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Three Sisters (1970)

G | | Drama | 3 November 1970 (UK)
Olga, Masha, and Irina Prozoroff lead lonely and purposeless lives following the death of their father who had commanded the local army post. Olga attempts to find satisfaction in teaching,... See full summary »

Directors:

Laurence Olivier, John Sichel (co-director)

Writers:

Moura Budberg, Anton Chekhov (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeanne Watts Jeanne Watts ... Olga
Joan Plowright ... Masha
Louise Purnell Louise Purnell ... Irina
Derek Jacobi ... Andrei
Sheila Reid ... Natasha
Kenneth MacKintosh Kenneth MacKintosh ... Kulighin
Daphne Heard Daphne Heard ... Anfissa the nana
Harry Lomax Harry Lomax ... Ferrapont the watchman
Judy Wilson ... Serving maid
Mary Griffiths Mary Griffiths ... Housemaid
Ronald Pickup ... Baron Tusenbach
Laurence Olivier ... Dr. Ivan Chebutikin
Frank Wylie ... Maj. Vassili Vassilich Solloni
Alan Bates ... Col. Vershinin
Richard Kay Richard Kay ... Lt. Fedotik
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Storyline

Olga, Masha, and Irina Prozoroff lead lonely and purposeless lives following the death of their father who had commanded the local army post. Olga attempts to find satisfaction in teaching, but secretly longs for a home and family. Masha, unhappy with her marriage to a timid schoolmaster, falls hopelessly in love with a married Colonel. Irina works in the local telegraph office, but longs for gaiety. Their sense of futility is increased by their brother's marriage to Natasha, a coarse peasant girl. She gradually encroaches on the family home until even the private refuge of the sisters is destroyed. They dream of starting a new life in Moscow, but are saddled with the practicalities of their quiet existence. Despite their past failures, they resolve to seek some purpose and hope when the army post is withdrawn from the town. Written by alfiehitchie

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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 November 1970 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A három nővér See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Of the five film directed by Laurence Olivier (Dr. Ivan Chebutikin), this is the only one in which he did not play a member of a royal family. He played King Henry V of England in Henry V (1944), Prince Hamlet of Denmark in Hamlet (1948), King Richard III of England in Richard III (1955) and Prince Michael of Carpathia in The Prince and the Showgirl (1957). See more »

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Version of Tri sestry (1994) See more »

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The Blue Danube
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Music by Johann Strauss
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Fine Chekhov Filmization
23 September 2002 | by harry-76See all my reviews

It is remarkable how deeply interesting and moving is Chekhov's play about a small-town Russian family, longing to move to Moscow. Yet the playwright crafts with such affection and love for his characters that the viewer is hypnotized by the unfoldment.

With a production obviously based on a beautiful stage production, Laurence Olivier co-directs with John Sickel a most engrossing presentation.

Among the outstanding cast, Joan Plowright's Masha, Alan Bates' Col. Vershinin, and Olivier's Dr. Chebutikin are outstanding. The beautiful cinematography by Geoffrey Unsworth apparently utilize much of the stage sets, yet they merely add to the overall effectiveness.

Few cuts are made, as the production offers a comprehensive view of this work. Part of the American Film Theatre's series of 1970, "The Three Sisters" is a memorable experience. One longs for a re-release of this fine achievement.


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