"The Lady With the Dog"
Directed by Josef Heifitz
Based on the novel by
Chekhov, and directed by the Russian master of Chekhov adaptations, Josef
Heifitz, this bittersweet, nostalgic story is set at the beginning of the
twentieth century. On holiday in Yalta, Muscovite banker Dimitri
Gurov encounters a beautiful young woman
named Anna Sergeyovna who each day
walks her dog along the promenade. They drift into an affair, then part,
she returning to Saratov, he to Moscow,
and both to unhappy marriages, but Dmitri is haunted by Anna's memory and
the two arrange clandestine meetings, realizing that they are doomed to a
life of brief, secret encounters.