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Love's Labour's Lost (2000)

An update of the classic Shakespeare story, director Kenneth Branagh shot this movie like a classic 30s musical. The film tells the story of four best friends who swear off love.

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The King of Navarre and his three companions swear a very public oath to study together and to renounce women for three years. Their honour is immediately put to the test by the arrival of the Princess of France and her three lovely companions. It's love at first sight for all concerned followed by the men's highly entertaining but hopeless efforts to disguise their feelings. Written by Tender Branson

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Rated PG for sensuality and a brief drug reference | See all certifications »

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31 March 2000 (UK)  »

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Peines d'amour perdues  »

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$13,000,000 (estimated)

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£143,649 (UK) (31 March 2000)

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$284,291 (USA) (7 July 2000)
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The actors were required to undergo a three week boot camp where they were exhaustively trained in singing and dancing. See more »

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During the tearing of the contract, Berowne mouths Longaville's lines along with him. See more »

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Boyet: If my observation, which very seldom lies by the heart's still rhetoric disclosed with eyes, deceived me not now, Navarre is infected.
The Princess: With what?
Boyet: With that which we lovers entitle affected.
The Princess: Your reason?
Boyet: His face's own margin did quote such amazes that all eyes saw his eyes enchanted with gazes. I'll give you Aquitaine, and all that is his, an you give him for my sake but one loving kiss.
The Princess: Come, to our pavilion. Boyet is disposed.
Boyet: But to speak that in words which his eyes hath disclosed. I only ...
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References Annie Hall (1977) See more »

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No Strings (I'm Fancy Free)
by Irving Berlin
Performed by Alicia Silverstone, Natascha McElhone, Emily Mortimer and Carmen Ejogo
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In anticipation of Kenneth Branagh's adaptation of Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost
11 June 2000 | by (sf, usa) – See all my reviews

And it's a musical, with songs/tunes by Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin, with film score, once again, by Patrick Doyle, the wonderful original music composer for the 1993 "Much Ado About Nothing" (which was infectious, easy to comprehend, and sweeps you away by the sheer joyful production and performances led by director Kenneth Branagh, who adapted Shakespeare's poetry for all long before "Shakespeare in Love" became an instant popular success.)

I don't often do this: buying a film's soundtrack before I see the film. The trailers, the Charlie Rose interview with Kenneth Branagh, Alicia Silverstone and Nathan Lane, simply propelled me to pick up a CD copy of the truly infectious music. The excitement of first seeing the poster outside the cinema -- WOW! a musical's coming! The fascination of first seeing the film being introduced among the trailers with intro words: "Stanley Donen and Martin Scorsese present" on screen -- that's already a definite influence on me. I have not seen Donen's name for quite a while, and his name certainly associates with quality musical and wonderful movie experience guaranteed; the same with Scorsese's name -- sounds like a MUST for sure. The music and dance presented in the trailer is exhilarating!

The soundtrack is truly no disappointment: it's irresistible! It brings back memories of the wonderful MGM musicals and the grandness of it all. It's too marvelous for words! Branagh's effort of having the cast singing and dancing along with him reminds me of a similar effort of Woody Allen's 1997 "Everyone Says I Love You", when everyone in the cast danced, and sang (except one) -- here in Love's Labour's Lost, everyone sounded well in tune and professional. It's rare we get to have a musical these days, let alone a superb one. If you like musical, and a bonus if you appreciate Branagh and Doyle's collaborations, get the soundtrack of Love's Labour's Lost and immerse in the melodies and magic of it all. Bewitched you shall: "'heaven. I'm in heaven…" you'll be singing along. Definitely go enjoy Branagh's "Love's Labour's Lost"!


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