Neokonchennaya pyesa dlya mekhanicheskogo pianino (Unfinished Piece for a Player Piano)
Neokonchennaya pyesa dlya mekhanicheskogo pianino (Unfinished Piece for a Player Piano) (1977)

A dacha is a summer home for Russians, away from the hurly-burly of the city, and can be as primitive as a cabin or as elaborate as a palace. A much-favored place for gatherings of intellectuals, dachas are a favored literary setting. In… More

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Release Date: June 20, 1993
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Janet Maslin
New York Times

The film, only very loosely based on the early Chekhov play Platonov, is perhaps even closer to Chekhov than Chekhov was.

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

Loosely basing his saga on on Chekhov's first play Platonov (written in 1881 but published in 1923), Mikhalkov has made a humorous, bittersweet tale of human folly and lost dreams.

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Time Out

Mikhalkov's version of Chekhov's first play, Platonov, has a lyrical naturalism that Chekhov would have loved.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The relentlessly pretty cinematography suggests an urge for precious self-deception on Mikhalkov's part as strong as any of his characters'.

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