Eclipse Series 20: George Bernard Shaw on Film (Major Barbara / Caesar and Cleopatra / Androcles and the Lion) (The Criterion Collection)
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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.
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And then there's "Caesar and Cleopatra" with Claude Raines and Vivien Leigh, both in their prime. The color is jewel-like and set and costumes stunning. There are so many fine British actors in this film: Flora Robson, Stewart Granger, Leo Genn, just to name a few. And Stanley Holloway again in a tiny role.
I haven't seen "Androcles and the Lion" yet. But can't wait.
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