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  • Actors: Francesco Da Mosto
  • Producers: Andrea Carnevali
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Jun. 2012
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00757736U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,163 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Shakespeare was in love with Italy. A third of his plays are set in the country. For the Elizabethan playwright, it was the stage on which to explore his greatest themes - love and war, fidelity and betrayal, and above all, politics - and a treasure house of legend and stories that fuelled his imagination. Combining Italian travelogue with revelations about the bard's most famous works, Francesco da Mosto visits the spectacular locations, traces the Italian myths and reveals how a long dead, foreign playwright's imagination continues to influence and shape real Italian cities, even now. Francesco reveals the debt Shakespeare owes to Italian theatre and explores how Italy acted as a cloak for Shakespeare’s most dangerous observations about Elizabethan London.

Taking in Verona, Venice and Rome, the programme explores some of Shakespeare’s most well known plays including Romeo and Juliet, Antony and Cleopatra, Othello and Julius Caesar. Meeting historians, actors, and exploring the brilliant locations that pepper Shakespeare’s plays, this series offers an unexpected slant on some of the best known stage creations.

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If you liked the previous Francesco da Mosto series, you won't be able to resist this one... And you certainly shouldn't!
This is a fresh and intriguing new take of the bard, as the Venetian historian explores Shakespeare's fascination with Italy and his connection to this country.
The local stories and legends which inspired his most famous plays (a third of them are set in Italy and many others drew from Italian sources and used Italian characters).
Da Mosto highlights some of those Italian links which might even suggest that Shakespeare could have travelled to Italy, and the insane theory that Shakespeare could have been Italian himself (though, that is so far-fetched that it's obviously treated as a joke).

Italy once again comes across as possibly the most beautiful country in the world and the cinematography in the series make it look even more gorgeous and more romantic than it already is. Venice, Padua, Verona, Florence, Rome, Naples, Messina are just some of the places he visited (all of which are now on my check list of places to go to!).

Accompanied by an evocative score, this is a charming, insightful and yet light-hearted new look at Shakespeare's work.

Da Mosto, with his soothing voice and kind manners, is engaging as ever and has enough twinkle in his eyes to leave a smile on your face throughout the entire series.

Emma Thompson, Mark Rylance, Ciaran Hinds, Samuel Barnet and Susannah Fielding all make an appearance, contributing with readings from the most famous Italian plays.
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I was absolutely enthralled with Francesco da Mosto's production and his information on this DVD. I have purchased all of this gentleman's DVD's and each one of them is an absolute masterpiece as he knows his history and he works hard towards bringing the viewer into full understanding of each of his travelogues. This man is so charismatic and so pleasant to watch, that I recommend anyone who is interested in Italy, Venice or the Mediterranean regions, please definitely do not hesitate to purchase his DVD's as they are worth the price as you too will be thrilled by the magnificent scenery and the travelogues that go with them.

If you are a Shakespeare enthusiast you will learn so much more from this particular DVD and you will be surprised at the contents and even Mr.Shakespeare's heritage---yes--- 'heritage' as he spent possibly 7 years in Italy and possibly was born in Italy, or so they say---but don't take my word for it, buy the DVD and watch it, as it all makes sense.

I will buy as many DVD productions by this man is willing to make......
Thank you Amazon for giving me the chance of discovering Francesco da Mosto and his travels.
Sophia Bastas
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Having seen a number of other discs produced by Francesco Da Mosto ( 'Italy top to toe' and 'Venice'), and finding his charm and depth of understanding most engaging, I looked forward to this one. Having a fair grasp of the history of Shakespeare I found his suggestions of an extended stay in Italy by the playwright a little far fetched! As a lover of Shakespeare's work, I thoroughly enjoyed the wonderful physical backdrop provided by Da Mosto, as well as his broad scholarship and historical understanding of the Elizabethan Age. Certainly this is worth watching, but perhaps not in the same league as the other two discs that I have seen
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After ‘Francesco’s Venice’, ‘Francesco’s Italy’, and his Mediterranean voyage, Signor da Mosto looks now in two hour-long episodes at the relationship between Shakespeare and Italy. (Incidentally, we are still waiting for ‘Francesco’s Britain’.) It’s all a light-hearted adventure as he travels from top to toe in his signature red Alfa Romeo, but there is also much to learn and plenty to see along the way, such as Petrarch’s home – even Shakespeare’s birthplace in … Sicily!

The first episode is entitled ‘The Land of Love’. Francesco claims that Shakespeare set more than a third of his plays in Italy, where “Our Italian cities were like exotic stage sets.” He starts, of course, in his native Venice before moving on to Padua (‘The Taming of the Shrew’), Bassano (for the dark lady of the Sonnets), Verona (‘Romeo & Juliet’), and Sicily (‘Much Ado about Nothing’), before finally returning to Venice for ‘Othello’.

The second episode – ‘Land of Fortune’ – explores the world of Shakespearian politics and ideas. Thus we have ‘The Merchant of Venice’, ‘Julius Caesar’ and ‘Antony & Cleopatra’ (both Rome), and ‘The Tempest’ (Naples). Along the way we explore Machiavelli in Florence, and Francesco also links Shakespeare’s plays to events in contemporary England, such as ‘Julius Caesar’ being used as an analogy of Elizabethan government, and ‘Antony & Cleopatra’ (where Octavius is actually the centre of the play) having something to say about the Gunpowder Plot of 1605. Plays not explored include ‘Titus Andronicus’ nor ‘Coriolanus’: there are no doubt others.
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