Centers on the romantic and artistic clashes between fading actress Irina Arkadina; fresh-faced ingénue Nina Zarechnaya; famous writer Boris Trigorin, Irina’s lover; and failing playwright Konstantin Treplyov, Irina’s son who is in love with Nina.
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Having never seen the play I enjoyed this not as a film but imagining it's world as a giant stage. The stilted, melodramatic performances all worked for me in that context yet it all felt a little dated and I was left wondering if a more contemporary approach may have yielded a longer lingering film. 3 stars
Some really odd choices in this one - no number of dramatic push-ins are going to give life to these intentionally lifeless and staged scenes, but the intense and vivid close-ups that get sustained throughout entire sequences give an emotive oomph to its shot reverse shots. But the funniest scene is easily the first suicide attempt.