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As You Like It (1936)

Not Rated | | Drama, Comedy, Romance | 8 January 1937 (USA)
A Duke usurps his brother's land and power, banishing him and his entourage into the forest of Arden. The banished Duke's daughter, Rosalind, remains with her cousin Celia. She has fallen ... See full summary »

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Paul Czinner

Writers:

J.M. Barrie (treatment), Robert Cullen (scenario) (as R.J. Cullen) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elisabeth Bergner ... Rosalind
Laurence Olivier ... Orlando
Sophie Stewart Sophie Stewart ... Celia
Henry Ainley ... Exiled Duke
Leon Quartermaine Leon Quartermaine ... Jacques
Felix Aylmer ... Duke Frederick
Stuart Robertson Stuart Robertson ... Amiens
Austin Trevor ... Le Beau
Lionel Braham ... Charles - the Wrestler
John Laurie ... Oliver
J. Fisher White J. Fisher White ... Adam (as Fisher White)
Mackenzie Ward ... Touchstone
Aubrey Mather ... Corin
Richard Ainley ... Sylvius
Peter Bull ... William
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Storyline

A Duke usurps his brother's land and power, banishing him and his entourage into the forest of Arden. The banished Duke's daughter, Rosalind, remains with her cousin Celia. She has fallen in love with Orlando, but he has his own tyrannical brother with whom to contend, so he joins those in the forest. Rosalind, now banished, disguises herself as a young man, with Celia as her servant, and follows Orlando into the forest. There, nature stirs love's fires in various rustics as well as in those from the court. Phebe, a shepherdess loved by Silvius, is smitten with the disguised Rosalind. Can true love find a way, and can brothers be reconciled and harmony restored? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Today's most lauded and applauded star... (1949 re-release) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 January 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ahogy tetszik See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Inter-Allied See more »
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Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Little is known about the first performance (circa 1599), but tradition has it that William Shakespeare had the part of "Adam". The play was rarely performed thereafter for more than one hundred years. See more »

Quotes

Jacques: 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...
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Alternate Versions

Different prints have conflicting credits. For the 1936 U.S. version, Robert Cullen is credited (as R.J. Cullen) for production manager and scenario, but for the 1949 re-release, he is credited only as production manager, and 'Carl Mayer' is credited with adaptation. Similarly, for the 1936 version, Elisabeth Bergner's name is above the title for the opening credits, but in the 1949 re-release Laurence Olivier's name is above the title (as can be seen from the IMDb poster). See more »

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As They Used to Like It
17 May 2001 | by Bologna KingSee all my reviews

There used to be a thing called the classical method of delivering Shakespearean dialogue. And while this method may help an actor or actress be heard and understood from the back of a theatre when on stage, it is not necessary in a film where artificial amplification is available. Olivier was one of the first to realize this as his gentle, natural, and easily understood delivery of the lines here shows. Leon Quartermaine, as Jaques, is similarly easy to follow, and his rendition of the most famous speech from this play is thoughtful and easy to get along with.

You also get a fair bit of the more pompous formal style. In reviews of other films you may read that modern actors mumble their lines, don't know how to speak Shakespeare and so on. Watch this movie and find out what they wish everyone sounded like.

The costumes, which have a fourteenth century feel to them, are highly unflattering. One feels that the costumes and settings were devised to match people's expectations of what Shakespeare ought to look like. A little imagination would have paid big dividends.

What makes this film really difficult to watch, however, is the most important person in the whole play. As You Like It centres on Rosalind. What possessed the producers to cast for this part a woman who couldn't act, spoke English with an accent so thick you could spread it on toast, has no feel for Shakespeare and doesn't even look good is beyond the comprehension of this mere mortal. Trying to comprehend Elisabeth Bergner is practically impossible. The old-fashioned and unimaginitive approach to the play might be tolerable, but not without a Rosalind.

A new treatment of this play is long overdue.


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