The Mahabharata (Brook) DVD
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Directed by Peter Brook
Produced in 1989
Main Language - English
Georges Corraface, Ryszard Cieslak, Urs Bihler
Science Fiction & Fantasy - Fantasy • Television Drama • Period, Costume & Historical Television • Science Fiction & Fantasy Television • British Television • American Television • British Film • Stage
Translating as `The Poetical History of Humanity', the Mahabharata is a 100,000-stanza Sanskrit epic that's more than 10 times longer than the Bible. Having already condensed its contents for his stage adaptation, Peter Brook discarded more subplots and philosophising for this still sprawling version that he completed (astonishingly) in three months for $5 million. Divided into three parts, the story centres on the rivalry for the throne of Hastinapura between the five sons of King Pandu and the 100 offspring of his brother, Dhritarashtra. `The Game of Dice' reveals how the Kauravas chanced upon power; `Exile in the Forest' chronicles the Pandavas' 13 years in the wilderness; and `The War' depicts the cousins' climactic showdown. Given its origins and budgetary limitations, the action is necessarily theatrical. While this might dilute the scale of the adventure, it lends it an intimacy that enhances the thematic universality, which is made all the more encompassing by Brook's shrewd decision to have each Pandava hail from a different ethnic origin. Prepare to be enthralled.
David Parkinson on 7th May 2005
Author of 206 reviews
The TV version of Brook's epic film fantasy. Based on a 3,500 year old Indian narrative, this was originally adapted for an acclaimed stage production by Brook and Jean Claude-Carriere, and attempts nothing less than to tell the story of mankind. Imaginatively rethought for the screen, the visual intensity and rich use of colour is complemented by the performances of a lively and diverse international cast.
Length: 312 mins
Aspect ratio: 1.33:1
Format: DVD Colour
Released: 30th May 2005
Cat No: BFIVD697
- 2 discs
- 24-page illustrated booklet.