Dark Eyes (film)
|Directed by||Nikita Mikhalkov|
|Produced by||Carlo Cucchi
Silvia D'Amico Bendico
|Written by||Aleksandr Adabashyan
Suso Cecchi d'Amico
Anton Chekhov (stories)
|Music by||Francis Lai|
|Cinematography||Franco Di Giacomo|
|Editing by||Enzo Meniconi|
|Release dates||September 9, 1987|
|Running time||118 minutes|
|Language||Italian / Russian / French|
Dark Eyes (Italian: Oci ciornie; Russian: Очи чёрные) is a 1987 Italian and Russian language film which tells the story of a 19th-century married Italian who falls in love with a married Russian woman. It stars Marcello Mastroianni and Yelena Safonova.
The film was adapted from (or rather inspired by) four Anton Chekhov's stories, notably The Lady with the Pet Dog, by a Soviet-Italian team that included Aleksandr Adabashyan, Suso Cecchi d'Amico and Nikita Mikhalkov. The latter directed. The title refers to a famous Russian art song.
- Marcello Mastroianni - Romano
- Marthe Keller - Tina, Romano's Mistress
- Yelena Safonova - Anna Sergeyevna, Governor's Wife (as Elena Sofonova)
- Pina Cei - Elisa's Mother
- Vsevolod Larionov - Pavel (Russian Ship Passenger)
- Innokenti Smoktunovsky - the Governor of Sysoyev (as Innochentij Smoktunovskj)
- Roberto Herlitzka - Lawyer
- Paolo Baroni - Manlio
- Oleg Tabakov - His Grace
- Yuri Bogatyryov - Marshall (as Jury Bogatiriov)
- Dmitri Zolotukhin - Konstantin (as Dimitri Zolothuchin)
- Silvana Mangano - Elisa (Romano's Wife)
- Jean-Pierre Bardos - Laying guest (as J. Pierre Bardos)
- Nino Bignamini - Buyer
- Maria Grazia Bon - His wife
Principal shooting took place at the Montecatini Terme in Tuscany, in the Volga town of Kostroma, and in Leningrad (Vladimir Palace, Peter and Paul Fortress). A few of the actors had previously appeared together in A Cruel Romance, a 1984 Russian film starring Mikhalkov and shot on location in Kostroma.
The critics have complained that Mikhalkov's film "conveys more of a foreign idea what Chekhov is about rather than a Russian one". According to Jonathan Rosenbaum, Dark Eyes is "so sprawling and ungainly that Chekhov is turned into chopped liver". He also dismissed Mastroianni's acting as "shameless mugging and prancing".
- "NY Times: Dark Eyes". NY Times.com. Retrieved 2009-04-01.
- "Festival de Cannes: Dark Eyes". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-07-19.
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