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The Winter's Tale - BBC Shakespeare Collection [1981]

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  • Actors: Jeremy Kemp, Anna Calder-Marshall, Robert Stephens, Debbie Farrington, Margaret Tyzack
  • Directors: Jane Howell
  • Producers: Jonathan Miller
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Full Screen, Mono
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: BBC Worldwide
  • Run Time: 173 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000KPATRE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,437 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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In 1978, the BBC set itself the task of filming all of William Shakespeare's plays for television. The resulting productions, renowned for their loyalty to the text, utilised the best theatrical and television directors and brought highly praised performances from leading contemporary actors - THE WINTER'S TALE [1981] Leontes, King of Sicilia becomes convinced that his wife, Hermione, is guitly of adultery with his friend Polixenes, the King of Bohemia. He sends his wife to prison and tries to kill his friend - setting in motion a trin of tragic consequences. This stylised production of one of Shakespeare's most haunting and enigmatic late works revels in its intense conlicts. An excellent cast (including Jeremy Kemp as a magnificent Leontes) highlight the tragic intensity and comic grace of the play.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By LincolnshireRose on 6 Jan. 2013
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The winters tale is one of Shakespeares finest works.
It may not seem so at first. But there are many subtle messages being brought over to you the viewer. Basically Leontes becomes suspicous of his wife fidelity. Because of this he orders the death of his friend Polixenes but the courtier asked to do the deed can not bring himself to do as ordered. Leontes then has his wife imprisoned and so starts a tragic train of events.
This is a very fine play, there are laughs, there is intrigue and there are tears.
Although the end is predictable there is a surprise too. If you want Shakespeare at his best but dont want a really heavy play then try this. I certainly recommend it.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Ruth O'D on 6 Dec. 2010
I made the mistake of curling up on a cold Sunday afternoon to watch this unfamiliar play without first checking the running time. An hour and twenty minutes later - when I was half hoping it was drawing to a close - I was dismayed to see "End of Part One" appear on the screen! I spent the second half fidgeting, looking at my watch, and trying to decide when to start making dinner.

This version of The Winters Tale runs to almost three hours, and therefore is really only for true fans of the Bard. As a story, the first half is intense and psychological, a tale of jealousy and revenge, like Macbeth or Othello, though it failed to grip me like either of those. The staging all through is very minimalist, and most of this first half consists of actors talking on an almost bare set. Jeremy Kemp and Robert Stephens did their best as Leontes and Polixenes, but neither were compelling enough to really engage me in the story. I have thoroughly disliked Anna Calder-Marshall any time I have seen her before (as Cordelia in Lear, Cathy in Wuthering Heights, and in an episode of Inspector Morse), but here she was actually quite good, providing a very restrained and dignified Hermione.

The second half had more variety; romance, comedy, drama - and some of the younger actors were impressive. Robin Kermode, as Florizel, looked like Coldplay's Chris Martin, and was a convincing Prince Charming; Perdita (Debbie Farrington) was very pretty and Paul Jesson provided plenty of silliness as the Clown. However, the simple sets meant that it remained very much a play, and failed to really draw me in; even had I been prepared for the 3 hour running length, I would have found it went on too long.
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By Mr. W. G. Fawkes on 3 July 2015
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As a result of buying this I then bought the complete set of Shakespeare's plays. I have now watched and listened to them all twice and have begun a third time round! Great!
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By David on 1 Mar. 2015
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Great purchase
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