Cinema: Script by Chekhov

The Lady with the Dog is a Russian movie that tells a story by Anton Chekhov and tells it simply and clearly from start to finish.

Dimitri, summering at Yalta, meets Anna, a sad-faced beauty who promenades every day along the quay with her little white spitz, Ralph. Dimitri has a wife, a pince-nezed intellectual, back in Moscow; Anna's husband is a foppish flunky in Saratov. As they become friends and lovers, Anna's unhappiness and self-recrimination grow stronger: Dimitri at length returns to Moscow to face the winter and his wife's domineering. Then, aboard a tram one day, he sees a little...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!