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William Shakespeare's Antony ( Anthony ) & Cleopatra ( plays UK region 2 ) starring Timothy Dalton & Lynn Redgrave :

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  • Actors: Timothy Dalton, Lynn Redgrave, Nichelle Nichols
  • Directors: Lawrence Carra
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Run Time: 183 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B000ZFT5UG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,174 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Region 0 DVD ( plays UK Region 2 ) The play tells of the scandalous affair between the Roman general Antony and the Egyptian queen Cleopatra. Their blind passion which leads to their ultimate downfall and deaths. This is one of the most complex and most challenging of Shakespeare's plays which on the one hand portrays a dark and intimate analysis of "the fatal attraction" and individual sexuality, located in the mysterious and sensuous world of ancient Egypt, and on the other, an analysis of public responsibility and the tragedy which ensues from fatal political division. The issue of the conflict between the private and the public, duty and feeling - the favourite Shakespearean idea originating from his earlier historical plays - has been perfected in Anthony and Cleopatra. This is a timeless literary piece which is endlessly inspiring, not only in terms of dramaturgy, but also in terms of the world we currently live in. The play complimented with carefully constructed costumes and an artist reproduction of the Globe Theatre stage. Apart from the female roles performed by actresses, rather than "boy players " and the modern advantages of artificial lighting, the Elizabethan flavour of Shakespeare's own Globe productions are recaptured by staging them just as they were seen in the 16th century whilst using modern English narrative.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Lysander Athens on 18 May 2010
I chose this DVD as I am studying Shakespeare with the O.U. There are some small omissions from the full original text which may confuse the student reader. The lack of props and set dressing on a single stage, consistent with Elizabethan custom, may make following the location changes of the play difficult for those accustomed to a more fulsome presentation. Timothy Dalton is excellent in the role of Antony, and Lynn Redgrave captures the inconsistency of Cleopatra perfectly. The supporting cast boasts two members of the original Star Trek cast, Nichelle Nichols and Walter Koenig, who both show their ability to adapt to more serious roles well.
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