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Viel Lärm um nichts (1964)

Young lovers Hero and Claudio, soon to wed, conspire to get verbal sparring partners and confirmed singles Benedick and Beatrice to wed as well.


Martin Hellberg




Cast overview, first billed only:
Christel Bodenstein ... Beatrice
Rolf Ludwig ... Benedikt
Wilfried Ortmann Wilfried Ortmann ... Don Pedro
Martin Flörchinger Martin Flörchinger ... Leonato
Gerhard Rachold Gerhard Rachold ... Don Juan
Arno Wyzniewski Arno Wyzniewski ... Claudio
Ursula Körbs Ursula Körbs ... Hero
Carl Balhaus Carl Balhaus ... Antonio
Ingrid Michalk Ingrid Michalk ... Margareta
Heidi Ortner Heidi Ortner ... Ursula
Ekkehard Hahn Ekkehard Hahn ... Balthasar
Edwin Marian Edwin Marian ... Borachio
Gerhard Bienert ... Holzapfel
Rudolf Ulrich Rudolf Ulrich ... Schleewein
Fred Delmare ... Wachsoldat Haberkuchen


Young lovers Hero and Claudio, soon to wed, conspire to get verbal sparring partners and confirmed singles Benedick and Beatrice to wed as well.

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A colourful Shakespeare-adaptation
18 June 2004 | by h04440ngSee all my reviews

The GDR film studio "DEFA" was famous for its well-acted classical adaptations of classic novels and plays that stuck very closely to the original as far as plot, dialogues, set decoration and costumes are concerned. "Viel Lärm um Nichts" (Much Ado About Nothing), based on the play by William Shakespeare, is a typical example of that. Although entirely filmed in a studio, the production is a very funny and entertaining adaptation that creates a Shakespearean atmosphere by using contemporary costumes and set decoration. This colourful scenery is the perfect background for the actors, who are giving very good performances, above all Rolf Ludwig, who is able to portray Benedict's development from the mocking bachelor to the loving husband convincingly. Although I generally prefer Kenneth Branagh's adaptation of the play, this film tops it in some parts: for example, the scenes with the stupid men of the guard are far better and funnier here than in the 1992 version. All in all, I strongly recommend this film because it makes you feel as if you were watching a very good stage production. I'm sure that Shakespeare would have liked it.

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23 April 1964 (East Germany) See more »

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Poly kako gia to tipota See more »

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Deutsche Film (DEFA) See more »
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