<i>The Last Letter.</i> 2002. USA. Directed by Frederick Wiseman
  • The Last Letter

    2002. USA. Frederick Wiseman. 61 min.

Monday, April 5, 2010, 4:00 p.m.

Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2

  • The Last Letter

    2002. USA. Directed by Frederick Wiseman. The Last Letter is based on an epistolary chapter from Life and Fate, the posthumously published epic novel by the Soviet writer Vasily Grossman, and on Wiseman’s own French theatrical adaptation with Catherine Samie, doyenne of the Comédie-Française. Filmed on a stark and shadowy stage to evoke a Nazi-occupied Ukrainian ghetto in 1941, The Last Letter centers on Samie’s devastating performance as Anna Semionova, a Russian Jewish physician who dictates one final letter to her son before facing certain death. One of Wiseman’s most personal works, The Last Letter takes the form of a monologue, inspired in part by his childhood memories of radio broadcasts from war-ravaged Europe in the late 1930s and 1940s In French; English subtitles. 61 min.

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