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In the late 1980s, noted theatrical director Andre Gregory assembled a group of friends and actors and began rehearsing a new translation of Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya by David Mamet, not with any specific performance in mind but as a way of exploring the beauty and precise construction of Chekhov's play. Louis Malle, a friend of Gregory's, became interested in the project and spent two weeks filming Gregory's actors as they performed Uncle Vanya without an audience in a run-down theater near New York's Times Square. In these performances, the line between theater and real life is blurred as conversations between actors -- juggling take-out cups of coffee and wearing street clothes -- slowly grow into a superb performance of Chekhov's classic, with Wallace Shawn as Vanya, Julianne Moore as Yelena, Brooke Smith as Sonya, and Larry Pine as Dr. Astrov. With a certain sad irony, this marvelously realized adaptation of a play about people wondering what they've done with their lives proved to be Louis Malle's final film; he died of cancer in 1995. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:September 13, 1994

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Independent Spirit Awards Brooke Smith Best Supporting Actress 1994 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Larry Pine Best Supporting Actor 1994 Nominee

Cast

Wallace Shawn
as Vanya
Brooke Smith
as Sonya
Andre Gregory
as Himself
Julianne Moore
as Yelena
Larry Pine
as Dr. Astrov
Lynn Cohen
as Maman
Jerry Mayer
as Waffles
Madhur Jaffrey
as Mrs. Chao
Phoebe Brand
as Marina
George Gaynes
as Serybryakov

Crew

Louis Malle
Director
Fred Berner
Producer
Anton Chekhov
Play Author
Andre Gregory
Screenwriter
David Mamet
Screenwriter
Declan Quinn
Cinematographer
Joshua Redman
Composer (Music Score)
Nancy Baker
Editor
Alysse Bezahler
Associate Producer
Gary Jones
Costume Designer
Sharon Ilson
Makeup
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