Three Sisters

Three Sisters

DVD - 2003
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Nearly a thousand miles away from their beloved Moscow, three sisters live in virtual exile. Olga attempts to support her family and home that is the sole legacy from their late father. Masha finds relief from an empty marriage by being involved with a passionate young colonel. Irina wills herself to return the affections of an ardent suitor in the hope that he will whisk her off to the city. Sift through the debris of their shattered dreams on the eve of the social and political upheaval that will transform Russia forever.

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May 21, 2019

Fascinating time capsule of a film, released in 1970 and directed by Sir Laurence Olivier ("Hamlet," "Sleuth," "Marathon Man"), who plays Ivan. His wife (now widow) Joan Plowright ("The Entertainer"-- also with Olivier; "Enchanted April," "Tea with the Ladies") plays Masha, one of three unhappy sisters longing to escape the sterile futility of their provincial lives, convinced they will find purpose, excitement and enduring love in Moscow.

A rather stagy National Theater Company of Britain production featuring a shockingly young Derek Jacobi ("I, Claudius," "Cadfael," "The King's Speech") in one of his first film roles and a dashing, youngish Alan Bates ("Gosford Park," "An Unmarried Woman," "Women in Love," "Butley").

Essentially this film/play is about dashed hopes. Everyone yearns for a more meaningful existence; everyone reaches out to someone else to fulfill those dreams but are trapped by circumstance and the societal roles already in place. Talky and overlong but hey, it's Chekhov and they're British. Worth a look, I think.

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DASTardlyGal
Apr 02, 2012

INCREDIBLY BORING AND POINTLESS!!! I seems to me that when I was in high school or college, we had to read an Anton Chekhov play, and I don't think it was this one. I couldn't figure out what was the point of the play,and what the actors were saying; it was difficult for me to follow along with what they were saying. All the women wanted to do was go back to Moscow. So, a play was written about it??????? BORING!!!! Just boring, boring, pointless drivel. I tried so hard to follow along, and get into this play, but I just couldn't. The play is boring and don't understand how this is such a classic. Waste of time, a tree's life for the paper, and celluloid space. I had high hopes for this play, and was SORELY disappointed. This is strictly my opinion, and I realize that some people might actually like this play and find it worthwhile, wonderful, poignant, etc.. I'm just not one of them.

voisjoe1 Apr 24, 2011

Difficult to understand thick British Accent in talky movie with no subtitles.

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