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Love's Labour's Lost (2000)

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An update of the classic Shakespeare story, Director Sir Kenneth Branagh shot this movie like a classic 1930s musical. This movie tells the story of four best friends who swear off love.

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Kenneth Branagh

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William Shakespeare (play), Kenneth Branagh (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alessandro Nivola ... The King (Ferdinand)
Alicia Silverstone ... The Princess
Natascha McElhone ... Rosaline
Kenneth Branagh ... Berowne
Carmen Ejogo ... Maria
Matthew Lillard ... Longaville
Adrian Lester ... Dumaine
Emily Mortimer ... Katherine
Richard Briers ... Sir Nathaniel
Geraldine McEwan ... Holofernia
Stefania Rocca ... Jacquanetta
Jimmy Yuill ... Constable Dull
Nathan Lane ... Costard
Timothy Spall ... Armado
Anthony O'Donnell ... Moth
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Storyline

The King of Navarre and his three companions swear a very public oath to study together and to renounce women for three years. Their honor is immediately put to the test by the arrival of the Princess of France and her three lovely companions. It's love at first sight for all concerned followed by the men's highly entertaining, but hopeless efforts to disguise their feelings. Written by Tender Branson

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A New Spin on the Old Song and Dance See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for sensuality and a brief drug reference | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

31 March 2000 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Peines d'amour perdues See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£143,649 (United Kingdom), 2 April 2000, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,496, 11 June 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$284,291, 9 July 2000
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2.35 : 1
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The film takes place from September 1939 to May 1945. See more »

Goofs

During the tearing of the contract, Berowne mouths Longaville's lines along with him. See more »

Quotes

Longaville: Pray you sir, whose daughters?
Boyet: Their mothers', I have heard.
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Alternate Versions

The UK Region 2 DVD contains 5 deleted scenes:
  • The boys are arguing about the girls and about breaking the vows the made.
  • Moth, Constable Dull, Holofernia, Sir Nathaniel and Costard and discussing what to perform for the king, the princess and their company. They descide upon performing ^Óthe 9 worthies^Ô. Parts of this scene can be seen in the news reels.
  • The third extra scene is an extended version of the scene were the girls are discussing and mocking the gifts they received from the men. The extra parts are extra dialogue for Katherine and Rosaline. Katherine tells the story of a girl who died from melancholly. Rosaline has an extended part of dialogue in which she mocks the men and Berowne specifically.
  • There is a alternative scene for the masked dance scene more true to the story of Shakespeare. The boys dress up as Russians who specially came to visit the girls.
  • The fifth scene is the performance of 'the 9 worthies' by the supporting characters.
  • The UK Region 2 DVD does also contain various outtakes. Some of these were cut (ca. 4 seconds) to maintain the "U" rating.
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There's No Business Like Showbusiness
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Performed by Nathan Lane and chorus
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Who says they don't make films like this anymore?
24 November 2002 | by agoodairSee all my reviews

And yet again Kenneth Branagh does the unthinkable with Shakespeare, and gets away with it! People are far too ready to show undue reverence to Shakespeare's plays, and to deride any attempt to make them more accessible; what they forget is that Shakespeare was writing for the people (not a small cultural elite), thankfully Branagh has understood this. Compare his version of Henry V to the Olivier original, both have their merits, but I feel the Bard would identify more with the more recent version - let's face it, if he was alive now, he'd probably be writing scripts for Eastenders!

In "Love's Labours Lost" Branagh has captured the fun of the play; the updating works (although just barely), and the choice of music is inspirational (kind of a Bard version of "Singing in the Rain", if you can forgive the pun)! Yes, many of the actors had never done this sort of thing before, but you can see they had fun trying!

It seems invidious to single out any performances, but there were a few that stood out; every review I have ever read heaps unstinting praise on Adrian Lester, and they are right to do so. However, let us not forget the incomparable talents of Nathan Lane, the joy of seeing Timothy Spall have a chance to go completely over the top (makes a change from all the Mike Leigh films!) and the sheer radiance of Natascha McElhone, with whom I am now totally besotted! And a special mention for another fine performance from Richard Briers, as Kenneth Branagh helps him prove (yet again) that he is so much more than Tom Good.

Kenneth Branagh is often accused of being a 'luvvy' (an image which he lampooned so well in the recent Harry Potter film, well done Ken!); he's much more than that, he's a genuine original, somebody with a passion for film and theatre and the ability to share that passion with the rest of us. This film is (along with "Amelie") one of my never-failing pick-me-ups; I look forward to whatever he has next in store for us!!!


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