Julie Andrews Takes a Dramatic turn in Prestigious Multiple Sclerosis drama
DIRECTED BY ANDREY KONCHALOVSKIY/1986
BLU-RAY STREET DATE: JUNE 27, 2023/KL STUDIO CLASSICS
The legendary Julie Andrews and Alan Bates star in this acclaimed drama from filmmaker Andrey Konchalovskiy (Runaway Train) about a famed musician who’s tragically struck by Multiple Sclerosis. Max von Sydow also stars as Andrews’ counselor, and a young Liam Neeson also turns up. In the short video below, David Blakeslee of the Criterion Connections podcast shares his thoughts on the film and its recent Blu-ray release from KL Studio Classics…
The official product description… The iconic Julie Andrews (Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, Thoroughly Modern Millie) takes on the most challenging role of her career as Stephanie Anderson, a world-famous violinist suddenly afflicted with multiple sclerosis. Forced to watch helplessly while her talent ebbs away, Stephanie discovers that her marriage is crumbling too, when her composer-conductor husband (Alan Bates, Women in Love) escapes into an affair with his secretary. Convinced that her life is now worthless, Stephanie drifts into a world of bitterness and isolation, ignoring the advice of her psychiatrist (Max von Sydow, Needful Things) and continuing on her self-destructive course. Alone and desperate, she finally has no choice but to confront and conquer her despair—or die trying. Finely directed by Andrei Konchalovsky (Maria’s Lovers, Runaway Train), Duet for One reveals new dimensions of Julie Andrews’ breathtaking brilliance in a rare and touching drama. The all-star cast also includes Rupert Everett (My Best Friend’s Wedding) and Liam Neeson (Schindler’s List).
• Brand New 2K Master
• NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian/Filmmaker Daniel Kremer
• Optional English Subtitles