Chekhov’s The Seagull Starring Blythe Danner & Frank Langella

Seagull I’ve been able to find only three film versions of Chekhov’s The Seagull have made made. The first in 1969 a version starring Vanessa Redgrave, the second in 1970 was a Soviet production and the third was an excellent 1975 film made for American public televsion starring Blythe Danner, mother of Gwyneth Paltrow,  in the title role which is available on DVD. Blythe Danner’s performance is warm and real, the emotion heartbreaking much as Vera’s must have been. Check out this wonderful photo gallery from the production in 1974.

Mikhail Bulgakov

The_White_Guard_smMikhail Bulgakov was little known outside his native Russia until the publication of The Master And Margarita nearly three decades after his death. Since then he had taken his place among the literary giants of Russian and World History. There are many intriguing aspects to Bulgakov’s life. He began his professional life as a country doctor and served with the Russian military during World War One and later with the White Armies which sought to topple the young Bolshevik regime during the Civil War. Though it has never been noted, it seems likely that Boris Pasternak may have based some aspects of Dr. Zhivago upon Bulgakov as well as the more prominent Alexander Blok. After the wars Bulgakov moved to Moscow where he became a writer, his first major work the hilariously satirical Heart Of A Dog, a story which tells in both parable and parody and tale of early Soviet culture using the device of a talking to illustrate the mean spirited society that had arisen from the ashes of Tsarist Russia. To Continue Reading Click Here