The Last Station

The Last Station

DVD - 2010
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In honor of his newly created religion, Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy renounces his title, property, and family in favor of poverty and celibacy. For the Countess Sofya, his wife of nearly fifty years, this is the last straw! After she discovers his plans to leave the rights to his iconic novels to the Russian people rather than his own family, she decides to use every trick of seduction in her considerable arsenal, to fight for what she believes is rightfully hers.
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, [2010]
Branch Call Number: MOVIE LAS
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (113 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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Nursebob
Feb 09, 2018

Michael Hoffman’s adaptation of Jay Parini’s novel is an exercise in lost opportunities and misfired direction which nevertheless manages to entertain if only on a superficial level. Plummer and Mirren certainly deserved their Oscar nominations but their characters appear insubstantial—Tolstoy’s genius is reduced to a few bon mots as Plummer scowls and growls like a loveable old bear, Mirren’s shrill harridan flips between weepy histrionics and plate-smashing defiance, and in the background Giamatti twirls his waxed moustache like a silent film villain and McAvoy’s star-struck naif waffles about with a perpetual tear clinging to the corner of each eye. The music is stirring however (especially those ironic opera passages) and the German locales stand in admirably for the decaying opulence of pre-Revolutionary Russia although the crew did get permission to film on the grounds of Yasnaya Polyana, Tolstoy’s former estate—it’s rough splendour lending some legitimacy to the ongoing soap. Even an early example of soviet paparazzi make an appearance as Leo and Sofya can’t seem to leave the house without being surrounded by scribbling journalists and hand-cranked cameras. Sadly, all the ingredients of a truly great biopic are here but Hoffman just doesn’t get the recipe right.

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bobgrant
Jul 11, 2016

A real story-line. (check) Actual acting. (check) Humour. (check) Drama. (check) Romance. (check) Officious toadies. (check check) Great film? Check.

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cdonaldsontx
Oct 05, 2015

A historical drama worth checking out.
The acting by Plummer and Mirren is exceptional. Some of the other character-developments seemed forced or contrived. The time on them was wasted and caused the story to drag for me. The love story is the only story here.
I think I would rather have had time spent on her battles after his death -- more interesting.
I rate it medium because it has the potential for more that was missed. Overall, enjoyable.

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tenet
Aug 08, 2015

Rated 5/10.

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BloomFree
Mar 04, 2015

I loved the drama and the cantankerous arguing between the couple. Filming had a poetic feel which was enjoyable. Interesting sound effects.

harrybrowne Nov 20, 2013

Utterly awful. Overacted and poorly written. A waste of some wonderful talents like Helen Mirren and Christopher Plummer. If you want to learn about Tolstoy read his magnificent novels.

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Daylight62
Jul 05, 2012

Didn't know anything about Tolstoy so I found it interesting and the actors were top notch.

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mercerroad937
Apr 08, 2012

Does "No items requestable" mean that the library will not hold DVDs?

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AndreaRowe
Mar 29, 2012

Beautiful, touching, an interesting look into the final days of Tolstoy. Wonderful acting.

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springtunes
Nov 19, 2011

beautifully made movie... touching and profound.

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Ugogurl
Oct 13, 2010

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Ugogurl
Oct 13, 2010

This is an interesting account of the fame and fortune of Tolstoys life in a time when all he was concerned about was his work. His wife reminds us that women are chattel but her smarts, and craziness, show us the struggle of fame during this time in history.
Excellent performances by all, but this movies is a little slow.

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Ugogurl
Oct 13, 2010

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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