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The Mahabharata

Author: Peter BrookMichel PropperMarie-Hélène EstienneUrs BihlerRyszard CieślakAll authors
Publisher: [London] : Channel Four Television Company ; Chatsworth, CA : Distributed by Image Entertainment, ©1989, 2001.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The Mahabharata (which can be translated as 'The Poetical History of Humanity') is an epic tale of two sets of cousins: the Pandavas, the five sons of Pandu, the king of Hastinapura, and the Kauravas, the one hundred sons of Pandu's brother, Dhritarashtra. The eldest brother of each set of cousins claims the throne of Hastinapura for himself and a struggle arises between them. At first the kingdom is divided, but,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Adaptations
Drama
Film adaptations
Sacred books Drama
Named Person: Krishna, (Hindu deity); Krishna, (Hindu deity)
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Brook; Michel Propper; Marie-Hélène Estienne; Urs Bihler; Ryszard Cieślak; Georges Corraface; Mamadou Dioumé; Vittorio Mezzogiorno; Mallika Sarabhai; Jean-Claude Carrière; Royal Shakespeare Company.; International Center for Theatre Creations (C.I.C.T); Channel Four (Great Britain); Brooklyn Academy of Music.; Productions du 3ème étage.; Image Entertainment (Firm)
OCLC Number: 51775035
Credits: Director of photography, William Lubtchansky ; editor, Nicolas Gaster ; music, Toshi Tsuchitori ; songs interpreted by Sarmila Roy ; musicians, Djamchid Chemirani, Kudsi Erguner, Kim Menzer, Mahmoud Tabrizi-Zadeh.
Cast: Urs Biher (Dushassana), Ryszard Cieslak (Dhritharashtra), Georges Corraface (Duryodhana), Mamadou Dioumé (Bhima), Miriam Goldschmidt (Kunti), Jeffrey Kissoon (Karna), Sotigui Kouyate (Bhisma), Tuncel Kurtiz (Shakuni), Robert Langdon Lloyd (Vyasa), Vittorio Mezzogiorno (Arjuna), Bruce Myers (Ganesha/Krishna), Yoshi Oida (Drona), Hélène Patarot (Gandhari), Mallika Sarabhai (Draupadi), Andrzej Seweryn (Yudhishthira), Tapa Sudana (Pandu/Shiva).
Event notes: Originally produced as a television mini-series in 1989.
Target Audience: MPAA rating: Not rated.
Description: 2 videodiscs (325 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo, dual layer.
Contents: Includes documentary Making the Mahabharata / producer, Colin Wilson (1989) (55 min.)
Other Titles: Peter Brook's The Mahabharata
Mahābhārata.
Responsibility: co-produced by Channel Four Television, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Les Productions du 3ème Etage ; based on the RST/CICT stage production adapted by Jean-Claude Carrière ; screenplay by Peter Brook, Jean-Claude Carrière, Marie-Hélène Estienne ; produced by Michel Propper ; directed by Peter Brook.

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The Mahabharata (which can be translated as 'The Poetical History of Humanity') is an epic tale of two sets of cousins: the Pandavas, the five sons of Pandu, the king of Hastinapura, and the Kauravas, the one hundred sons of Pandu's brother, Dhritarashtra. The eldest brother of each set of cousins claims the throne of Hastinapura for himself and a struggle arises between them. At first the kingdom is divided, but, as a result of a rigged gambling match, the eldest of the Pandavas, Yuddhishtira, loses his half, and he and his brothers are forced into exile for thirteen years, after which time they will be given back their kingdom. However, when the eldest of the Kauravas, Duryodhana, refuses to do so the two sets of cousins gather their armies and go to war.

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