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Shakespeare in Love
- Geoffrey Rush

Overview - In this well-conceived Elizabethan comedy, writers Tom Stoppard and Marc Norman ask the question: Who was William Shakespeare's muse? The answer: Viola de Lesseps, a young noblewoman who dreams of acting on a man's stage. The screenwriters deliver a cleverly crafted scenario which beautifully illustrates both the early aspirations of the playwright, and a glimpse into the culture of Elizabethan theater.  Read more...

 
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Overview

In this well-conceived Elizabethan comedy, writers Tom Stoppard and Marc Norman ask the question: Who was William Shakespeare's muse? The answer: Viola de Lesseps, a young noblewoman who dreams of acting on a man's stage. The screenwriters deliver a cleverly crafted scenario which beautifully illustrates both the early aspirations of the playwright, and a glimpse into the culture of Elizabethan theater. Colorful characters, like the Globe theater owner Henslow (played by Geoffrey Rush), the lead player in the troupe (Ben Affleck), and the Queen herself (Judi Dench), give the cast charm, wit, and feasibility. The young playwright who at the start of the film is experiencing writer's block bursts forth with a lyrical text inspired by the lovely and passionate Viola. Ultimately this film is about the making of a great play, but most importantly it is about the power of words.

Awards:
1998 - Academy Awards - Best Picture Winner
1999 - Academy Awards - Best Supporting Actress Winner
1998 - Academy Awards - Best Supporting Actress Winner
1998 - Academy Awards - Best Actress Winner
1998 - Academy Awards - Best Original Screenplay Winner
1998 - Academy Awards - Best Adapted or Musical Song/Score Winner

Cast List

Richard Greatrex - Director of Photography
Gwyneth Paltrow - Oscar Winning Actress, SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE
Tom Stoppard - Playwright/screenwriter
Mark Williams
Marc Norman - Screenwriter, SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE
Joseph Fiennes
Colin Firth - British Actor
Judi Dench - Oscar-winning British actress, SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE
Dame Judi Dench - Oscar-winning British actress, SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE
Jim Carter
John Madden - Director, SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE (1998)
Harvey Weinstein - Film producer
Edward Zwick - Director/producer/screenwriter
Sandy Powell - Costume Designer
Ben Affleck - Oscar-winning actor/screenwriter, GOOD WILL HUNTING
Martin Clunes - British actor/director, William and Mary/STAGGERED
Tom Wilkinson - British Actor
Donna Gigliotti - Producer, RESTORATION
David Gamble
Michelle Guish - Casting/Assistant Director
Martin Childs
Geoffrey Rush - Australian Actor, QUILLS (2000)
Simon Callow - British Actor
Antony Sher - Actor/"Moliere"
Imelda Staunton - British Actress/Comedienne
David Parfitt
Stephen Warbeck - Composer

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 031398134664
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Rating: R
  • Release Date: September 2012

Related Categories:
Movies > Comedies

Related Keywords:
Romance
Theatrical Release
Shakespeare
Essential Cinema

 
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Reviews:
"You can't miss with a movie that speaks the language of love with such hot-blooded delight....[SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE] spins delicious magic..." - 01/21/1999 Rolling Stone, p.84


"...Style and subject are ideally matched....[Rush] is increasingly superb..." - 02/??/1999 Sight and Sound, p.53-4


"...A romance of exuberant theatricality and wit....Infused with the lifeblood of Shakespeare's passion..." -- Rating: A - 03/12/1999 Entertainment Weekly, p.45


"...One of the year's smartest and funniest comedies..." -- 3 1/2 out of 4 stars - 12/24/1998 USA Today, p.4D


"...It soars freely into the realm of invention, wittily weaving Shakespearean language and emotion into an intoxicatingly glamorous romance..." - 12/11/1998 New York Times, p.E16


"...An inspired re-imagining of history and deft look at the relationship between art and life..." - 01/01/1999 Box Office, p.52


"...Smoothly executed....[Fiennes] has the burning eyes and brooding demeanor appropriate for a lover, and he and Paltrow, flourishing once again under a British accent and doing her best work since EMMA, have a winning chemistry..." - 12/11/1998 Los Angeles Times, p.C1

 
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