A duke usurps his brother's land and power, banishing him and his retinue into the forest of Arden. The banished duke's daughter, Rosalind, remains with her cousin Celia. She has fallen in ...
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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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A duke usurps his brother's land and power, banishing him and his retinue 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 to contend with, 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 herself smitten with the disguised Rosalind. Can true love find a way, and can brothers be reconciled and harmony restored?Written by
This was Laurence Olivier's first of only two appearances in a Shakespearean theatrical film that he did not direct himself. The second was Othello (1965), in which he played the title role. See more »
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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I don't think it's Elisabeth Bergner's fault that her performance so completely obscures the character of Rosalind. She is the focus and heart of the play, probably the most admirable woman character in all of Shakespeare's plays. But this production turns the role into farce and misses the point that she is a powerful personality. She is a person in control of herself and of the other characters and the plot. Thanks to the "treatment" of the play by J. M. Barrie who appears to have consulted and unfortunately controlled the production we have Peter Pan playing the role. Mr. Barrie did a wonderful thing in creating Peter Pan but it was a dreadful mistake to try to transplant him/her to this play.
The other characters were OK and it is interesting to see Olivier so young. Too bad he didn't have the vehicle he deserved. It might have been a very memorable production.
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