Vanya on 42nd Street

Vanya on 42nd Street

Criterion Collection Edition #599

In the early nineties, theater director André Gregory mounted a series of spare, private performances of Anton Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya” in a crumbling Manhattan playhouse. This experiment in pure theater—featuring a remarkable cast of actors, including Wallace Shawn, Julianne Moore, Brooke Smith, and George Gaynes—would have been lost to time had it not been captured on film, with subtle cinematic brilliance, by Louis Malle. VANYA ON 42ND STREET is as memorable and emotional a screen version of Chekhov’s masterpiece as one could ever hope to see. This film, which turned out to be Malle’s last, is a tribute to the playwright’s devastating work as well as to the creative process itself.

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Vanya on 42nd Street
  • Vanya on 42nd Street

    Directed by Louis Malle • 1994 • United States
    Starring André Gregory, Wallace Shawn, Julianne Moore

    In the early nineties, theater director André Gregory mounted a series of spare, private performances of Anton Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya” in a crumbling Manhattan playhouse. This experiment in pure ...

Extras

  • Like Life: The Making of VANYA ON 42ND STREET

    This documentary, produced by the Criterion Collection in 2011, features new interviews with VANYA ON 42ND STREET actors André Gregory, Julianne Moore, Wallace Shawn, Brooke Smith, Lynn Cohen, Larry Pine, and George Gaynes and producer Fred Berner.