The Mahabharata

The Mahabharata


The Mahabharata is at the very heart of Indian culture – in religion, myth and legend. One of the oldest stories in the world, with the first known written versions dating back to the fifth century BC, it is also the longest poem ever written – at more than one hundred thousand stanzas long it is fifteen times the length of the Bible. Long-time collaborators director Peter Brook and screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrire created the three separate plays that comprise this version of the epic, producing a globally successful nine-hour stage production, a three-hour TV version. The central story is of the lifelong feud between the Pandavas and the Kauravas, two closely related regal families, but the many subplots, diversions, fables and legends turn this mythological epic into a story of and for all mankind.

Special Features

- 24-page booklet with introductory and explanatory text written by Brook and Carrire
- Biographies and full production credits

Technical Specs

Director: Peter Brook
Year: 1989
Country: France
Language: English
Duration: 318 min
Colour: Colour
Certificate: U