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The Anna Cross (DVD NTSC)

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Studio(s): Ruscico, M.Gorky Film Studio
DVD Region: ALL

Theatrical release: 1954
DVD release: 2007
Play time: 87 min.
Sound format(s): Dolby Digital 5.1, Mono
Language(s): Russian
Subtitles: French, English, Russian
Format: Widescreen, 16:9, Color
Genre(s): Drama

Based on the short story by A.P. Chekhov.

To save her family from disgrace and hunger, a young dowerless girl gets married to a rich old man, only to turn into an unscrupulous kept woman who forgets her close ones…

It was the fourth film by an acclaimed master of literary adaptations, Isidor Annensky (1906-1977), made after A. Chekhov’s works (“The Bear”, “Man in a Shell”, “Marriage”). The director’s high culture and professionalism, faithfulness to the literary original, and the amazingly talented acting ensemble were always the marks of his films. Starring in “The Anna Cross” were such outstanding Russian film and theatre actors as the beautiful Alla Larionova (after this picture was released, the actress was invited by Charlie Chaplin to film in Hollywood), the idol of millions Mikhail Zharov, the highly popular chansonnier Alexander Vertinsky, who returned to the USSR ten years earlier, the Moscow Art Theatre star Alexei Gribov, and others.

This wonderful, never-aging film is so perfect that each generation of viewers will find it interesting, discovering in it still new unfading gems.

Special features:

Textual material about A.P. Chekhov;
Featurettes:
- “A Zemstvo Doctor”,
- “Recollections of O. Knipper-Chekhova”,
- “Wruter N. Teleshov Remembers”;
Filmographies;
Photo Album “In Memory of A. Larionova”

Director:
Isidor Annenskij

Script:
Isidor Annenskij

Camera:
Georgij Rejsgof

Music:
Lev Shvarts

Cast:
Nikita Podgornyj, Mikhail Zharov, Vladimir Vladislavskij, Irina Murzaeva, Vladimir Soshal'skij, Aleksej Gribov, Alla Larionova, Aleksandr Sashin-Nikol'skij, Aleksandr Vertinskij, Petr Mal'tsev, Aleksandr Metelkin