Neokonchennaya pyesa dlya mekhanicheskogo pianino (Unfinished Piece for a Player Piano)
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Neokonchennaya pyesa dlya mekhanicheskogo pianino (Unfinished Piece for a Player Piano)
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 this film, adapted by Nikita Mikhailkov from Anton Chekhov's first play and some of his other works, the schoolteacher Platonov (Alexander Kalyagin) has come with his wife to spend a summer weekend at a friend's dacha. Among the other guests there, he meets his former lady-love Sophia (Elena Solovei), who is now married to another. Even though he… More

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Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The film, only very loosely based on the early Chekhov play Platonov, is perhaps even closer to Chekhov than Chekhov was."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"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."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Mikhalkov's version of Chekhov's first play, Platonov, has a lyrical naturalism that Chekhov would have loved."
‑ , Time Out
"The relentlessly pretty cinematography suggests an urge for precious self-deception on Mikhalkov's part as strong as any of his characters'."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader