The Cherry Orchard
First screened in September 2012
Director: Michael Cacoyannis. Cast: Charlotte Rampling, Alan Bates, Tushka Bergen, Katrin Cartlidge, Owen Teale, Melanie Lynskey, Andrew Howard, Frances de la Tour, Gerard Butler, Xander Berkeley, Michael Gough, Ian McNeice. Screenplay: Michael Cacoyannis (based on the play by Anton Chekhov). Twitter Capsule:
Stagy camera. Cacoyannis forces top-flight cast into stagy gestures and cadences. Still, the rue comes through.
Clearest sign of risk or originality is the director's odd emphasis on vocal and stylistic variety among his cast. Chekhov on screen remains elusive.