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Anton Chekhov's The Duel [Blu-ray] [2009]

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    Anton Chekhov's The Duel
    Anton Chekhov authored his novella The Duel in 1891; one of the longest of the Russian master's tales, it pits an aristocratic ne'er-do-well named Laevsky against a conceited and slightly arrogant scientist called Von Koren, and witnesses a climactic physical struggle between the two men. This film adaptation from Georgian director Dover Kosashvili follows the original text with remarkable fidelity; in it, Laevsky (Andrew Scott) clings to ephemeral pleasures such as drinking, gambling, and romancing his alluring mistress, Nadya (Fiona Glascott), in the Russian provinces -- putting all of the said pursuits far ahead of disciplined action -- but he soon grows listless and disenchanted with Nadya, falls into financial ruin, and ultimately must fight Von Koren in a vicious duel thanks to Nadya's sexual liaisons with the man. This cinematization enlists a predominantly British cast and a screenplay adaptation by Mary Bing. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Andrew Scott
      Andrew Scott - Laevsky
    • Fiona Glascott
      Fiona Glascott - Nadya
    • Tobias Menzies
      Tobias Menzies - Von Koren
    • Niall Buggy
      Niall Buggy - Samoylenko
    • Michelle Fairley
      Michelle Fairley - Marya



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