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Kenneth Branagh (adaptation)
William Shakespeare (play)
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Release Date:
1 September 2006 (Italy) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Romance...or something like it.
Plot:
Rosalind, the daughter of Duke Senior (the banished duke), is raised at the court of Duke Frederick... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 1 win See more »
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Branagh imaginatively revitalises another Shakespeare play See more (31 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Directed by
Kenneth Branagh 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Kenneth Branagh  adaptation
William Shakespeare  play

Produced by
Kenneth Branagh .... executive producer
Kenneth Branagh .... producer
Judy Hofflund .... producer
Simon Moseley .... producer
 
Original Music by
Patrick Doyle 
 
Cinematography by
Roger Lanser 
 
Film Editing by
Neil Farrell 
 
Production Design by
Tim Harvey 
 
Art Direction by
Christian Andersson 
 
Set Decoration by
Abi Groves 
 
Costume Design by
Susannah Buxton 
 
Makeup Department
Joan Hills .... additional makeup artist
Joe Hopker .... additional makeup artist (as Jo Hopker)
Susan Howard .... makeup artist (as Sue Howard)
Geraldine Jones .... additional makeup artist (as Gerry Jones)
Katie Lee .... makeup trainee
Richard Muller .... additional make-up
Loulia Sheppard .... hair stylist
Jenny Shircore .... makeup designer
Colin Wyatt .... additional makeup artist
 
Production Management
Alistair Hopkins .... post-production supervisor
Angus More Gordon .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jonny Benson .... third assistant director
Dan John .... second assistant director
Josh Robertson .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Les Benson .... dressing props
Brian Bovingdon .... carpenter
John Butler .... painter
Joe Cassar .... stand-by carpenter
Clive D'Cruze .... stagehand
Gene D'Cruze .... contruction manager
Roger Dawson .... carpenter
Glyn Evans .... painter
Fiona Forsyth .... art department assistant
Peter Graffham .... stand-by rigger
Dan Grixti .... assistant art director
Glyn Hayes .... painter
David Haynes .... chargehand painter
David Haynes .... painter
Michael Law .... carpenter
Terry Law .... carpenter
Ronald Leighton .... carpenter (as Ron Leighton)
Paul Lynford .... carpenter
Steve Macdonald .... stand-by props (as Stephen McDonald)
Danny Margetts .... supervising carpenter
Steve Marquiss .... painter
Maxie McDonald .... property master
Neil Murrum .... dressing props
Roy Sibley .... painter
Steve Sibley .... painter
Darren Sowerby .... carpenter
Brian Stagg .... carpenter
George Stagg .... stagehand
David Stapleton .... painter
Gary Stopps .... carpenter
Danny Thomas .... carpenter
Iain White .... stand-by art director
 
Sound Department
Howard Bargroff .... sound re-recording mixer
Owen Bleasdale .... foley editor
Owen Bleasdale .... foley recordist
Ed Colyer .... sound mixer
Glen Gathard .... sound
Peter Glossop .... sound mixer
Dan Johnson .... sound re-recording mixer
Andrea King .... foley artist
Melissa Lake .... foley artist
Gareth Llewellyn .... adr recordist
Stephane Malenfant .... sound assistant
James McWilliam .... programmer
Shaun Mills .... boom operator
Bernard O'Reilly .... supervising sound editor
Emma Pegram .... adr assistant
Barnaby Smyth .... foley editor
Barnaby Smyth .... foley recordist
David Turner .... sound technical coordinator
David Tyler .... sound
Michele Woods .... supervising dialogue editor
 
Special Effects by
Chris Corbould .... special effects technician
Gail Corbould .... special effects coordinator
Ian Corbould .... special effects technician
Paul Corbould .... special effects supervisor
 
Visual Effects by
John Claude .... digital grader
Stephen Elson .... visual effects producer: Baseblack
Per Karefelt .... research & development support: Baseblack
John Kozak .... research & development support: Baseblack
Donal Nolan .... digital compositor
Chris Panton .... digital compositor: Baseblack
Petra Schwane .... digital compositor: Baseblack
Paul Shore .... digital film supervisor
Val Wardlaw .... visual effects supervisor: Baseblack
 
Stunts
Bruce Cain .... stunt performer
Richard Dwyer .... stunt performer
Richard Hansen .... stunt performer (as Richard Hanson)
Chris Newton .... stunt performer
Trevor Steedman .... stunt coordinator
Arran Topham .... stunt performer
Steve Truglia .... assistant stunt coordinator
Matthew Webster .... stunt performer (as Matt Webster)
Rod Woodruff .... stunt coordinator
Bruce Cain .... stunt double: Brian Blessed (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John Adefarasin .... additional second assistant camera
Ray Bateman .... electrician
Ben Battersby .... focus puller b cam
Mark Binnall .... key grip
Pete Cavaciuti .... Steadicam operator (as Peter Cavaciuti)
Pete Cavaciuti .... camera operator: "b" camera (as Peter Cavaciuti)
Aaron Douglas .... crane operator
Andy Edridge .... grip
Laurence Edwards .... crane operator
Laurence Edwards .... crane technician
Warren Evans .... rigging electric
Brian Greenway .... camera trainee
John Jordan .... additional first assistant camera
Russell Kennedy .... additional second assistant camera
Sean McClory .... focus puller
Julian Morson .... Steadicam operator
Julian Morson .... camera operator: "b" camera
Jennie Paddon .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Gary Parnham .... rigging electrician
Mike Parsons .... electrician
Ken Pettigrew .... gaffer (as Kenny Pettigrew)
John Saunders .... rigging electric
Laurie Sparham .... still photographer
Brian Sullivan .... best boy electric
Tom Taylor .... central loader
Nathan Mann .... daily focus puller (uncredited)
 
Animation Department
Ben Bradley .... digital artist
 
Casting Department
Abigail Barbier .... adr voice casting
Louis Elman .... adr voice casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Barbara Brady .... additional set costumer
Anthony Brookman .... additional set costumer
Verity Cleary .... costume trainee
Andrew Hunt .... additional set costumer
Steve Hyams .... additional set costumer
Caroline McCall .... assistant costume designer
Fiona McCann .... costume supervisor
Faith Thomas .... costume assistant
Jackie Thomas .... additional set costumer
Wyn Vaughan-Humphreys .... set costumer
 
Editorial Department
Greg Barrett .... senior digital grade producer
Stephen Bearman .... film scanner
Rebecca Budds .... digital media coordinator
Steve Farman .... negative cutter
Neil Hurford .... color grader
Andrew Melhuish .... first assistant editor
 
Music Department
Christopher Benstead .... music editor
Lucy Evans .... assistant music producer
Evyen Klean .... music consultant
James McWilliam .... additional orchestrator
Basil Moore .... composer: stock music (as Basil Moore-Asfouri)
Lewis Morison .... assistant to composer
Maggie Rodford .... music producer
James Shearman .... conductor
James Shearman .... orchestrator
 
Transportation Department
Terry Pritchard .... driver: Kenneth Branagh
Terry Pritchard .... transportation captain
 
Other crew
Janine Abery .... assistant production coordinator
Finlay Bradbury .... assistant location manager (as Finlay Pile)
Roisin Carty .... dialogue coach: Bryce Dallas Howard
Emma Dent .... horse mistress
Steve Dent .... horse master
Colin 'Digger' Digby .... armorer
Abigail Doyle .... personal assistant: Patrick Doyle
Sarah Hayward .... script supervisor
Oliver Hazell .... office runner
Dan Hillsdon .... assistant accountant
Sid Hoare .... Japanese consultant
James Hobson .... floor runner
Sarah Hood .... set production assistant
Stuart Hopps .... choreographer
James Keaton .... production runner
CinSyla Key .... production assistant
Paul J. Memmi .... translator
Richard Morrison .... title designer
Clarissa Newman .... production coordinator
Ruth Nicol .... unit nurse
Charlie Reed .... daily floor runner
Megan Roberts .... floor runner
Lara Sargent .... post-production accountant
Shruti Shah .... production accountant
Kerry Smith .... assistant accountant
Neil Swain .... dialect coach: Bryce Dallas Howard
Tamar Thomas .... assistant to director
Clive Trott .... location manager
Roger Wakeman .... armorer
Laura Windebank .... additional floor runner
 

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Rated PG for violence and some sexual material
Runtime:
127 min
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Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | UK:12A | USA:PG
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Filmed in Wakehurst Place a botanical expert from Kew gardens was on hand in order to check the ground to ensure endangered plants were not damaged during filming. Cast and crew literally were told where they could and couldn't step when off footpaths.See more »
Quotes:
Touchstone:The fool doth think he is wise but, the wise man knows himself to be a fool.See more »
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40 out of 49 people found the following review useful.
Branagh imaginatively revitalises another Shakespeare play, 11 July 2007
Author: Cinemasitter from Cambridge, UK

Kenneth Branagh seems to get a fair bit of stick in some places, and I'm never quite sure why. Whether it's because he picks unfashionable projects to direct or star in, or because he comes across as a theatrical English "luvvy", I don't know. But for me, his lonely (almost solitary) championing of modern big screen Shakespeare adaptations has always been cause for celebration. Time and again he has sought to make the bard's literature not only appealing and comprehensible to the audience of today, but also relevant - to show that Shakespeare has always got something to say about society and people. If nothing else, English teachers worldwide must be relieved there are alternatives to showing kids the more archaic Olivier golden oldies.

His latest adaptation, As You Like It, is no exception. For those unfamiliar with the play, it's basically a romantic comedy, with a bit of political drama thrown in for good measure. Here the action is relocated from Middle Ages France to 19th century Japan (stay with me), when the country was being opened up to the West. A small group of Western settlers have more or less set up their own private kingdom here. You can find a detailed plot synopsis elsewhere on the web I'm certain, but I'll try and summarise it anyway: Rosalind (Bryce Dallas Howard) is the daughter of Duke Senior (Brian Blessed, with long white hair), who is usurped by his own treacherous brother, Duke Frederick (Blessed again, with dark hair this time, doing the usurping in a neat wordless sequence). Senior is exiled to the forest with his followers, while Rosalind is forced to remain and keep Frederick's daughter Celia (Romola Garai) company. Frederick becomes paranoid though, and banishes Rosalind as well shortly afterwards. Celia, best friends with Rosalind, decides to accompany her; naturally, both are forced to disguise themselves, which causes complications when the one Rosalind loves, Orlando (David Oyelowo), declares his undying love for her.

Bright, breezy and instantly accessible, Branagh has come up trumps. Staying behind the camera this time out, the cast is led by Bryce Dallas Howard, in a performance that will surely (if there is any justice in the world) attract awards attention. The part of Rosalind is one of the most popular and sought after female roles in all of Shakespeare. She is sweet and kind, but not simpering - she's quite decisive too. She is the dynamic behind the play's actions, and Howard seizes the role with everything she's got. The supporting cast are uniformly excellent too - the legend that is Brian Blessed is always great value, and he does well here in his dual role, particularly the evil Frederick. David Oyelowo is also excellent, while Alfred Molina is very funny in the comic relief role of Touchstone, the court fool. Look out too for Patrick Doyle, the film composer who provides the score here but also performs on screen in the singing role of Amiens.

Obviously the unique spin on this adaptation is the setting. The play is mostly set in the forest of Arden, so nature is a prominent theme throughout. Branagh highlights this by moving the action to pre-20th century Japan, where beauty and peace can be readily found in nature. The film is gorgeous to look at, not only in the forest settings, but also in the 'court' during the first act's coup d'etat - the sets and costumes look brilliant.

I won't try and argue that this is going to be the best film of 2007, because I'm sure that would be nonsense. The film has faults, although some of these might be attributed to the source material (with which I'm not familiar) - one or two characters seem to disappear halfway through, while Duke Frederick's fate is a cop-out even by Shakespeare's standards. But the important thing is that Branagh has made the play very easy to follow, very humorous and also given it a contemporary edge, as well as making an entertaining film in its own right. And for that, he surely deserves a cheer at least.

I urge anyone to seek the film out, whether you're interested in Shakespeare or not, because it is simply great fun. Here's hoping Mr Branagh continues to get his films funded and made.

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