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As You Like It (1936)

Synopsis
Feature film. Great Britain’s first feature-length Shakespeare sound film and Laurence Olivier’s first screen performance in a Shakespeare play. An energetic production set in an elaborate studio forest with real livestock. The film’s scenarist, J.M. Barrie, informed Elisabeth Bergner’s overly studied, acrobatic and Peter Pan-inspired Rosalind.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Film
Technical information
Black-and-white / Sound
Year of release
1936
Notes
DVD released for sale in the UK in 2007. Different prints show different credits. In the 1936 US version Robert Cullen (as R.J. Cullen) is credited as production manager and scenarist. In the 1949 re-release he is credited only as production manager and Carl Mayer with the adaptation. Similarly for the 1936 version, Elisabeth Bergner’s name is above the title for the opening credits; in the 1949 re-release Laurence Olivier’s name is above the title.

The BFI National Archive, London holds a 35mm master and viewing print.

The Birmingham Shakespeare Library holds a typescript.

Budget $1m
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)
Related items
First Television Broadacst: Demonstration at Radio Show

Credits

Director
Paul Czinner
Cinematographer
Harold Rosson; Jack Cardiff
Writer
J.M. Barrie; William Shakespeare
Music
William Walton
Costume
Joe Strassner; John Armstrong (2)
Cast
Aubrey Mather 
Austin Trevor 
Dorice Fordred 
Elizabeth Bergner 
Felix Aylmer 
Henry Ainley 
J. Fisher White 
Joan White 
John Laurie 
Laurence Olivier 
Leon Quartermaine 
Lionel Braham 
Mackenzie Ward 
Peter Bull 
Richard Ainley 
Sophie Stewart 

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£9.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
98 minutes
Year
2007

Archive

Name

BFI National Archive

Web
http://www.bfi.org.uk/archive-collections/searching-access-collections/research-viewing-services External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7255 1444
Fax
020 7436 0165
Address
21 Stephen Street
London
W1T 1LN
Name

Folger Shakespeare Library

Email
reference@folger.edu
Web
http://www.folger.edu External site opens in new window
Phone
(202) 544 4600
Fax
(202) 544 4623
Address
201 East Capitol Street, SE
Washington
DC 20003
USA

Distributor

Name

Simply Media

Contact
Laura Smith
Email
info@simplyhe.co.uk
Web
http://www.simplyhe.co.uk/ External site opens in new window
Phone
0870 429 2775
Fax
0870 429 2477
Address
1st Floor
Bentima House
168-172 Old Street
London
EC1V 9BP
Notes
Formerly known as DD Home Entertainment or DDHE

Distributor (Sale)

 

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