Great Performances (1990)





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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.
Art House & International , Classics , Drama , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Bruce Myers
as Ganesha/Krishna
Andrzej Seweryn
as Yudhishthira
Georges Corraface
as Duryodhana
Mallika Sarabhai
as Draupadi
Ryszard Cieslak
as Dhritharashtra
Helene Patarot
as Gandhari
Urs Bihler
as Dushassana
Yoshi Oida
as Drona
Sotigui Kouyaté
as Parashurama
Tapa Sudana
as Pandu/Shiva/Salva
Nolan Himmings
as Abhimanyu
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Critic Reviews for Great Performances

All Critics (4)

One of the great stories of world literature--fifteen times the length of the BIBLE--comes to the screen in a supremely boiled-down CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED format.

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Audience Reviews for Great Performances

My Indian friends consider this enacting of the Indian epic history of mankind's origin to be a little bit campy. But it serves well to illustrate some of the central stories of Indian mythos. If you're curious about the context in which the Bhagavad Gita emerged, who Krishna was in Indian lore, what role dharma plays in our lives, then this dramatization will give you a broad overview. This is a far better yarn than the Ramayana, expertly rendered for the stage by British director Peter Brook.

Christopher Arnold
Christopher Arnold

Along with "I, Claudius", this is one of my favorite minis... it's a fantastic poem of existence, I love it, also.

Dr. AlphonSeuss
Dr. AlphonSeuss

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