Anton Chekhov’s The Duel (2009)

ANTON CHEKHOV'S THE DUEL, Andrew Scott, 2009. ©Highline Pictures
ANTON CHEKHOV’S THE DUEL, Andrew Scott, 2009. ©Highline Pictures

 

Anton Chekhov authored his novella The Duel in 1891; one of the longest of the Russian master’s tales, it pits an aristocratic ne’er-do-well named Laevsky against a conceited and slightly arrogant scientist called Von Koren, and witnesses a climactic physical struggle between the two men. This film adaptation from Georgian director Dover Kosashvili follows the original text with remarkable fidelity; in it, Laevsky (Andrew Scott) clings to ephemeral pleasures such as drinking, gambling, and romancing his alluring mistress, Nadya (Fiona Glascott), in the Russian provinces — putting all of the said pursuits far ahead of disciplined action — but he soon grows listless and disenchanted with Nadya, falls into financial ruin, and ultimately must fight Von Koren in a vicious duel thanks to Nadya’s sexual liaisons with the man.

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First Images: BBC One’s ‘War & Peace’ Event Series

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Widely regarded as one of the greatest novels of all time, War & Peace follows five aristocratic families in 19th century Russia – a time when Alexander I was still Tsar and the French were invading Russian territory. The adaptation has been hailed as the BBC’s most ambitious project to date, without serious investment from the British public broadcaster.The six part event series features a gargantuan cast which includes Gillian Anderson, Jim Broadbent, Rebecca Front, Paul Dano, Lily James, James Norton, Kenneth Cranham, Aneurin Barnard, Tuppence Middleton, Callum Turner, Jessie Buckley, Brian Cox, Ken Stott, Stephen Rea, Ade Edmondson, Greta Scacchi, Jack Lowden, Tom Burke and Aisling Lotus.

Eyed for a late 2015 premiere on BBC One in the UK, the adaptation was penned by Mr Selfridge scribe Andrew Davies and is being produced by BBC Cymru Wales, Lookout Point, BBC Worldwide and Harvey Weinstein’s The Weinstein Company. Faith Penhale, Bethan Jones, Andrew Davies, Harvey Weinstein, Robert Walak and Simon Vaughan serve as executive producers.

The first look images released today show Paul Dano as Pierre Bezukhov, Lily James as Natasha Rostov and James Norton as Prince Andrei. Check them out in the gallery below:

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Stalingrad 2013 – releases Feb 28th

!Stalinggrad 2013

A band of Russian soldiers fight to hold a strategic building in their devastated city against a ruthless German army, and in the process become deeply connected to two Russian women who have been living there.

Armenia Oct 10, 2013
Russia Oct 10, 2013
Georgia Oct 24, 2013
China Oct 31, 2013
Lithuania Nov 29, 2013
Poland Nov 29, 2013
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United Kingdom Feb 21, 2014
Ireland Feb 21, 2014
United States Feb 28, 2014
Serbia Mar 3, 2014 (Belgrade Film Festival)
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