THE SEAGULL - WILLIAMSTOWN THEATRE FESTIVAL - 1975 - DVD
Director: John J. Desmond
Writers: Anton Chekhov (play), Stark Young (translation and adaptation)
Stars: David Clennon, Blythe Danner, Olympia Dukakis
Though it's been decades since I saw this TV production (on PBS), it stays in my mind because Blythe Danner's performance remains still the most memorable Nina I've seen (and that includes Vanessa Redgrave's performance in the film version directed by Sidney Lumet). Her poignant vivacity and despair were so sharply etched, and her devastation at the end was so piercing, I think it is one of the greatest performances I've seen, though I also remember Lee Grant's imperiousness as Arkadina (very much like her performances in THE LANDLORD and SHAMPOO). I wish that this version could be made available (rebroadcast on TV, perhaps on Bravo, or available on tape) so that I can see if my memory is correct.
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