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Shakespeare in Love [DVD]   [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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One of the most endearing and intelligent romantic comedies of the 1990s, the Oscar-winning Shakespeare in Love is filled with such good will, sunny romance, snappy one-liners and devilish cleverness that it's absolutely irresistible. With tongue placed firmly in cheek, at its outset the film tracks young Will Shakespeare's overwrought battle with writer's block and the efforts of theatre owner Philip Henslowe (Geoffrey Rush, in rare form) to stage Will's latest comedy, Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate's Daughter. Jokey comedy, though, soon takes a backseat to ravishing romance when the beautiful Viola De Lesseps (Gwyneth Paltrow) disguises herself as a young man to wangle herself an audition in the all-male cast and wins both the part of Romeo and, after much misunderstanding, the playwright's heart. Soon enough, Will's pirate comedy becomes the beautiful, tragic Romeo and Juliet, reflecting the agony and ecstasy of Will and Viola's romance--he's married and she's set to marry the slimy Lord Wessex (Colin Firth).
The way that Oscar-winning screenwriters Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard enfold their story within the parameters of Romeo and Juliet (and even Twelfth Night) is nothing short of brilliant--it would take a Shakespearean scholar to dissect the innumerable parallels, oft-quoted lines, plot developments, and thematic borrowings. And most amazingly, Norman and Stoppard haven't forgotten to entertain their audience in addition to riding a Shakespearean roller coaster, with director John Madden (Mrs. Brown) reigning in his huge ensemble with rollicking energy. Along the way there are small gems to be found, including Judi Dench's eight-minute, Oscar-winning turn as a truly regal Queen Elizabeth, but the key element of Shakespeare in Love's success rests on the milky-white shoulders of its two stars. Fiennes, inexplicably overlooked at Oscar time, is a dashing, heartfelt Will and as for Best Actress winner Paltrow, well, nothing she'd done before could have prepared viewers for how amazing she is here. Breathtakingly beautiful, fiercely intelligent, strong-willed and lovestruck--it's a performance worthy of Shakespeare in more ways than one. By the film's end, you'll be thoroughly won over--and brushing up your Shakespeare with newfound ardour. --Mark Englehart
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on 17 August 2017
Format: Amazon VideoVerified Purchase
Pretty, witty and touching. A good satirical laugh if you've studied Romeo and Juliet and quite informative about how Shakespeare's theatre looked and worked (but, as I warn my students, always remember that IT'S FICTION folks!!!)
on 19 February 2015
Format: DVDVerified Purchase
Replacing VHS tapes, what is not to like?. The mug, a souvenir from Stratford on Avon. I love all the little fun things dotted about the scenes. Wonderful performances from Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes and Geoffrey Rush. This film will remain a favourite for years to come
on 25 February 2014
Format: Blu-rayVerified Purchase
The spirit of drama is in this movie.The greatest dramawriter struggles his way through social barries and mighty stupidity to win fame and the love of the lady who loves his poetry. Not all the way the most difficult task. But the love is won for the moment, the lady is gone leaving the end heart breaking and yet so uplifting.
on 11 May 2013
Format: DVDVerified Purchase
Thought it about time to get a dvd copy rather than the vhs tape version as begining to wear out. Just a feel good film with all sorts going on will they manage to put on the play etc etc. An easy film to watch and enjoy every time even though you know how it going to pan out - you hope that just for once they may get to fulfill their dreams.
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Excellent film. Very fast and amusing. Clever references to stories in the plays.
Brilliantly written and acted. If you know even a little about the works of Shakespeare you will laugh at the subtle jokes.
As a bit of entertainment I found it OK but forget any historical worthiness. To be fair, this sort of film is not really my cup of tea anyway so perhaps I am being a bit unfair.Read more
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