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[Past Event] Celebrating Chekhov on Film

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Course Description:

During the final ten years of his life, Anton Chekhov, the great Russian playwright and storyteller, wrote his major theatrical works, now classics ("The Seagull," "Uncle Vanya," "Three Sisters" and "The Cherry Orchard"), and many of his over 500 short stories.

This period coincided with cinema's first decade, but Chekhov never wrote for the screen. The resources of cinema were perfect for him, in light of his skill at recording changes in relationships and emotions and the importance he placed in memories determining his actions. For many years, filmmakers have adapted Chekhov's plays and short stories into movies.

In this film studies course, we'll discuss four films adapted from Chekhov's works: "Three Sisters" (1966), "Dark Eyes" (1987), "Vanya on 42nd Street" (1994), and "The Seagull" (2018). Participants are to independently view each film prior to the Zoom session.


Tuition: $25.00

Additional Fees: $0.00

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Thursdays, Sept. 17, 24; Oct. 1, 8 *2:00-3:00pm* (4 sessions – films not included)


We'll meet online via Zoom. Zoom is free and easy to use. OLLI will walk you through the steps. Prior to each Zoom meeting (class), you will receive an email with specific details on that meeting.


Malcolm Weintraub, inveterate cineaste, is a devotee of film studies paying special attention to cinema thematics. His popular series include "The Silents," and "Women Auteur Filmmakers."