seen in a movie. A very rich experience.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Lovely, Faithful Interpretation 26 May 2012
By A. Anderson - Published on
Any adaptation from a much-loved work of literature is bound to disappoint, or puzzle, on certain levels. Some succeed and some fail miserably. This "interpretation" of Chekhov's novella is faithful, esthetic, respectful - perhaps almost too respectful to work as a film on its own, if the viewer has no prior knowledge of Chekhov's often strange and certainly vanished world. I do think this is a successful interpretation of Chekhov's intent, however; it is well-written, well-acted, and immaculately produced, with gorgeous scenery and music, and it renders well the atmosphere of the original. Not a film for anyone expecting "action" from the duel of the title, but certainly rewarding for those who are still looking for a visual poetry from the cinema, or a questioning of the human heart.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshingly Russian classics 12 Jun 2012
By Natashainmelbourne - Published on
It is a wonderful interpretation of the famous Chekhov's novel with a new approach and deep examination of the novel's main characters. The direction of the film and the photography are second to none. Considering none of the actors were of Russian background their ability to study and recreate that "Russian" soul is really commendable. It felt authentic Russian through and through. It was a real treat. My mother-in-law, an old English lady fell in love with the film. I felt so proud! Definitely recommend buying it and keep on your library shelf for returning back to it again and again and then passing on to your kids. It is worth it.
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