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Vanya on 42nd Street

Louis Malle

 
Vanya on 42nd Street (Criterion Blu-Ray)

Blu-Ray

1 Disc

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  • United States
  • 1994
  • 119 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.66:1
  • English
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  • Spine #599

In the early nineties, theater director André Gregory mounted a series of spare, private performances of Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya in a crumbling Manhattan playhouse. This experiment in pure theater—featuring a remarkable cast of actors, including Wallace Shawn, Julianne Moore, Brooke Smith, and George Gaynes—would have been lost to time had it not been captured on film, with subtle cinematic brilliance, by Louis Malle. Vanya on 42nd Street is as memorable and emotional a screen version of Chekhov’s masterpiece as one could ever hope to see. This film, which turned out to be Malle’s last, is a tribute to the playwright’s devastating work as well as to the creative process itself.

Cast

Credits

DirectorLouis Malle
Produced byFred Berner
Based on Uncle Vanya byAnton Chekhov
Adapted byDavid Mamet
Director of photographyDeclan Quinn
EditorNancy Baker
Production designerEugene Lee
Sound recordistTod A. Maitland
Original music byJoshua Redman

Disc Features

  • New, restored digital transfer, supervised by director of photography Declan Quinn, with uncompressed 2.0 soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • New documentary featuring interviews with André Gregory, the play’s director; actors Lynn Cohen, George Gaynes, Julianne Moore, Larry Pine, Wallace Shawn, and Brooke Smith; and producer Fred Berner
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by critic Steven Vineberg and a 1994 on-set report by film critic Amy Taubin

    New cover by F. Ron Miller

Film Essays

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Vanya on 42nd Street: An American Vanya

By Steven Vineberg February 28, 2012

Louis Malle’s final film is a tribute to the theater like no other, as well as a showcase for expert acting. Read more »

Interviews

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Filming Osmosis: A Conversation with Declan Quinn

By Sam Wasson March 09, 2012

The cinematographer tells us how he and Louis Malle went about shooting Vanya on 42nd Street in a decrepit Manhattan theater. Read more »


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Film Essays

Current_1379_097thumb_thumbnail

Vanya on 42nd Street: An American Vanya

By Steven Vineberg February 28, 2012

Louis Malle’s final film is a tribute to the theater like no other, as well as a showcase for expert acting. Read more »


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