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Love's Labour's Lost

In this muscial adaptation of Shakespeare's play, the King of Navarre and three of his friends vow to devote the rest of their lives to scholarly study, but they soon find the visit of a beautiful princess (Silverstone) disrupting their plans. Kenneth Branagh simply could not help himself.

June 9 marks the NY/LA release day for Miramax's second Shakespeare release of the summer (Ethan Hawke as Hamlet) Shakespeare in Love did pretty well after all.) Do you have the stomach for it? What if I tell you it's a musical? That it's starring Kenneth Branaugh himself, the saccharine Nathan Lane, and past her prime Alicia Silverstone. This film isn't for the faint-hearted. But if you love this kind of thing, great news. Branagh is planning to MacBeth next!

MPAA Rating: PG (for sensuality and a brief drug reference)

Distributor: Miramax Films

Cast: Kenneth Branagh (Berowne), Nathan Lane (Costard), Alicia Silverstone (Princess), Matthew Lillard (Longaville), Natascha McElhone (Rosaline), Richard Briers (Nathaniel), Richard Clifford (Boyet), Carmen Ejogo (Maria), Daniel Hill (Mercade), Adrien Lester (Dumaine), Geraldine McEwan (Holfernes), Allesandro Nivola (King), Tony O'Donnell (Moth), Paul Whitehouse (Don Armado), Jimmy Yuill (Dull)

Director: Kenneth Branagh

Screenwriter: Kenneth Branagh, William Shakespeare

Music: The music used in this film is by such 20th century masters as Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, and Jerome Kern.


Reviews

Salon
"His new musical version of Love's Labour's Lost is flawed, but Kenneth Branagh remains our greatest living interpreter of Shakespeare."

New York Times
" Mr. Branagh has assembled a troupe of game, eager young stars, including Matthew Lillard, the gangly creepshow heartthrob from the Scream pictures, and Alicia Silverstone, the Bel Air Jane Austen heroine of Clueless, and sent them wobblingly forth to belt out show tunes, declaim pentameter and assay the leaps and twirls of Stuart Hopps's mercifully simplified choreography."

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