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1 September 2006 (Italy) See more »
Romance...or something like it.
Rosalind, the daughter of Duke Senior (the banished duke), is raised at the court of Duke Frederick... See more » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 1 win See more »
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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
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
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
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
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 .... 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
127 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | UK:12A | USA:PG

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Last of nine films directed by Kenneth Branagh that Richard Briers acted in.See more »
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Touchstone:O sir, call me not fool till heaven hath sent me fortune.
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13 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Over produced and over acted, 22 October 2007
Author: Howard Schumann from Vancouver, B.C.

Seeing As You Like It, William Shakespeare's romantic comedy of mistaken identity brought back memories of an amateur production of the Carousel Theater here in Vancouver many years ago in which my son David played a small role. It was a wonderful presentation that thoroughly captured the genius of Shakespeare's delightful imagination. Unfortunately, the new filmed version by Kenneth Branagh with its big budget and professional cast is not in the least bit as convincing or entertaining. It is miscast, over produced, over acted, and simplistic with its multi-layered plot made easier to follow than Sesame Street.

Set in Japan in the 19th Century after the country was opened to the West as a trading partner, the royalty of England have been reinvented as wealthy merchants living on the Japanese seacoast. Neither the opulent backgrounds nor the conceit of the script, however, has any impact on either understanding or enjoyment of the play and the setting seems to be simply a marketing decision not an artistic one. The film opens with a kabuki scene at the court of Duke Senior (Brian Blessed). His brother Frederick, also played by Blessed with black hair, interrupts the proceedings to forcibly overthrow his brother's dukedom and the elder Duke is banished to the Arden Forest. Orlando, played by the Nigerian born David Oyelowo, and his brother Oliver (Adrian Lester) then proceed to fight over their position in the court.

Oliver, aligned with Frederick, entices his brother to take on a 300-pound sumo wrestler to all but certain doom but, as the script will have it, the underdog prevails in spite of a weight differential of about 150 pounds. In addition to being victorious at sport, he also falls for one of his well-wishers, the attractive Rosalind (Bryce Dallas Howard), daughter of Duke Senior. Fearful of her safety at the court, Rosalind, pretending to be a man and, taking the name of Ganymede from the handsome cup bearer to the Gods in Greek mythology, sneaks out with her cousin Celia (Romola Garai) and the clown Touchstone (Alfred Molina) to seek out her father in the Forest of Arden. Soon they are joined by Orlando who also fears for his life after a fight with his brother Oliver over their inheritance.

Before long, a bunch of other personages wander into the film including a melancholy philosopher named Jaques (Kevin Kline) who is described as "an exiled courtier", a young shepherd Silvius (Alex Wyndham) who pursues his reluctant girlfriend Phebe (Jade Jefferies), and others. Curiously, there are two characters named Jaques and two named Oliver, something that most writers would go to any length to avoid. The play is best noted for the cynical soliloquy chronicling the seven ages of man, "All the world's a stage and all the men and women merely players: They have their exits and their entrances, and one man in his time plays many parts", delivered with properly dour expression by Kline.

It would not be a Shakespearean comedy without some gender confusion and Rosalind, after noticing Orlando's love poems neatly positioned on trees all over their neck of the woods, knows that Orlando loves her. Approaching Orlando in her boy disguise as Ganymede, Rosalind endeavors to teach him the finer points of courtship if he would just pretend that he is a she. She uses her charm to seduce Orlando, but also is drawn reluctantly into a relationship with the shepherdess Phebe. In Elizabethan conventions, this meant that a boy playing the girl Rosalind would dress as a boy and then be wooed by another boy playing Phebe.

Quite naturally, this being a comedy and all, everyone ends up happy, (dramatized in a finale of the utmost silliness by Branagh) except for Jaques who, in character, decides not to return to the court. All the pieces are in place for the film to be successful but there are key elements that work against it. For the play to work at all, Rosalind has to be believable as a young man. If she is not, Orlando looks like a complete fool, and the play is robbed of its intended homoerotic playfulness. In this case, Branagh does not even attempt to have Rosalind look masculine and the scenes with Orlando in which he/she is teaching him how to express his love are unconvincing (unless you read it that Orlando goes along with the ruse and the author is simply making a statement about role playing, the masks people wear (himself?) in life, and the inauthenticity of self).

Rosalind is supposed to be pure, innocent, perhaps a little naïve but definitely virtuous. Howard, however, is very un-maiden like in appearance and manner and lacks any noticeable chemistry with her lover. She tries so hard to put the correct inflections in the words that she robs them of whatever poetry they might have had, conveying the impression that she is trying out eagerly for a grammar school play. This is Branagh's fifth attempt to put Shakespeare on film and I'm sure it won't be his last. After achieving considerable artistic but not financial success with the first three, he has opted in this latest film for less of an artistic statement than an overtly commercial approach. Love's Labours Lost was an unmitigated disaster – scorched by the critics and shunned by audiences. Unfortunately, As You Like It may follow in its path.

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