In 1984, the world is divided into three vast states, whose inhabitants are dominated by all powerful governments.
Winston, a worker, starts an illegal love affair with Julia, and becomes the target of a brain-washing campaign to force him to conform.
For two weeks, 20 male participants are hired to play prisoners and guards in a prison. In a compact ninety minutes, combining snips of animation, cinema verité, quirky characters, situations and dialogue, and a pace that makes most music videos look like they've been filmed in slow motion, three versions of the same story sequence unfold, and each time conclude with a jolting finish that defies convention, and keeps the viewer guessing until the final frame.
The "prisoners" have to follow seemingly mild rules, and the "guards" are told to retain order without using physical violence. This is one of those rare cinematic events that is entertaining, satisfying, and absorbing, as well as flawlessly acted, staged, edited, produced and directed.
It is based on a 1869 play by Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, which is itself based on The Comedy of Errors.
Bhranti Bilas was remade in 1968 as the musical comedy Do Dooni Char, which in turn was later remade as Angoor.
Laurie would go on to co-star with Olivier in the three Shakespearean films that Olivier directed.
In a 2015 retrospective for The Guardian, theatre critic Michael Billington praised Redgrave's performance as having "the ability to give a performance [as Rosalind] that becomes a gold-standard for future generations".
However the man soon becomes involved in a murder mystery, and comes down with a case of amnesia.
Olivier's first performance of Shakespeare on screen.
It was also the final film of stage actors Leon Quartermaine and Henry Ainley, and featured an early screen role for Ainley's son Richard as Sylvius, as well as for John Laurie, who played Orlando's brother Oliver.
Director Basil Coleman initially felt that the play should be filmed over the course of a year, with the change in seasons from winter to summer marking the ideological change in the characters, but he was forced to shoot entirely in May, even though the play begins in winter. wonder is that they bothered to put film in the camera, for sadly this is Shakespeare sans teeth, eyes, taste, sans everything."Branagh moved the play's setting from medieval France to a late 19th century European colony in Japan after the Meiji Restoration.
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.