About the film
mythology hinduism dysfunctional family india battle arjuna
Release Date: January 24, 1990
|Production Companies||:||MP Productions, Channel 4 Television, The Brooklyn Academy of Music|
|Producers||:||Michel Propper, Micheline Rozan, Edward Myerson, Rachel Tabori, William Wilkinson|
|Writers||:||Jean-Claude Carrière, Peter Brook, Marie Hélène Estienne|
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.