The Mahabharata (1989 film)

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The Mahabharata
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Directed byPeter Brook
Produced byMichel Propper
Sara Geater
Karen Brooks Hopkins
Ronald E. Feiner
Abigail Franklin
Written byPeter Brook
Jean-Claude Carrière
Marie-Hélène Estienne
Based onMahabharata by Vyasa
StarringRobert Langton-Lloyd
Antonin Stahly-Vishwanadan 
Bruce Myers
Vittorio Mezzogiorno
Andrzej Seweryn
Georges Corraface
Music byToshi Tsuchitori
Rabindranath Tagore
CinematographyWilliam Lubtchansky
Edited byNicolas Gaster
Michèle Hollander
Production
company
Distributed by
Release date
  • 28 September 1989 (1989-09-28) (NYFF)
  • 24 January 1990 (1990-01-24) (France)
  • 15 February 1990 (1990-02-15) (United States)
  • 26 December 1990 (1990-12-26) (United Kingdom)
Running time
  • 318 minutes
    (Original release)
  • 171 minutes[1]
    (Theatrical release)
CountryUnited Kingdom
Japan
Denmark
France
Belgium
United States
Australia
Ireland
Iceland
Sweden
Portugal
Norway
Netherlands
Finland
Luxembourg
LanguageEnglish
Box office$334,077 (US)

The Mahabharata is a 1989 war film directed by Peter Brook and written by Brook, Jean-Claude Carrière and Marie-Hélène Estienne. An international co-production of a number of foreign territories, it is an adaptation of the Hindu epic Mahabharata.

Brook's original 1985 stage production was 9 hours long, and toured around the world for four years. It was reduced to a little over 5 hours for television (TV miniseries), and later again to just short 3 hours for theatrical and home media release.

Plot[edit]

In general terms, the story involves epic incidents between two warring families, the Pandavas (representing the good side) and the Kauravas (representing the bad side). Both sides, being the offspring of kings and gods, fight for dominion. They have both been advised by the god Krishna to live in harmony and abstain from the bloody lust for power. Yet their fights come to threaten the very order of the Universe. The plot is framed by a dialogue between the Brahmin sage Vyasa and the Hindu deity Ganesha, and directed towards an unnamed Indian boy who comes to him inquiring about the story of the human race.

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

The production's use of an international cast caused heated intercultural debate.[citation needed]

Awards[edit]

In 1990, the film won the award for Performing Arts of the International Emmy Awards and the Audience Award for Best Feature at the São Paulo International Film Festival.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Mahabharata". British Board of Film Classification. Retrieved 18 May 2019.

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