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8 Ratings

The Seagull

Il gabbiano

Directed by Marco Bellocchio
Italy, 1977
Drama, Comedy


A young writer is trapped between his awful actress mother and the knowledge that he has only a mediocre talent as a playwright and almost no force of character. Based on the Chekhov play.

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The Seagull Directed by Marco Bellocchio

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  • Karl J. Kipling's rating of the film The Seagull

    Italian-language version of Chekhov's play (which he subtitled "A Comedy," though he seemed to be the only one who saw anything amusing in this story of artistic failure, loveless mothers, and thwarted ambition), with setting and Russian names intact. It's better than the Soviet version I've seen, a more cinematic version, even though that was a widescreen theatrical film and this is an academy ratio made-for-TV.

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