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The Mahabharata

Author: Michel PropperPeter BrookUrs BihlerRyszard CieślakGeorges CorrafaceAll authors
Publisher: [Chatsworth, CA] : Image Entertainment, [200-?]
Edition/Format:   DVD video : NTSC color broadcast system : 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,
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Genre/Form: Adaptations
Drama
Feature films
Film adaptations
Religious films
Television mini-series
Sacred books Drama
Named Person: Krishna, (Hindu deity); Krishna, (Hindu deity)
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Michel Propper; Peter Brook; Urs Bihler; Ryszard Cieślak; Georges Corraface; Mamadou Dioumé; Jean-Claude Carrière; Marie-Hélène Estienne; Toshiyuki Tsuchitori; Channel Four (Great Britain); Brooklyn Academy of Music.; Productions du 3ème étage.; Image Entertainment (Firm)
OCLC Number: 669170981
Notes: Adapted from the play by Jean-Claude Carrière.
Originally released as a television mini-series in 1989.
Special features include bonus documentaries on the making of The Mahabharata.
Credits: Screenplay, Peter Brook, Jean-Claude Carrière, Marie-Hélène Estienne ; 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 (320 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD, NTSC, all region.
Contents: Includes documentary Making the Mahabharata / producer, Colin Wilson (1989) (55 min.).
Other Titles: Peter Brook's The Mahabharata
Responsibility: Channel Four Television, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Les Productions du 3ème Etage ; 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.

"One of the great masterpieces of world literature, The Mahabharata is a collection of ancient Sanskrit stories composed into the longest poem ever written. Its many fables are at the heart of countless beliefs, legends and teachings which are woven into the fabric of Indian culture. Translated, Mahabharata means 'the great story of mankind'"--Container.

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