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Shakespeare In Love 1999

Shakespeare in Love is a brilliantly fictional story behind the creation of one of the most enduring pieces of literature ever written by the most acclaimed writer of all-time...

Starring:
Geoffrey Rush, Tom Wilkinson
Runtime:
2 hours, 3 minutes

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Genres Romance, Comedy
Director John Madden
Starring Geoffrey Rush, Tom Wilkinson
Supporting actors Steven O'Donnell, Tim McMullan, Joseph Fiennes, Steven Beard, Antony Sher, Patrick Barlow, Martin Clunes, Sandra Reinton, Simon Callow, Judi Dench, Bridget McConnell, Georgie Glen, Nicholas Boulton, Gwyneth Paltrow, Imelda Staunton, Colin Firth, Desmond McNamara, Barnaby Kay
Studio Universal Pictures
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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Format: Blu-ray
In 2003 (and at considerable expense) I bought the 'Superbit' DVD of this wonderful film to get the best picture quality I could and it was far better than the standard DVD version (even though it didn't have the extras the standard DVD did). But this January 2011 BLU RAY reissue with its superlative picture quality AND nicely complimentary extras - trumps all previous formats. And at less than ten quid, it's reasonably priced too. But to the details first...

Originally released into cinemas in early 1999, "Shakespeare In Love" was nominated for a whopping 13 Academy Awards and went on to win 7 - Best Picture, Best Leading and Supporting Actress, Screenplay, Set Design, Costumes and Music. So many things came together on this film - the inspired casting of Gwyneth Paltrow and Joseph Fiennes as Viola De Lessops and William Shakespeare, Geoffrey Rush as the permanently living-on-the-edge theatre owner Philip Henslowe (his dialogue titles this review), Colin Firth as the dastardly and arrogant Lord Wessex (wittily refers to life in 1593 as "Dallas in frocks"), right down to the ordinary-people emotion of Imelda Staunton who is superb as Viola's nurse. In fact the entire ensemble cast (Tom Wilkinson, Martin Clunes, Rupert Everett, Jim Carter and Simon Callow) are all superlative and add hugely to its overall classy feel. There's John Madden's assured direction (he did "Mrs. Brown"), the beautifully evocative score by Steven Warbeck, the 17 fully reconstructed buildings and two theatres created by the Production teams and of course the movie's true ace-in-the-hole - the stunning screenplay by Tom Stoppard and Marc Norman which successfully emulates the bard's genius while at the same time making him real and human to us.
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By A Customer on 20 April 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Stoppard certainly knows what he's about: The plot is delightful and the references elegant, clever parodies if you spot them or inconspicuous parts of the plot if you don't. And the references are on all levels: to Shakespeares plays, his unknown life and the many theories that have been made about it, and his writer and actor collegues. Normally I'd hate "the person behind the genius-films" because they miss the point that it's precisely the work, not the person, that's interesting. However, this is not so much a film about Shakespeare as a story in its own right. There is no temptation to believe that "this is really how it was" and yet the information is so true to the period that even specialists need not be annoyed by uninformed inconsistencies. It's a cornucopia of Shakespearian wit!
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Format: DVD
What can you say about this film that hasn't already been said? Nothing, its absolutely brilliant, I noticed that someone gave it one star previously. Idiot. You do not have to have an intimate knowledge of The Bard to enjoy this film, a modicum of intelligence is useful but really anyone could & should enjoy this film. Its funny, witty, beautifully written & the acting is superb throughout, especially Tom Wilkinson who to be fair is brilliant in anything he is in anyway. Its also incredibly uplifting & the final scenes with Gwyneth Paltrow walking across the beach to the words of Twelth Night whilst Stephen Warbeck's incredible score grows ever louder in the background, never fail to inspire & move me to tears. A wondrous, wondrous film!
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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Absolutely no historical foundation in fact but who cares, it is a very good story and highly entertaining. An exemplary standard of acting and some wonderful sets. The dialogue is clever and very witty and amusing at times, being a clever mix of Shakespearean and modern English. Video and Audio on the Blu-ray disc are outstanding. Recommended.
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top film.
grew a shakespear beared after watching this.
Now i look like a film director - if it was shakspearian times maybe I would be a poet? who knows - watch the film its NEWish classic.
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Format: DVD
One of the most romantic, charming and at the same time witty and humorous films about Shakespeare. With John Madden as the director "Shakespeare in Love" becomes a film to be recommended to Shakespeare-fans as well as to those who just want to enjoy a fabulous movie. However, due to all the parallels that the director drew to Shakespeare's plays - especially to Romeo and Juliet - it is recommended to have read them before in order to be able to fully understand all the allusions. Likewise a deeper knowledge about the various circumstances of the Elizabethan Age like all the customs and the social situation at that time helps to be able to follow the plot of "Shakespeare in Love". But the brilliant acting of the protagonists and their way of interpreting their roles makes the film also very interesting and just a romantic love story to everyone who doesn't know anything about Shakespeare.
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By A Customer on 25 Mar. 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Brilliant, brilliant film. Funny, sweet, sexy, and heartrending; some lovely references and in-jokes for Bard fanatics, Martin Clunes for Men Behaving Badly fanatics; great acting, great direction, and great music and FANTASTIC script; the lovely Gwyneth Paltrow and the bizarre looking (here, not generally) Judi Dench...It's all here, and it's really immensely clever, but for once the writers have used their cerebral powers and knowledge of W.S's work for good (fun), not evil (smugness) - just as the man himself did. Prithee, watch it!
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