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The hugely influential Nobel Prize–winning critic and playwright George Bernard Shaw was notoriously reluctant to allow his writing to be adapted for the cinema. Yet thanks to the persistence of Hungarian producer Gabriel Pascal, Shaw finally agreed to collaborate on a series of screen versions of his witty, social-minded plays, starting with the Oscar-winning Pygmalion. The three other films that resulted from this famed alliance, Major Barbara, Caesar and Cleopatra, and Androcles and the Lion, long overshadowed by Pygmalion, are gathered here for the first time on DVD. These clever, handsomely mounted entertainments star such luminaries of the big screen as Vivien Leigh, Claude Rains, Wendy Hiller, and Rex Harrison.
Major Barbara has 15 minutes of Shaw's. anacharistic dialogue expunged and plays tighter for it.All in all I find Shaw a little passé these days but the transfers are good. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Mort Peacock
It must be so difficult to bring these old films up to the standards we expect today but the rocess was very good and of course the three plays are excellent . Read morePublished 15 months ago by Richard Turnley
I had been looking for Androcles and the Lion for some time. When I found it as part of a multi-movie disc I figured that I had two other movies I could watch without changing the... Read morePublished on January 29, 2012 by William the Archer