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Studio Image Entertainment
SKU 208793277
UPC 014381486223
UPC 14 00014381486223
Format DVD
Release Date 11/25/2008
Big Battles
Period Piece
Editors Note
Note THE MAHABHARATA, a 2,000-year-old sacred work of the Hindu tradition, is the source for director Peter Brook's most unusual film. After spending much of the 1980s laboring on a nine-hour version of the 18-volume Sanskrit text, which in English means "The Political Story of the Human Race," he reduced the work to six hours for television and three for film. Adapted by Jean-Claude Carrière, the film stars Vittorio Mezzogiorno as Arjuna, the leader of the virtuous Pandava clan, which wages war throughout the epic with the power-hungry Kauravas, who are led by Arjuna's half-brothers, Karna (Jeff Kissoon) and Duryodhana (Georges Corraface). Although the benign Lord Krishna (Bruce Myers) cannot intervene, he provides advice for both clans on protecting dharma, the order of the universe. ^As with the mythology of any culture--or any Wagnerian opera, for that matter--there are sections that can be grasped only by initiates. But the dramatic impact of most of this compendium of stories and ethical teaching, enacted by an international cast with only minimal sets and props, can be appreciated by anyone. Indeed, for viewers ready to accept Brook's conventions, which are not unlike those of the silent film, this can be a valuable entry point to a fascinating cultural tale.
Plot Summary
Summary Director Peter Brook's screen presentation of the legendary Indian myth. Given an added universal dimension by its use of a widely varied international cast, this epic film is based on Jean-Claude Carrière's impressive, nine-hour stage adaptation of the allegorical Indian poem.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "If you listen carefully, at the end, you'll be somebody else."--Narrator
New York Times "...THE MAHABHARATA is above all a great yarn about a family feud....[The actors] make up a richly evocative global portrait gallery..." 09/28/1989 p.C18
Los Angeles Times "...A work of beauty and eloquence....It is an exhilarating experience..." 06/29/1990 p.F6
Peter Brook
Bruce Myers
Vittorio Mezzogiorno
George Corraface
Cast & Crew
Bruce Myers - Star
Robert Langdon Lloyd - Star
Millika Sarabhai - Star
Sotigui Kouyate - Star
Vittorio Mezzogiorno - Star
Tapa Sudana - Star
George Corraface - Star
Yoshi Oida - Star
Helene Patarot - Star
Andrzej Seweryn - Star
Jeffrey Kissoon - Star
Ryszard Cieslak - Star
Mamadou Dioume - Star
Peter Brook - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1989
Catalog ID 4862
UPC 00014381486223
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 170 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Product Attributes
Actor Alexander,Erika
Label Image Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD

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