After the overthrowing of Duke Senior by his tyrannical brother, Senior's daughter Rosalind disguises herself as a man and sets out to find her banished father while also counseling her clumsy suitor Orlando in the art of wooing.

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Orlando is forced to work like a servant for his brother Oliver, so he goes to win his fortune in a wrestling contest, where he meets a lady of the court, Rosalind. Rosalind (daughter of the deposed duke) is companion to Celia, niece of the deposed Duke, and when the current duke banishes Rosalind from the kingdom, she, Celia, the court jester (and incidentally Orlando) all end up in the forest or Arden, where the deposed Duke holds court. Romantic mixups, cross-dressing, love poems nailed to trees, and a lion await them all. Written by Kathy Li (revised by Albert Sanchez Moreno)

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The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare: As You Like It  »

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Director Basil Coleman initially felt that the play should be filmed over the course of a year, with the change in seasons from winter to summer marking the ideological change in the characters, but he was forced to shoot entirely in May, even though the play begins in winter. This, in turn, meant the harshness of the forest described in the text was replaced by lush greenery, which was distinctly unthreatening, with the characters' "time in the forest appear[ing] to be more an upscale camping expedition rather than exile." See more »

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Orlando: Only in the world I fill up a place, which may be better supplied when I have made it empty.
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Lovely
14 October 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Seek this one out (my library had it). Helen Mirren is delightful (32 at the time). It's shot on location in Scotland, including a lot of outdoors scenes, many in the woods. I'd be surprised if there is a better version. Certainly not the 1936 Olivier, marred as it is by his wooden co-star.


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