The fact that Chekhov intended his work to be seen as a farce has not yet received a comprehensive evaluation.

His first comedy, The Seagull, failed. And no wonder! Spectators who anticipated vaudevillian scenes became extremely angry with the dramatist for misleading them with the subtitle and for representing, instead, a depressing story that ends with the suicide of a main protagonist...


from the book A Concept of Dramatic Genre and the Comedy of a New Type  by V. Ulea (2002)

     Scenes from the movie