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This, in turn, meant the harshness of the forest described in the text was replaced by lush greenery, which was distinctly unthreatening, with the characters' "time in the forest appear[ing] to be more an upscale camping expedition rather than exile."Set in a modern, urban, environment. It is filmed at Shepperton Film Studios and at the never-before-filmed gardens of Wakehurst Place. The film tells the story of a Bengali merchant from Kolkata and his servant who visit a small town for a business appointment, but, whilst there, are mistaken for a pair of locals, leading to much confusion.It is based on an 1869 play by Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, which is itself based on The Comedy of Errors.Videotaped as part of PBS's Great Performances series at Lincoln Center, New York City, this production starring The Flying Karamazov Brothers combined Shakespeare with slapstick comedy, acrobatics and juggling on the basis that "in Ephesus, you juggle or die!" with Shakespeare himself taking part in the action.So, take a stroll down memory lane to remember all of our past Word of the Year selections.Olivier's first performance of Shakespeare on screen.
Additionally, this musical's lyrics are largely based on Shakespeare's original text.For the background of exterior shots, he used a miniature Tudor village built of plasticine.Austrian-born director Max Reinhardt did not speak English at the time of the film's production.The film marked the screen debut of Matheson Lang who went on to become one of the leading British actors of the 1920s.
The play was translated into Māori in 1945 by Pei Te Hurinui Jones, and his translation is used for the film.Jones originally wanted to shoot the episode in Stratford-upon-Avon but was restricted to a studio setting.Determined that the production be as realistic as possible, he had designer Dom Homfray base the set on real Tudor houses associated with Shakespeare: Falstaff's room is based on the home of Mary Arden (Shakespeare's mother) in Wilmcote, and the wives' houses are based on the house of Shakespeare's daughter Susanna, and her husband, John Hall.The film made use of Felix Mendelssohn's incidental music for an 1843 stage production (including the famous Wedding March), alongside operatic works from Giuseppe Verdi, Gaetano Donizetti, Vincenzo Bellini, Gioacchino Rossini and Pietro Mascagni.