Love's Labour's Lost

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Overview

Actor/director Kenneth Branagh sets his screen version of Shakespeare's play in the 1930s, adding such classic songs as "They Can't Take That Away From Me," "The Way You Look Tonight," and "Let's Face the Music and Dance," and staging it in the manner of a Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers musical. The King of Navarre Allesandro Nivola and three of his noblemen Branagh, Matthew Lillard, and Adrien Lester have decided that they're wasting their time chasing women. They swear a solemn oath to spend the next three years ...
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Overview

Actor/director Kenneth Branagh sets his screen version of Shakespeare's play in the 1930s, adding such classic songs as "They Can't Take That Away From Me," "The Way You Look Tonight," and "Let's Face the Music and Dance," and staging it in the manner of a Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers musical. The King of Navarre Allesandro Nivola and three of his noblemen Branagh, Matthew Lillard, and Adrien Lester have decided that they're wasting their time chasing women. They swear a solemn oath to spend the next three years avoiding the pitfalls of romance and improving their minds. No sooner have they made this agreement than they meet a French princess Alicia Silverstone and her three handmaidens Natascha McElhone, Carmen Ejogo, and Emily Mortimer. The pledge is forgotten and the chase is on. Love's Labour's Lost also features Nathan Lane, Timothy Spall, and Paul Whitehouse.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/5/2001
  • UPC: 786936146844
  • Original Release: 2000
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  • Source: Walt Disney Video
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alessandro Nivola The King of Navarre
Alicia Silverstone Princess of France
Natascha McElhone Rosaline
Kenneth Branagh Berowne
Carmen Ejogo Maria
Matthew Lillard Longaville
Adrian Lester Dumaine
Emily Mortimer Katherine
Richard Briers Nathaniel
Geraldine McEwan Holofernia
Stefania Rocca Jaquenetta
Jimmy Yuill Dull
Nathan Lane Costard
Timothy Spall Don Armado
Anthony O'Donnell Moth
Richard Clifford Boyet
Technical Credits
Kenneth Branagh Director, Producer, Screenwriter
David Barron Producer
Andrea Calderwood Associate Producer
Patrick Doyle Score Composer
Guy East Executive Producer
Neil Farrell Editor
David Gilchrist Asst. Director
Peter Glossop Sound/Sound Designer
Nina Gold Casting
Tim Harvey Production Designer
Randi Hiller Casting
Stewart Hopps Choreography
Alexis Lloyd Executive Producer
Simon Moseley Asst. Director
Nigel Sinclair Executive Producer
Alex Thomson Cinematographer
Bob Weinstein Executive Producer
Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    nice piece of work. it was cool how they made it into a musical, especially because the musical numbers related so well to what was going on in the script. nice overall, except i think the princess of france was a bit too squeaky! other than that, nice casting choices!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Hoot!

    Delightfully silly, just as I think the Bard intended. Too bad they allowed Alicia Silverstone to sing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What fun!

    When this arrived from Netflix, we had no idea it was going to be a musical. I'm a big fan of Shakespeare and Branagh, so I was looking forward to another unique and insightful adaptation. My husband and I popped the DVD in during dinner, and when the guys started breaking out into a song, we looked at each other and said, "Oh, no, it's a musical?" However, we gave it a chance and were both hooked by the end of the first number. I love this movie. The 1930's setting works well, and the cast is wonderful - except Alicia Silverstone. That was an unfortunate choice. Let's just say that iambic pentameter is not one of her strong points. She deals with it by squealing a lot. Nathan Lane, fittingly, steals the show whenever he's on- screen. Casting him in the role of Costard, as a traveling vaudeville player, was brilliant. I strongly recommend this film.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    poor casting ruins decent writing and directing

    I am a huge fane of Kenneth Branagh and admire his talent (in directing and acting)and creativity. But as with Much Ado About Nothing (a much better movie), he misses with some of his casting choices. Alicia Silverstone's abysmally bad performance, along with the lack of chemistry between 2 of the four couples takes too much away from what could be a great film.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    You too can enjoy Shakespeare!

    Delightful musical romp through the pages of a Shakespearian play. The 1930's style adaption well suits it,and the music is just great. Improves upon repeated viewings. If you like musical comedies,good music and good performances-you should enjoy this film.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very Catchy!

    This was a very good adaptation of Shakespeare novel! The whole cast shines especially Alicia Silverstone. The Plot is about the King and his 3 male friends make an oath that no woman should be aloud in their court for 3 years!.... Well that's until the princess of France comes with her 3 maid friends. You will enjoy this movie if you like comedic musicals!

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    Posted March 18, 2010

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