The Mahabharata

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Overview

Director Peter Brook collaborates with writer Jean-Claude Carriére for this screen adaptation of the epic, 100,000-stanza Sanskrit poem tracing mankind's quest for universal truth as explored through the ongoing conflict between two warring families - the Pandavas and the Kauravas. Originally a nine-hour stage production, the lengthy play was pared down to just over five hours for the screen.
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Overview

Director Peter Brook collaborates with writer Jean-Claude Carriére for this screen adaptation of the epic, 100,000-stanza Sanskrit poem tracing mankind's quest for universal truth as explored through the ongoing conflict between two warring families - the Pandavas and the Kauravas. Originally a nine-hour stage production, the lengthy play was pared down to just over five hours for the screen.
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Special Features

Making The Mahabharata
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Editorial Reviews

Washington Post - Joe Brown
Made in three months for a shockingly low $5 million and filmed on a set colored with spice, smoke and stone, and lit by candles, torches and mist-shrouded moons, The Mahabharata is often gorgeous. Its theatrical artifice allows the viewer's imagination to supply the location vistas, hordes of armies and fields of real battling elephants that [Cecil B.] De Mille might have sprung for.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/25/2008
  • UPC: 014381486223
  • Original Release: 1989
  • Rating:

  • Source: Image Entertainment
  • Time: 2:50:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 18,189

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Langton-Lloyd Vyasa
Antonin Stahly-Vishwanadan Boy
Bruce Myers Ganesha/Krishna
Vittorio Mezzogiorno Arjuna
Andrzej Seweryn Yudhishthira
Georges Corraface Duryodhana
Jean-Paul Denizon Nakula
Mahmoud Tabrizi-Zadeh Sahadeva
Mallika Sarabhai Draupadi
Miriam Goldschmidt Kunti
Ryszard Cieslak Dhritharashtra
Helene Patarot Gandhari
Urs Bihler Dushassana
Jeffrey Kissoon Karna
Yoshi Oida Drona
Sotigui Kouyaté Bishma, Parashurama
Tuncel Kurtiz Shakuni
Tapa Sudana Pandu/Shiva/Salva
Bakary Sangare
Corrine Jaber
Clement Masdongar
Ken Higelin
Joseph Kurian
Myriam Tadesse
Hapsarif Hardjito
Erica-Madri Alexander Hidimbi
Nolan Himmings Abhimanyu
Mamadou Dioume Bhima
Technical Credits
Peter Brook Director, Screenwriter
Michael Birkett Executive Producer
Jean-Claude Carrière Screenwriter
Djamchid Chemirani Score Composer
Pippa Cleator Costumes/Costume Designer
Emmanuel de Chauvigny Art Director
Josée de Luca Makeup
Philippe Eidel Score Composer
Kudsi Erguner Score Composer
Marie-Helene Estienne Screenwriter
Nicolas Gaster Editor
Raul Gomez Art Director
Michael Kustow Executive Producer
Harvey Lichtenstein Executive Producer
William Lubtchansky Cinematographer
Kim Menzer Score Composer
Edward Myerson Co-producer
Chloe Obolensky Production Designer
Michel Propper Producer
Micheline Rozan Co-producer
Rachel Tabori Co-producer
Mahmoud Tabrizi-Zadeh Score Composer
Rabindranath Tagore Score Composer
Toshi Tsuchitori Score Composer
William Wilkinson Co-producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Mahabharata
1. Main Title; A Great Poem [6:19]
2. Beginnings [8:58]
3. Blind Marriage and One Hundred Sons [7:06]
4. The Teacher and the Challenger [6:17]
5. One Bride for Five Brothers [7:43]
6. The Game of Dice [18:11]
7. Exile in the Forest [7:48]
8. A New Life [6:05]
9. The Absolute Weapon [10:00]
10. A New Age and the Coming of War [14:13]
11. "Your Enemies Are Your Brothers" [5:49]
12. Seeking Detachment [7:39]
13. War [8:47]
14. The End of Bhisma [10:03]
15. A Trick of Darkness [8:42]
16. Death [4:02]
17. The Final Battles [17:09]
18. The Toll of War [9:43]
19. The Last Illusion [2:04]
20. End Credits [3:13]
1. Program Start; Great India [9:52]
2. Studying the Mahabharata [5:53]
3. Casting [3:59]
4. Direction [9:54]
5. Stages and Images [7:05]
6. Costumes [2:32]
7. War [3:58]
8. Philosophy and Relevance [10:39]
9. End Credits [:46]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Mahabharata
   Feature Start
   Scene Selections
   Making The Mahabharata
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Absolutely wonderful film, but beware--this is the trunctated TV version

    This is a wonderful work of art by Peter Brook, but this particular DVD edition is the trunctated 3-hour TV version, NOT the full-length, 6-hour version originally released on DVD in, I believe, 2002. Beware! One star for the reissue, five stars for the film, three stars as the average.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Entertaining Mythos

    A deeply powerful story, filmed with hypnotic beauty and poetry, while leaving the solomnly trippy plot largely intact: includes complicated marriages, a woman whose mother is a fish, infinite lengths of yellow silk, demons, giants, ultimate weapons, involuntary sex changes, a talking lake, a dog who is also a god, and other miracles. This might be a good one for anime fans who want to branch out.

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