The Swan song by Anton Chekhov

United States, 1971

Film
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The curtain rises in an old theatre, the audience and the cleaning women have all gone home. It is dark and musty and the stage has been cleared of all scenery. There is silence. Then a candlelight appears, illuminating a face…it is the face of The Actor, rouged, lined and old. The Actor encounters someone else, the Theatre Prompter, who becomes an unwilling audience and the two men share each other’s loneliness on the darkened stage. Adapted from Chekhov’s 1886 stage version of his short story, the film illustrates the adaptability of the short story form to a moving, audiovisual experience.

Credits

production company

Cinerep Productions

producer/director

Claude Woolman

Duration

00:24:55:00

Production places
United States
Production dates
1971

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

010481

Language

English

Subject categories

Adaptations

Literature → Literature

Literature → Russian literature - Film and video adaptations

Literature → Short stories

Music & Performing Arts → Acting - Drama

Music & Performing Arts → Performing arts

Music & Performing Arts → Theater - Soviet Union

Short films

Short films → Short films - Soviet Union

Short films → Short films - United States

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Colour

Holdings

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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