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Title The Mahabharata / M.P. Productions presents ; in association with Channel 4 Television Co. Ltd. ; The Brooklyn Academy of Music ; and the assistance of Le Centre National de la Cinématographie ; executive producers, Michael Birkett, Harvey Lichtenstein, Michael Kustow ; screenplay by Peter Brook, Jean-Claude Carrière, Marie-Hélène Estienne ; produced by Michel Propper ; directed by Peter Brook
Published [London] : Channel Four Television Company ; Chatsworth, CA : Distributed by Image Entertainment, [2008]


Location Call no. Vol. Availability
 MELB  792.92 Bro/Mah  AVAILABLE
Description 2 videodiscs (300 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (22 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm)
Contents Special feature: Making the Mahabharata (ca. 55 min.)
Summary The Mahabharata (which can be translated as 'The Poetical History of Humanity') is an epic tale of two sets of cousins: the Pandavas, the five sons of Pandu, the king of Hastinapura, and the Kauravas, the one hundred sons of Pandu's brother, Dhritarashtra. The eldest brother of each set of cousins claims the throne of Hastinapura for himself and a struggle arises between them. At first the kingdom is divided, but, as a result of a rigged gambling match, the eldest of the Pandavas, Yuddhishtira, loses his half, and he and his brothers are forced into exile for thirteen years, after which time they will be given back their kingdom. However, when the eldest of the Kauravas, Duryodhana, refuses to do so the two sets of cousins gather their armies and go to war
Notes Adapted from the play by Jean-Claude Carrière ; based on the RSC/CICT stage production
Booklet contains introductory and explanatory text written by Brook and Carriere, synopses of the three stories and full production credits
Credits Director of photography, William Lubtchansky ; editor, Nicolas Gaster ; music, Toshi Tsuchitori, Djamchid Chemirani, Kudsi Erguner, Kim Menzer, Mahmoud Tabrizi-Zadeh ; songs interpreted by Sarmila Roy ; music produced by Philippe Eidel
Cast Urs Bihler (Dushassana), Ryszard Cieslak (Dhritharashtra), Georges Corraface (Duryodhana), Mamadou Dioumé (Bhima), Miriam Goldschmidt (Kunti), Jeffrey Kissoon (Karna), Sotigui Kouyate (Bhisma), Tuncel Kurtiz (Shakuni), Robert Langdon Lloyd (Vyasa), Vittorio Mezzogiorno (Arjuna), Bruce Myers (Ganesha/Krishna), Yoshi Oida (Drona), Hélène Patarot (Gandhari), Mallika Sarabhai (Draupadi), Andrzej Seweryn (Yudhishthira), Tapa Sudana (Pandu/Shiva)
Event Originally produced as a television mini-series in 1989
Notes Rated: PG
DVD ; NTSC ; enhanced for 16:9 TVs ; Dolby Digital 2.0 surround; region 2
In English ; optional sub-titles for the hearing impaired
Available for Deakin staff and students only
Subject Krishna (Hindu deity) -- Drama.
SUBJECT Mahābhārata -- Adaptations.
Subject Hinduism -- Sacred books -- Drama.
Epic poetry, Sanskrit -- Film and video adaptations
Genre/Form Feature films.
Video recordings.
Sacred works.
Author Birkett, Michael, 1929-
Lichtenstein, Harvey.
Kustow, Michael.
Brook, Peter, 1925-
Carrière, Jean-Claude, 1931- Mahabharata. English
Estienne, Marie-Hélène.
Propper, Michel.
Bihler, Urs.
Cieślak, Ryszard, 1937-1990.
Corraface, Georges, 1952-
Dioumé, Mamadou.
Goldschmidt, Miriam.
Kissoon, Jeffrey.
Kouyaté, Sotigui.
Kurtiz, Tuncel.
Langdon Lloyd, Robert.
Mezzogiorno, Vittorio, 1941-1994.
Myers, Bruce.
Oida, Yoshi.
Patarot, Hélène.
Sarabhai, Mallika.
Seweryn, Andrzej.
Sudana, Tapa
Lubtchansky, William.
Gaster, Nicolas.
Tsuchitori, Toshiyuki, 1950-
Chemirani, Djamchid.
Erguner, Kudsi.
Menzer, Kim.
Tabrizizadeh, Mahmoud.
Roy, Sarmila.
Eidel, Philippe.
M.P. Productions.
Channel Four (Great Britain)
Royal Shakespeare Company.
Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Centre national de la cinématographie (France)
Centre for International Theatre Creations
Image Entertainment (Firm)
OTHER TI Mahābhārata.