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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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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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Dolby Digital

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Color (Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The actors and actresses did their own singing. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

The Princess: All pride is willing pride, and yours is so.
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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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References Shall We Dance (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

I've Got A Crush On You
Music by George Gershwin and lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Performed by Alessandro Nivola, Matthew Lillard and Adrian Lester
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Charming throwback to 1930s musicals
5 April 2000 | by CinemasitterSee all my reviews

Thanks heaven for Kenneth Branagh; without him, cinema would be far less interesting and rewarding. His adaptations of Shakespeare will undoubtedly be his lasting contribution to the history of film, and this is no exception.

Having never read the play, I was quite pleased that Love's Labour's Lost was as easy to follow as it was. This has a fair amount in common with Branagh's earlier Much Ado About Nothing; mainly the highs, lows and plain ridiculousness of love. That film also featured Hollywood star casting (Keanu Reeves among others), but like that film, does not suffer from it. Indeed, it only seems to boost the feel-good nature of this film, as the actors joyfully get their collective teeth stuck into some of Shakespeare's wonderful dialogue.

What really makes this a must-see though is how the text is broken up into easily digestible chunks, interspersed with classic musical numbers from the 1930s. I wasn't prepared for how much of a joy it was to see some wonderfully romantic songs (sung pretty well actually) being put to some great dance numbers - Adrian Lester in particular was good. If, like me, you're too young to feel particularly nostalgic towards a time and genre of film that has long since gone, then I urge you to watch this and learn. And if you are old enough to yearn for those days, then do yourself a favour and go see!


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