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The Mahabharata (1989)
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The Mahabharata (1989)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Belgium, Australia, USA, Sweden, Portugal, Norway, Netherlands, Japan, Ireland, Iceland, Finland, Denmark, UK, France, Luxembourg
Duration: 318 min.
TV show
Story: One of the great masterpieces of world literature comes to vivid life in an elaborate production from acclaimed theater and film innovator Peter Brook. This collection of ancient Sanskrit stories (composed into the longest book ever written) comprises a series of enlightened fables at the heart of countless beliefs, legends, and teachings; indeed, its very title means "the great story of mankind." Brook and writer Jean-Claude Carriere worked for eight years to develop this epic concerning two sides of a royal family, the Pandavas and the Kauravas, whose struggle leads to a fascinating voyage of emotions, passion and vision of glory. Briefly, the Mahabharata is a tale of two rival sets of brothers, cousins to eachother, each born into royalty and with divinely guided paths in life. The result, however, is a great war, death, destruction - a vast epic.
Style: epic, exciting, atmospheric, serious, captivating, realistic, stylized
Plot: battles, legends and myths, mythology, battle, heroes, society, human nature, heroic mission, escapades, rivalry, family feud, state affairs, unfulfillment, uninhibited rivalry, dysfunctional family, religion, massacre, dead boy, hinduism, war
Time: ancient history
Place: india, asia

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