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Shakespeare in Love: Screenplay (Screenplays) [Paperback]

Marc Norman , Tom Stoppard
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15 Feb 1999 Screenplays
The companion screenplay to the acclaimed Miramax/Universal/Bedford Falls Company Film starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes, Ben Affleck, Geoffrey Rush, Colin Firth, and Dame Judy Dench.It is the summer of 1593, and the rising young star of London's theater scene, Will Shakespeare, faces a scourge like no other: a paralyzing bout of writer's block. The great Elizabethan age of entertainment unfolds around him, but Will is without inspiration, he just can't seem to work up any enthusiasm for his latest play, "Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate's Daughter." What he needs is a muse.She appears when Lady Viola, desperate to become an actor in a time when women are forbidden on stage, disguises herself as a man to audition for Will's play. But the guise slips away as their passion ignites. Now Will's quill again begins to flow, turning love into words, as Viola becomes his real-life Juliet and Romeo finds his reason to exist.

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber (15 Feb 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571201083
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571201082
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 98,487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tom Stoppard has always had an ear for the Bard, stretching back to his surreal and hilarious early plays Rosencrantz and Guildernstein are Dead and Dogg's Hamlet and Cahoots Macbeth. For those who have already seen the film of Shakespeare in Love, this screenplay offers a chance to savour Stoppard's exuberant collaboration with the renowned screenwriter Marc Norman. The result gives us amongst many other things a dog, Hamlet, Kit Marlowe, Elizabeth I and probably one of the best screenplays based around Shakespeare in modern cinema.

The pace of the script, from its opening long shot of London in 1593, to the final shot of Viola (played in the film by Gwyneth Paltrow) walking off into her brave new world, is breathtaking. The verbal fireworks and Shakespearean borrowings are not only worthy of the Bard himself, but perfectly recreate the conditions of the Elizabethan theatre. The jokes and allusions fly thick and fast, often straining the agility of even the most nimble Shakespeare scholar, but at the heart of the screenplay is both a compelling love story and an ingenious perspective on the inspiration behind both Romeo and Juliet and Twelfth Night. A wonderful piece of writing--long may Shakespeare in Love keep the Bard in fashion! --Jerry Brotton

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Tom Stoppard's work includes Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, The Real Inspector Hound, Jumpers, Travesties, Night and Day, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, After Magritte, Dirty Linen, The Real Thing, Hapgood, Arcadia, Indian Ink, The Invention of Love, the trilogy The Coast of Utopia and Rock 'n' Roll. His radio plays include If You're Glad I'll Be Frank, Albert's Bridge, Where Are They Now?, Artist Descending a Staircase, The Dog It Was That Died, In the Native State and Darkside (incorporating Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon). Television work includes Professional Foul, Squaring the Circle and Parade's End. His film credits include Empire of the Sun, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, which he also directed, Shakespeare in Love, Enigma and Anna Karenina.

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1.0 out of 5 stars This is not a screenplay 22 July 2011
By Elspeth
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is not the product it claims to be. For those of us serious about film to want a screenplay, we want to see what was actually written, not a retrospective transcript made from the film by someone who doesn't know how to set out a screenplay properly. We also don't have the voice of the writers here.

I bought this as a screenwriter, who, as part of my work reads scripts to help improve my own craft. There are many giveaways that this is not a professionally written script and it speaks badly of Faber for publishing it as such - there is probably a legal point that thi sis being sold as something it is not.

The type is tiny, the pages cheap, the black and white occasional pictures are of a poor print quality. There's no writer's introduction (which is a giveaway that it's not the real screenplay). And to make matters worse, mine was not sold in the condition advertised.
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5.0 out of 5 stars In Love with Shakespeare 2 Jun 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
"Shakespeare in Love" owns a radiating warmth, a wonderful sense of wit and humour and at the same time draws you into its spell by being breathtakingly romantic. So if you want to read only one book this year, make it this one. The same applies for the movie: Go and watch it and you will definitely fall in love with Shakespeare just as much as I did!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous... 4 May 1999
By A Customer
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 same time - rather like Shakespeare, in fact!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not the real screenplay 10 July 2014
Format:Paperback
From what I can see from the initial pages available on this site, this is an early draft of the script that I have read elsewhere, not the final version as we know it in the film. There are many differences between the two, some minor, some major. The final version begins: "Henslowe, do you know what happens to a man who doesn't pay his debts? His boots catch fire!" That is how the film begins; it is not how this script begins. I found several other discrepancies between the two versions in the first few pages.

This book is not quite what it appears to be. It purports to be the screenplay of the film "Shakespeare in Love" and I'd say about 90% of it is. But there are dozens (literally) of discrepancies throughout the two texts: minor alterations to the wording, speeches added, speeches removed, the positions of speeches and scenes changed. The book is not quite the genuine article, I'm afraid. A pity, because an accurate screenplay of the film would be worth having, but not this, unless you are interested in the evolution of the script.
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