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George Bernard Shaw on film : Major Barbara, Caesar and Cleopatra, Androcles and the Lion

Author: Gabriel Pascal; Bernard Shaw; Janus Films.; RKO Radio Pictures.; Criterion Collection (Firm)
Publisher: [Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, 2010.
Series: Eclipse (Criterion Collection (Firm))., Series 20, George Bernard Shaw on film.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : English
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The hugely influential, Nobel Prize winning critic and playwright George Bernard Shaw was notoriously reluctant to allow his writing to be adapted for the cinema. Yet thanks to the persistence of Hungarian producer Gabriel Pascal, Shaw finally agreed to collaborate on a series of screen versions of his witty, socially minded plays.
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Genre/Form: Feature films
Historical films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Drama
Named Person: Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt; Julius Caesar
Material Type: Internet resource, Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Gabriel Pascal; Bernard Shaw; Janus Films.; RKO Radio Pictures.; Criterion Collection (Firm)
ISBN: 9781604652505 1604652500
OCLC Number: 527971183
Language Note: Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.
Notes: Includes the 3 complete films of Bernard Shaw.
Major Barbara and Androcles and the lion and shot in b&w and monoaural ; Caesar and Cleopatra shot in Technicolor.
Credits: Directors of photography : Ronald Neame (Major Barbara), Jack Cardiff (Caesar and Cleopatra), Harry Stradling (Androcles and the Lion).
Performer(s): Starring, in Major Barbara : Wendy Hiller, Rex Harrison, Robert Morley, Robert Newton ; in Caesar and Cleopatra : Vivien Leigh, Claude Rains, Stewart Granger, Flora Robson ; in Androcles and the lion: Jean Simmons, Victor Mature, Robert Newton, Maurice Evans, Alan Young.
Target Audience: MPAA rating: Not rated.
Description: 3 videodiscs (347 min.) : sd., col. , b&w ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD, region 1, full screen (1.22:1) presentation ; mono. Caesar and Cleopatra, in Technocolor.
Contents: Major Barbara / screenplay, Bernard Shaw : 1941 (121 min.) --
Caesar and Cleopatra / screenplay, Bernard Shaw : 1945 (128 min.) --
Androcles and the lion / screen adaptation, Chester Erskine : 1952 ( 98 min.).
Series Title: Eclipse (Criterion Collection (Firm))., Series 20, George Bernard Shaw on film.
Other Titles: Major Barbara
Caesar and Cleopatra
Androcles and the lion
Major Barbara (Motion picture)
Caesar and Cleopatra (Motion picture)
Androcles and the lion (Motion picture)
Responsibility: Gabriel Pascal productions ; scenario and dialogues all by Bernard Shaw.

Abstract:

The hugely influential, Nobel Prize winning critic and playwright George Bernard Shaw was notoriously reluctant to allow his writing to be adapted for the cinema. Yet thanks to the persistence of Hungarian producer Gabriel Pascal, Shaw finally agreed to collaborate on a series of screen versions of his witty, socially minded plays.

Major Barbara: Barbara is a major in the Salvation Army, but also the daughter of Andrew Undershaft, a millionaire arms manufacturer. A comedic battle rages between daughter and father, posing the question: does salvation come through faith of science?--International Movie Data Base.

Caesar and Cleopatra: Cleopatra hasn't been on the throne of the pharoahs of Egypt very long when Julius Caesar pays a visit. Caesar finds the prospect of romance more tempting than he expected, since Cleopatra is a rare woman who is bright as well as beautiful. And for Cleopatra, a friendly relationship with the most powerful man in the world may pay dividends in the future--International Movie Data Base.

Androcles and the lion: Androcles is a Christian in ancient Rome who applies that religion's teachings even as they apply to the treatment of animals. Seeing a lion in pain, he removes a huge thorn from the beast's paw, creating a friend for life. Androcles and a number of other Christians are eventually arrested and condemned to death in the arena. They are to die by being eaten by lions. Is it too much to hope that one of the lions may have a paw that has healed recently and might remember who did it.?--International Movie Data Base.

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