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Mahabharata (1989)

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Format: DVD
Sku: 208793277
UPC: 014381486223
UPC 14: 00014381486223
Category Keywords: Big Battles  Epic  India  Mythology  Period Piece  War
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Editor's 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.


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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Image Entertainment
Video Release Date Release Date: 11/25/2008
Video Play Time Running Time: 170 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1989
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 4862
Video UPC UPC: 00014381486223
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Bruce Myers
Video Cast Info Robert Langdon Lloyd
Video Cast Info Millika Sarabhai
Video Cast Info Sotigui Kouyate
Video Cast Info Vittorio Mezzogiorno
Video Cast Info Tapa Sudana
Video Cast Info George Corraface
Video Cast Info Yoshi Oida
Video Cast Info Helene Patarot
Video Cast Info Andrzej Seweryn
Video Cast Info Jeffrey Kissoon
Video Cast Info Ryszard Cieslak
Video Cast Info Mamadou Dioume
Video Cast Info Peter Brook - Director
Plot 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

"If you listen carefully, at the end, you'll be somebody else."----Narrator

Professional Reviews

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

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Alexander,Erika
Product attributeLabel:   Image Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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