As You Like It
There are a number of pluses to this film adaptation of William Shakespeare's classic play. The early appearance of the young and brilliant Laurence Olivier in the role of Orlando is a harbinger of things to come with Olivier's consumate Henry V and Hamlet. Other actors who make this production great are Leon Quartermaine as Jacques, Henry Ainley as the banished Duke, Felix Aylmer as Duke Frederick, Peter Bull as William, and Aubrey Mather as Corin. The marvelous delivery of the Shakespearean verse is also worth mentioning, particularly Leon Quartermaine's memorable rendition of the famous 'Seven Ages of Man', All the world's a stage and all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances, and one man in his time plays many parts.. and Henry Ainley deliverying the classic lines, Sweet are the uses of adversity, which like the Toad, ugly and venomous, wears yet a precious jewel in his head, and this our life exempt from public haunt finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones and good in every thing. I would not change it. New Upgraded Quality Digital Master | Directed by Paul Czinner | Starring Laurence Olivier, Felix Aylmer, Henry Ainley | B & W | 1936 | 96 min.