These new rich lack the culture of the aristocrats they are emulating. The lawyer Sergei Bassov is given life by Roger Allam as a flippant, anti-intellectual with a lower-middle class British accent and demeanor. His wife Varya (the excellent Jennifer Ehle) is bored and dissatisfied. She looks forward with secret hope to the visit of Shalimov, the famous writer she idolized as a student. But he is cynical and can't write, because he can't understand what's going on in the world.
Friday, November 04, 2005
A review of Summerfolk with a photo, brought to you by Komisar's Curtain Raisers. Here's the relevant bit, as usual.