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Love’s Labour’s Lost

Synopsis
Kenneth Branagh’s production of Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost filmed as a classic 1930s’ musical.
Language
English
Country
France; Great Britain; United States
Medium
Film; Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
2000
Duration
93 mins; 8,421 feet

Credits

Director
Kenneth Branagh
Producer
David Barron; Kenneth Branagh
Cinematographer
Alex Thomson
Writer
William Shakespeare
Screenplay
Kenneth Branagh
Music
Patrick Doyle
Art Direction
Tim Harvey
Choreographer
Stuart Hopps
Cast
Alessandro NivolaFerdinand, King of Navarre
Kenneth BranaghBerowne
Alicia SilverstonePrincess of France
Natascha McElhoneRosaline
Timothy SpallDon Adriano de Armado
Adrian LesterDumaine
Anthony O’DonnellMoth
Carmen EjogoMaria
Daniel HillMonsieur Marcade
Emily MortimerKatherine
Geraldine McEwanHolofernes
Jimmy YuillAnthony Dull
Matthew LillardLongaville
Nathan LaneCostard
Richard BriersNathaniel
Richard CliffordBoyet
Stefania RoccaJaquenetta

Additional Details

Production type
Operas and Musicals
Historical period
1930s
Plays
Love’s Labour’s Lost
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

Notes
Budget $13m. The text was heavily cut, an estimated 25% of Shakespeare remaining.
Figures
$299.792 US Domestic Gross (Box Office Mojo 2000)
Reviews
Crowl, Samuel Shakespeare at the Cineplex: the Kenneth Branagh Era (Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press, 2003), pp. 37-46.

Rosenthal, Daniel. 100 Shakespeare Films (London: BFI, 2007), p. 96 notes ‘The shifts from 1930s lyrics or newsreel commentary back into lofty Elizabethan metaphor are, however, an insuperable problem. By the time you have readjusted the next musical number may be seconds away. Shakespeare is reduced to filler material’.

Production Company

Name

Shakespeare Film Company

Distributor (Sale)

Name

Retail outlets

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