PLAY AND FILM: FINDINGS AND LOSSES (ON THE FILM VERSION OF THE PLAY BY A.P. CHEKHOV «THE SEAGULL»)


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Abstract

The article deals with two screen versions of A. Chekhov’s play «The Seagull»: Yu. Karasik’s film (Mosfilm, 1970) and M. Terekhova’s film (M-film, 2005). The author proves that Yu. Karasik changed the order of some scenes, shortened and eliminated some dialogues and monologues.
M. Terekhova preserved A. Chekhov’s text in full. It gave her the opportunity to make a two-hour voluminous film. But speaking about the films’ success, it should be noted that Yu. Karasik could portray A. Chekhov’s play with the minimum of distortions, while M. Terekhova’s blind acceptance of the play didn’t help her to make a successful version.

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A. I. Fokeev

Saratov State University

Author for correspondence.
Email: morenov.sv@ssau.ru
ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1825-0097
Russian Federation

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