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Three Sisters (1970)

Olga, Masha, and Irina Prozoroff lead lonely and purposeless lives following the death of their father who had commanded the local army post. Olga attempts to find satisfaction in teaching,... See full summary »

Directors:

Laurence Olivier, John Sichel (co-director)

Writers:

Moura Budberg, Anton Chekhov (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeanne Watts Jeanne Watts ... Olga
Joan Plowright ... Masha
Louise Purnell Louise Purnell ... Irina
Derek Jacobi ... Andrei
Sheila Reid Sheila Reid ... Natasha
Kenneth MacKintosh Kenneth MacKintosh ... Kulighin
Daphne Heard Daphne Heard ... Anfissa the nana
Harry Lomax Harry Lomax ... Ferrapont the watchman
Judy Wilson ... Serving maid
Mary Griffiths Mary Griffiths ... Housemaid
Ronald Pickup ... Baron Tusenbach
Laurence Olivier ... Dr. Ivan Chebutikin
Frank Wylie Frank Wylie ... Maj. Vassili Vassilich Solloni
Alan Bates ... Col. Vershinin
Richard Kay Richard Kay ... Lt. Fedotik
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Olga, Masha, and Irina Prozoroff lead lonely and purposeless lives following the death of their father who had commanded the local army post. Olga attempts to find satisfaction in teaching, but secretly longs for a home and family. Masha, unhappy with her marriage to a timid schoolmaster, falls hopelessly in love with a married Colonel. Irina works in the local telegraph office, but longs for gaiety. Their sense of futility is increased by their brother's marriage to Natasha, a coarse peasant girl. She gradually encroaches on the family home until even the private refuge of the sisters is destroyed. They dream of starting a new life in Moscow, but are saddled with the practicalities of their quiet existence. Despite their past failures, they resolve to seek some purpose and hope when the army post is withdrawn from the town. Written by alfiehitchie

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 November 1970 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A három nővér See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Sir Alan Bates replaced Sir Robert Stephens, who was forced to withdraw through illness. See more »

Connections

Version of Paura e amore (1988) See more »

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Russian Lullaby
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One of the Finest Stage Adaptations in Film History
5 December 1999 | by Oblomov_81See all my reviews

This is a beautiful, glorious filming of Chekhov's brilliant play. Unfortunately, because it cannot be found on video, I had to catch it late-night on TV in order to see it. This really deserves a video release.

The acting is superb, especially by Joan Plowright, Jeanne Watts, and Louise Purnell, who flesh out the conflicting characteristics perfectly. Olivier himself puts in a fine performance as the alcoholic officer, and two of Britan's finest actors, Alan Bates and Derek Jacobi, offer wonderful support. The photography by Geoffrey Unsworth is magnificent, and the simplistic production design makes you feel like you're actually in a theater watching a production. As always, Olivier does more with the theater than any other director could. Find it if you can- they show it on the ENCORE once in a while.


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