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The American Film Theatre Collection: Three Sisters [1970] [DVD]


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  • Actors: Alan Bates, Laurence Olivier, Joan Plowright, Derek Jacobi
  • Directors: Laurence Olivier
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Ind-DVD Ltd
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Mar 2005
  • Run Time: 155 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002ADXQG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,625 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A direct filming of Laurence Olivier's stage version of Chekhov's play about compromise, dissatisfaction and broken dreams. Olga (Jeanne Watts), Irina (Louise Purnell) and Masha (Joan Plowright) are the three daughters of a deceased Russian General, who, along with their brother Andrei (Derek Jacobi), dream constantly of their former life in Moscow. Now living in a small town, they find life hopelessly provincial and meaningless, and despair of ever finding meaning or romance in their dull lives. Despite Andrei's marriage to a local girl and Masha's affair with a soldier, their hopes of a more glamorous and exciting life begin to fade, until tragedy eventually befalls the ill-fated family.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By geoffrey27 on 22 Nov 2012
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THREE SISTERS is a great play, which is still fresh more than 110 years after its first performance. Laurence Olivier's 1970 film is based on his acclaimed National Theatre production, with the original cast reinforced by Alan Bates as Vershinin and himself as Chetbyutkin. It provides a complete text and captures the ambience and atmosphere of bourgeois society in the final years of Imperial Russia. The acting is close to faultless and, while only minimal attempts are made to open it up beyond the confines of the stage set, the close ups register the subtle shifts in emotion which seldom come across so clearly in the theatre. Out of the many fine performances, I would single out Joan Plowright as Masha, who was truly heartbreaking at the end; but there was a wonderful rapport among the entire cast, and especially the sisters themselves. I shall certainly want to see it again, and can only add that, at this price, it is an unmissable bargain.
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6 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. C. Maytum on 29 Mar 2010
I may be missing the point, but this looks nothing more than a stage production captured on film. I wonder why actors want to be in films they direct? There are times when shots go on and on, some could be much shorter and punchier while others cry out for a different viewpoint. Alan Bates enters grinning like a Cheshire cat yet at home he has a wife who is driving him to distraction! Louise Purnell doesn't get a credit on the DVD and yet is brilliant throughout. Jeanne Watts voice is the clearest on the screen - wonderful. Of course the film is worth seeing again and again, but it's no classic. I would like to see one of our contemporary directors making this wonderful play into a film. But please, a film should be a film!
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0 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Arthur De Weert on 16 April 2010
I did not recieved my order (Three Sisters DVD [1970]) after more than a month (it was said 10 days!!).
I keep recieving mails about "huge savings"...
it would be good enough if thy just send me what I HAVE PAID FOR!!!!
WHAT NOW!!!!
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