As You Like It

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Overview

This film version of the famed Shakespearean comedy features Laurence Olivier as Orlando and Elisabeth Bergner as Rosalind. As the story goes, Rosalind, smitten by Orlando and not able to get his attention, disguises herself as a boy to more easily remain in Orlando's vicinity. Eventually Orlando grows to like his new friend and Rosalind is stuck playing a boy with a boy with whom she'd rather be a girl. Confusing? Maybe only Shakespeare could come up with the idea, but director Paul Czinner does a fine job ...
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Overview

This film version of the famed Shakespearean comedy features Laurence Olivier as Orlando and Elisabeth Bergner as Rosalind. As the story goes, Rosalind, smitten by Orlando and not able to get his attention, disguises herself as a boy to more easily remain in Orlando's vicinity. Eventually Orlando grows to like his new friend and Rosalind is stuck playing a boy with a boy with whom she'd rather be a girl. Confusing? Maybe only Shakespeare could come up with the idea, but director Paul Czinner does a fine job executing the concept.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
An early sound adaptation of Shakespeare, As You Like It originally was of interest for the chance to catch Elisabeth Bergner's portrayal of Rosalind, which was much acclaimed on the stage. Nowadays, Like is much more likely to be watched due to the presence of a very young Laurence Olivier in the role of Orlando. It's interesting to watch Olivier, acting Shakespeare in a film over which he did not exercise control and in a role which does not offer the actor the chance to stretch his dramatic prowess to a significant degree. Orlando is a perfectly fine role, with some very nice speeches, but it's not the dominating figure that Olivier and other classical actors yearn to play. His performance is quite good, yet not as good as one wishes; one gets the feeling that the actor isn't totally committed to the character. Bergner is another matter. Some partisans praise her performance and give her exceptionally high marks, but most will find her mannered; most will also find her portrayal of a boy to be unconvincing, to say the least. Still, there is a special quality about Bergner that impels one to watch her, even if one is not "buying" what she is doing. The supporting cast is good, the direction is dull, and the adaptation is fine, even if the parts of Jacques and Touchstone have suffered from too much editing. Jack Cardiff and Hal Rosson provide atmospheric cinematography, although working together seems to have hampered their inventiveness a bit.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/25/2004
  • UPC: 089218625090
  • Original Release: 1936
  • Rating:

  • Source: Alpha Video
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: B&W
  • Time: 1:38:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 33,239

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Henry Ainley Exiled Duke
Felix Aylmer Duke Frederick
Stuart Robertson Amiens
Leon Quartermaine Jacques
Austin Trevor le Beau
Laurence Olivier Orlando
Mackenzie Ward Touchstone
Elisabeth Bergner Rosalind
Sophie Stewart Celia
Lionel Braham Charles
John Laurie Oliver
J. Fisher White Adam
Aubrey Mather Corin
Richard Ainley Sylvius
Peter Bull William
Joan White Phebe
Dorice Fordred Audrey
Technical Credits
Paul Czinner Director, Producer
John Armstrong Costumes/Costume Designer
Teddy Baird Asst. Director
J.M. Barrie Screenwriter
Dallas Bower Asst. Director
Jack Cardiff Cinematographer
Robert J. Cullen Screenwriter
Ninelle de Valois Choreography
David Lean Editor
Lazare Meerson Production Designer, Set Decoration/Design
Harold Hal Rosson Cinematographer
Joseph M. Schenck Producer
Joe Strassner Costumes/Costume Designer
William Walton Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Chapter 1 [17:25]
2. Chapter 2 [14:39]
3. Chapter 3 [15:47]
4. Chapter 4 [16:34]
5. Chapter 5 [16:04]
6. Chapter 6 [15:36]
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I LIKE SHAKESPEARE.

    Dear sir, i am abdallah,a ghanaian,a secondary school student and i have chosen literature as my elective subject i have enjoyed the the reading and i would like to ask to see whether i can get the film version of as you like it.i like it on the v.h.s.i hope that i would be answered. Yours, Abdallah.

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    Posted November 28, 2008

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