Three Sisters [DVD] [1970]

Part of the American Film Theatre series, Three Sisters comes to DVD from Kino International. Originally written by Anton Chekhov, this play is adapted to film by director Laurence Olivier in 1970. This DVD is presented with a widescreen transfer enhanced for 16 x 9 televisions. Special features start off with "Anton Chekhov and Three Sisters," an essay by Michael Feingold, chief theater critic at the Village Voice. Also included are the theatrical trailer, a stills gallery, and an interview with actor Alan Bates. Most of the other special features are vintage American Film Theatre promotional materials, like an AFT cinebill, stills gallery, and scrapbook.
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Special Features

  • An interview with Alan Bates
  • Theatrical trailer
  • "Anton Chekhov and Three Sisters," an essay by Michael Feingold, Chief Theatre Critic, The Village Voice
  • The AFT cinebill for Three Sisters
  • Stills gallery
  • The American Film Theatre scrapbook


Three Sisters
Russian playwright Anton Chekhov's three upper-class Prozorov sisters -- Masha, Olga, and Irina -- come no closer to their dream of returning to Moscow in director Laurence Olivier's 1970 film version of Three Sisters than they did in Chekhov's original 1900 play. This melancholy classic about shattered dreams, self-delusion, and compromise was directed by Olivier for Britain's National Theatre in 1967. The film, a literal record of Olivier's stage version, was produced in order to raise money for the ever-imperiled National. Olivier, who'd just recovered from a serious illness, plays the mischievous army doctor Chebutikin, while Olivier's wife, Joan Plowright, essays the major role of Masha, the snobbish general's daughter who tries to escape the stultifying banality of her provincial marriage by having an affair. Three Sisters was released in the U.S. in 1974 as part of the American Film Theatre series. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

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    Jeanne Watts - Olga
  • Joan Plowright
    Joan Plowright - Masha
  • Derek Jacobi
    Derek Jacobi - Andrei Prosorov
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    Kenneth Mackintosh - Kulighin
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    Harry Lomax - Ferrapont
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