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Gambler, The (1997)
Starring: Michael Gambon, Jodhi May, Polly Walker, Dominic West
Director: Karoly Makk
Category: Drama, Classics, Classics, Special Interest, Special Interest, Indepe
Studio: Wellspring
97 mins



In The Grip Of Obsession, Reason Is Suspended.

Based on a true episode in literary history - the strange circumstances that led Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky to write his novel The Gambler. A young woman, Anna (Jodhi May, The House of Mirth), in desperate need for money, takes a job as a stenographer for Dostoyevsky (Michael Gambon, Gosford Park) - forty-five, epileptic, and in debt. The terms of her employment are extraordinary - she must stay at his apartment during the next month while he dictates a new novel to her. As the novel unfolds, Anna goes through a passage of discovery, a shedding of innocence and convention as she comes face to face with her own eroticism.