Parini Novel Filmed with All-Star Cast | Arts News | Seven Days | Vermont's Independent Voice
Pin It

Parini Novel Filmed with All-Star Cast 

State of the Arts

Christopher Plummer plays the aged Leo Tolstoy. Helen Mirren embodies his wife. Paul Giamatti is his disciple, Vladimir Chertkov. And James McAvoy is his secretary. Adapted from the 1990 historical novel by Middlebury College professor Jay Parini, The Last Station has award-season potential written all over it.

No release date has been set, but Parini says editing is complete, and an opening in late 2009 is likely. He was pleased with a recent London screening, and especially enjoyed the original score by a young Russian composer named Sergei Yevtushenko.

Parini has published an impressive roster of books, ranging from fiction to poetry to criticism to biography. He’s currently at work adapting three to the screen, he says. But The Last Station is the first to make it to celluloid, a lengthy process Parini recounts in the February 20 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education. (The late Anthony Quinn, a friend of Parini’s, originally wanted to play Tolstoy.) That makes The Last Station a well-documented project indeed: Tolstoy’s great-great-grandson cap-tured the shooting of the film in a doc for European television, Parini says. Look for it later this year . . .

Did you appreciate this story?

Show us your ❤️ by becoming a Seven Days Super Reader.

Got something to say? Send a letter to the editor and we'll publish your feedback in print!

Pin It

More by Margot Harrison

About The Author

Margot Harrison

Margot Harrison

Margot Harrison is the Associate Editor at Seven Days; she coordinates literary and film coverage. In 2005, she won the John D. Donoghue award for arts criticism from the Vermont Press Association.


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Seven Days moderates comments in order to ensure a civil environment. Please treat the comments section as you would a town meeting, dinner party or classroom discussion. In other words, keep commenting classy! Read our guidelines...

Note: Comments are limited to 300 words.

Keep up with us Seven Days a week!

Sign up for our fun and informative

All content © 2019 Da Capo Publishing, Inc. 255 So. Champlain St. Ste. 5, Burlington, VT 05401
Website powered by Foundation