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As You Like It [1936]

Director:Paul Czinner
Writer:William Shakespeare
Composer:William Walton
Length:96 minutes
(1 hour 36 minutes)
MPAA Rating:UR
Sorting Category:Drama
IMDB Rating:6.1/10
Amazon Rating:1.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: A duke usurps his brother's land and power, banishing him and his retinue into the forest of Arden. The banished duke's daughter, Rosalind, remains with her cousin Celia.

Reaction: Well made production, but you need to be able to follow and understand the Shakespearean dialog, so I admit it may not be for everyone.

Personal Rating: 7/10

Paul Czinner => Director
William Shakespeare => Writer / Play
William Walton => Composer
J.M. Barrie => Treatment
Aubrey Mather => Corin
Austin Trevor => Le Beau
Dorice Fordred => Audrey
Elisabeth Bergner => Rosalind
Felix Aylmer => Duke Frederick
Henry Ainley => Exiled Duke
J. Fisher White => Adam (as Fisher White)
Joan White => Phoebe
John Laurie => Oliver
Laurence Olivier => Orlando
Leon Quartermaine => Jacques
Lionel Braham => Charles, the Wrestler
Mackenzie Ward => Touchstone
Moore Marriott => Denis (uncredited)
Muriel Johnston => Hisperia (uncredited)
Peter Bull => William
Richard Ainley => Sylvius
Sophie Stewart => Celia
Stuart Robertson => Amiens

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • The first film of Peter Bull.
  • Last on-screen appearance of Henry Ainley.
  • Laurence Olivier trained with professional wrestlers for the wrestling scenes and did his filming during the day while he was playing on stage in Romeo and Juliet at night.
  • The movie script omits about one-third of the play, but added nothing on its own.
  • The play was an adaptation of the 1590 novel Rosalynde, Euphues' Golden Legacie, by [?] Thomas Lodge, who has been credited with giving William Shakespeare the title for his play.
  • Little is known about the first performance (ca 1599), but tradition has it that William Shakespeare himself had the part of "Adam". The play was rarely performed thereafter for more than 100 years.
  • Elisabeth Bergner played "Rosalind" in Germany but left in 1933 when Adolf Hitler came to power. She said she would not play the role in English until she perfected her English accent. However, many reviewers complained that her German accent was still very prominent.
  • This was the first onscreen appearance by Laurence Olivier in a Shakespearean work.