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Published on 05 Apr 2011 | over 5 years ago

I wanted to share my "coup de coeur" around my discovery of this brillant film produced by Donald Rosenfeld who brought us 4 masterpieces from James Ivory, including his best "Remains of the Day".
This is another delicate and smart story adapted from Anton Chekhov's novella THE DUEL.
Absolutely superb performances, brillantly shot by Dover Kosashvili.
I was about to write a lavish review when I found this one, by Michael Phillips, a Chicago Tribune Movie critic. I cannot resist sharing with you.

"How deeply crazy we are (or can be) is best measured by the ravine separating our hopes from our realities. The vibrant new film adaptation of the Anton Chekhov novella "The Duel" understands this. It nails also the essential qualities of comic indolence and dangerous yearning in Chekhov, which have proved so elusive time after time, in adaptation after adaptation. Cast: Andrew Scott (Laevsky); Fiona Glascott (Nadya); Niall Buggy (Samoylenko); Tobias Menzies (Von Koren); Mislav Cavajda (Kirilin)

Credits: Directed by Dover Kosashvili; written by Mary Bing, based on the novella by Anton Chekhov; produced by Donald Rosenfeld and Bing. A Highline Pictures release. Running time: 1:35.

Sales: Bristol Media International tm@bristolmedia.com

Festival programmers : ask for your online screener: brunochatelin@gmail.com

"Glorious! Should delight audiences worldwide." - Ronnie Scheib, Variety

"Intelligently staged and impeccably crafted. The period atmosphere is sensuous." - J. Hoberman, Village Voice


"Very satisfying and tonally precise... believably inhabited, consistently surprising and true-feeling in detail and sweep."
- Manohla Dargis, The New York Times


"Gorgeous!" - Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic

"Beautifully realized." - Stuart Klawans, The Nation

"The Georgian-born director, Dover Koshashvili (who made the bitterly funny LATE MARRIAGE), and the screenwriter, Mary Bing, have gotten the rough texture and the pitch, the music, exactly right. The rhythms are so evocative you'd think they'd unearthed a new (early) Chekhov play."
- David Edelstein, New York magazine

Cast: Andrew Scott (Laevsky); Fiona Glascott (Nadya); Niall Buggy (Samoylenko); Tobias Menzies (Von Koren); Mislav Cavajda (Kirilin)

Credits: Directed by Dover Kosashvili; written by Mary Bing, based on the novella by Anton Chekhov; produced by Donald Rosenfeld and Bing. A Highline Pictures release. Running time: 1:35.

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