George Bernard Shaw on Film

George Bernard Shaw on Film

Major Barbara, Caesar and Cleopatra, Androcles and the Lion

DVD - 2010
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The hugely influential, Nobel Prize winning critic and playwright George Bernard Shaw was notoriously reluctant to allow his writing to be adapted for the cinema. Yet thanks to the persistence of Hungarian producer Gabriel Pascal, Shaw finally agreed to collaborate on a series of screen versions of his witty, socially minded plays.
Publisher: [Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, 2010
ISBN: 9781604652505
1604652500
Characteristics: 3 videodiscs (347 min.) : sd., col. , b&w ; 4 3/4 in

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voisjoe1 May 31, 2013

George Bernard Shaw, one of Britain’s greatest playwrights, believed that you should see his plays live; therefore, he refused for years to allow his plays to be filmed. Luckily for us, he allowed just a few of his plays to be filmed shortly before he died. “Major Barbara,” one of those plays is notable for the continuous dialogues between characters, discussing capitalism, wealth, religion, and charity. Movie audiences are not so used to seeing Socratic dialogues and may be put off by this dialogue, but if you are in the mood for a taste, this movie could be for you. This film, not receiving any film fest prizes as far as I can see, is full of British stars such as Rex Harrison, Deborah Kerr (debut), Robert Newton, Robert Morley and Wendy Hiller. The acting seems to be a little campy at times, but remember, this is dialogue and acting for a play. This film seems appropriate for the 2012 presidential election discussing these issues: Romney (wealth, evangelism, charity and no government programs, if you are unemployed, Blame Yourself); Obama: separation of church and state, government safety net or charity only, hunger of the masses, etc, support for the middle-class.

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