Anton Chekhov's The Duel
Anton Chekhov's The Duel (2010)

Save Shakespeare, Chekhov is the literary giant whose work is most frequently adapted for the screen. Based on his eponymous 1891 novella, THE DUEL gives life to a classic Chekhovian tale: the young ne'er-do-well aristocrat vs. the… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: April 28, 2010
DVD Release Date: May 24, 2011
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

You want bite. But the movie's teeth are locked behind the dramatic equivalent of a retainer.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

Chekhov's stories and plays often vibrate in that zone where comedy and tragedy are indistinguishable. And so it is with this movie.

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Nicolas Rapold
Film Comment Magazine

...perhaps most impressively, Kosashvili gets the delicate falling ending of short fiction that is so hard to achieve on screen.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

Much of what is spelled out in the book is artfully condensed for the film, which was shot in Croatia and is pretty enough to double as a tourist lure.

Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

If you see this movie, it will give you more pleasure and more to think about than any of the more popular entries currently out there.

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Jim Schembri

Irish actor Andrew Scott is excellent as the deceitful, snivelling scoundrel whose habit of taking advantage of the good graces of others hits its limit.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

It somehow isn't as exciting as a duel over a woman should be. If you're not well rested before entering the theater, it could put you under.

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Jonathan F. Richards

The setting of the title event is spectacular, and the photography is wonderful. In places the movie seems as lazy as Laevsky. But Chekhov's story provides a lot to chew on.

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Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)

It's a strange but compelling story in which indolence and dissolution are confronted in a life or death moment.

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