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A film by Peter Brook
The Mahabharata is at the very heart of Indian culture - in religion, myth and legend. One of the oldest stories in the world, and certainly considered the longest at over 100,000 stanzas, it has provided fertile ground for artists and their audiences since time immemorial.
Long-time collaborators Peter Brook (director) and Jean-Claude Carrière (screenwriter) created the three separate plays that comprise this version of the epic, producing a globally successful nine-hour stage production, a three-hour TV version and this DVD release, as just over five hours.
The central story is of the lifelong feud between the Pandavas and the Kauravas, two closely related regal families, but the many subplots, diversions, fables and legends turn this mythological epic into a story of and for all mankind,
This double DVD set also includes a booklet with introductory and explanatory text written by Brook and Carrière, as well as synopses of the three stories and full production credits.
USA, UK, France | 1989 | colour | 312 minutes | English language, optional hard-of-hearing subtitles | Original aspect ratio 1.33:1 | Region 2 DVD
Remarkable production with stunning soundtrack. As most know the book in its original form runs to 4 volumes and Penguin does an approachable version at over 900 pages. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Ruan Harding
brilliant adaption would still like to find the tv series done many years ago but that was a mini epic of the real epic but very down to earthPublished 4 months ago by melvyn b fish
This is an excellent production. What can one say about a wonderful piece of art. It may not be everyone's cup of tea. I adore it.Published 6 months ago by David Walker
Saw this on PBS years ago, and had despaired of ever finding it again in the US. Delighted to find the Region 2 DVD in the UK. Excellent drama, beautifully packaged.Published 8 months ago by Howard Mayne
I saw this version of the Mahabharata first in my early twenties on Dutch public TV, broadcast in its entirety in one go (surely only possible before the advent of commercial TV). Read morePublished 10 months ago by Pim Bussink
I fell in love with this film in the mid 90's after discovering it on VHS (3 tapes) in my local library (Orlando, FL in those days). Read morePublished 12 months ago by Sonny Gardner
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