Unfinished Piece for the Player Piano
The film is based on the works by Russian writer Anton Chekhov.

This is a picture of life of the Russian gentry in the late 19th century. Without a grain of sentimentality, the director reveals the moral bankruptcy of his heroes. A village teacher, Platonov, is undergoing an emotional crisis. He believes his life has had no purpose. He is tormenting both himself and his young wife, Sashenka. The film’s another protagonist – Doctor Terletsky – hates his patients and his work. The guests staying with a general’s wife, Anna Petrovna, are talking about the pleasures of a simple village life, not really believing what they are saying. The retro style chosen by the director and the masterly cinematography (a credit to Nikita Mikhalkov’s permanent cameraman – Pavel Lebeshev) combine to make this film a real treasure for the lovers of Russian classics. Played in the film is the music by G. Donizetti, F. Liszt, S. Rachmaninov.

Big Golden Shell at the San Sebastian IFF, 1977;
Special Jury Prize for Best Acting (Alexander Kaliagin) at the Cartagena IFF, 1977;
Golden Plate Prize at the Chicago IFF, 1978

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