The Sea Gull is a sensitive, well-made and abstractly interesting period pic. Downbeat eternal verities - frustration, unrequited love, etc. - are projected admirably by a cast featuring James Mason, Simone Signoret (both in memorable performances), Vanessa Redgrave and David Warner.

The Sea Gull is a sensitive, well-made and abstractly interesting period pic. Downbeat eternal verities – frustration, unrequited love, etc. – are projected admirably by a cast featuring James Mason, Simone Signoret (both in memorable performances), Vanessa Redgrave and David Warner.

Setting is a rural Russian house, where bailiff Ronald Radd, his wife Eileen Herlie and daughter Kathleen Widdoes seek to create a pleasant climate for the final years of Harry Andrews, a retired official who apparently has endured a life of frustration. Andrews herein is a cliche, crotchety old fool. His performance is the poorest one in the film.

Signoret, Andrews’ sister, has descended for a visit, trailed by her current lover, Mason, a popular hack writer. Redgrave, a neighborhood girl, becomes entranced with Mason.

The deliberate adherence to the Chekhov’s script necessarily retains the somewhat old-fashioned character motivations and plot structures.

Director Sydney Lumet has created an appropriately somber mood.

The Sea Gull

UK

Production

Warner/Seven Arts. Director Sidney Lumet; Producer Sidney Lumet; Camera Gerry Fisher; Editor Alan Heim; Art Director Tony Walton

Crew

(Color) Extract of a review from 1968. Running time: 141 MIN.

With

James Mason Vanessa Redgrave Simone Signoret David Warner Harry Andrews Denholm Elliott
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