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Love's labour's lost

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Love's labour's lost is a frothy but bitter-sweet comedy about love and romance in which four well-intentioned but misguided young men discover the impossibility of denying the power of true love.

In 1939, the King of Navarre (Alessandro Nivola) and his three best friends swear an oath to give up women for three years whilst devoting themselves to the study of philosophy. One of the terms of their pledge specifically prohibits women from their presence, but the arrival of the Princess of France (Alicia Silverstone) and her three beautiful attendants on a diplomatic visit throws the plan into disarray. Is this a feasible feat for a man of the court? And what of the King? The men begin to pursue their desires unbeknownst to each other, acting in secret and concealing their passions. The mood is broken by the news of the death of the Princess's father and the girls return to France. In the meantime, France has fallen to the Nazis and the men must leave to fight for their countries.

Before they leave, the heartbroken men dedicate their love and promise to remain faithful. The war will test the couples' devotion and therefore decide the fate of their futures together.

Inhabited by a gallery of comic characters, Love's labour's lost is a delightful battle of the sexes enlivened by dance and songs from the great classics of cinema musical comedy. Featuring music from Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and George Gershwin.

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film Shakespeare comedy love romance

Persons of interest

  • Kenneth Branagh .... Berowne
  • Alessandro Nivola .... King Ferdinand of Navarre
  • Alicia Silverstone .... The Princess of France
  • Natascha McElhone .... Rosaline
  • Matthew Lillard .... Longaville
  • Adrian Lester .... Dumaine
  • Timothy Spall .... Don Armado
  • Nathan Lane .... Costard
  • Stefania Rocca .... Jacquanetta
  • Richard Clifford .... Boyet
  • Emily Mortimer .... Katherine
  • Carmen Ejogo .... Maria
  • William Shakespeare .... Playwright
  • Kenneth Branagh .... Screenwriter
  • Kenneth Branagh .... Director

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93 minutes (1:33 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: Undated 2001

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