Lady with a Dog


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1960, 83 min., b/w

Literary Adaptation, Drama

Written and directed by: Iosif Heifits, camera: Andrei Moskvin, Dmitry Meskhiyev, production designers: Bella Manevich, Isaak Kaplan, misic: Nadezhda Simonyan, sound: Arnold Shargorodsky

Cast: Iya Savvina, Alexei Batalov, Nina Alisova, Panteleimon Krymov, Yuri Medvedev, Vladimir Erenberg

Based on a short story by Anton Chekhov, the film is a masterpiece. It received the Special Award for Humanism at the International Film Festival in Cannes, France (1960). The actress Iya Savvina was given  the Special Award at the International Film Festival in Cannes, France (1960).

The Lady with the Dog (1960) on IMDb

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“She was a 100% absolute (in the sense of perfect) Woman”

From Iya Savvina’s last interview:

I graduated from the faculty of journalism. I don’t have theatre or acting education. Of course, any time I could have been fired on that ground. And I am in acting since 1946, if one counts high-school and student drama societies. But I met people who taught me how to act. Just talking to them taught you a lot. For example, Igor Konstantinovich Lipsky, he was an actor of Vakhtang theatre. Continue Reading