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Shakespeare in Love: A Screenplay Paperback – Feb 1999


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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion (Feb. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786884851
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786884858
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,277,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Completely love the film, love having the screenplay too.

The mistake I made with this copy is that it has the German translation at the bottom of each page!

Using it for studying it's not a disaster, but for me it loses a little of it's novelty value.

All that said, it was completely my fault for not reading the small print in the product description - don't be as silly as me!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
LOVE IS A STORM OF WORDS AND THUNDER 23 May 2000
By Jacques COULARDEAU - Published on Amazon.com
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Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard wrote the screenplay of Shakespeare in Love. The film is marvellous and so powerful that no one can resist that love drama. The story of Romeo and Juliet is itself so frightfully emotional that no one can resist the charm of the tragedy and the pain of the love story. So many artists, in so many genres and arts, have tried themselves at adapting this story, this play, this tragedy to their stages or screens or canvasses, and all have been inspired so deeply by Shakespeare's story that Romeo and Juliet have become a true galaxy of masterpieces and stars. The latest ever produced is Shakespeare in Love and the screenplay is richer, more poignant and freer than the images of the film. The screenplay is enriched with stage directions that are so brilliant, so precious that the text, the dialogue, what is going to become the words of the actors, is enhanced and beautified by them. After a while we don't even know what is the gem and what is the golden bed that carries the gem. The screenplay is by itself a work of art, a masterpiece, and the film, if you watch it again afterwards, finds tremendous new meanings and undeemable finesse in the recollections you may have kept of all those lines that are not said, that are not shown, that are at best translated into images, settings, flying visual impressions that the words of the stage directions anchor in your memory, your heart and your brain with delicate tendrils that cannot break anymore. Any lover of Shakespeare, any lover of literature, any lover of love dramas and hate tragedies must read that screenplay to see how laughter and tears can intermingle in an unbreakable alliance. Dr Jacques COULARDEAU, Universities of Paris, IX and II.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Excellent, of course 17 July 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The movie was so great, and mostly on the strength of it's terrific script, so could this book be anything but a great read? I loved, absolutely LOVED this movie, went to see it four times and I'm eagerly awaiting the release of the video. This is very much worth the read, because there is just such a volume of literary and historical allusions that's its impossible to catch all of them at the theater, especially if you only see it once, since all you end up doing is trying to keep up with the plot, which moves at such excellent speed. Reading the screenplay allows you to catch many of the subtler jokes you may miss even upon repeated viewings. Thank you Shakespeare In Love! You have renewed my belief in the capability of the language of movies to be as meaningful and sublimely beautiful as any found in literature ("Love knows nothing of rank or riverbank! It will spark between a queen and the poor vagabond who plays the king, and their love should be minded by each, for love denied blights the soul we owe to God!") (Viola as Thomas: ....Tell me how you love her, Will. Will: Like a sickness and its cure together. Viola as Thomas: Yes, like rain and sun, like cold and heat. (collecting herself) Is your lady beautiful? Since I have come from the country I have not seen her close. Tell me, is she beautiful? Will: Oh, if I could write the beauty of her eyes! I was born to look in them and know myself. Viola as Thomas: And her lips? Will: Oh Thomas, her lips! The early morning rose would wither on the branch if it could feel envy!") Etc.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Fabulous... 5 Jun. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
...particularly if you are one of those people who think Shakespeare is boring or too difficult (most of us remember the NIGHTMARE of getting through one play at school, right?). Well, kiss boredom goodbye, banish your nightmares and prepare for a TREAT! This is funny, intelligent, fast-paced and heartbreaking, all at the same time - rather like Shakespeare, in fact!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
How does he write so well? . . . It's a mystery! 3 Sept. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Stoppard and Norman have interwoven a screenplay worthy of it's phenomenal acclaim. It was easily the finest and wittiest montage of iambic pentametre, puns, and one-liners I have ever experienced . . . especially on screen. Bravo once again to one of the finest dramatists of this century! Believe me, like the show, I could . . .GO ON!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
If you read one book a year, be sure to make it this one! 14 May 1999
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Never before have I read a screenplay that was so full of life, warmth and radiating humour. The overall impact of this book can possibly only be overrated by the movie itself due to the wonderful acting of Joseph Fiennes, who fills Shakespeare with new life and meaning. So if you watch only one movie a year, make it this one and be prepared to fall with Shakespeare as much as I did!
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