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Posted December 5, 2002
For Anybody Who's Ever Wondered about what Really Happens!
This film was produced, so rumor has it, as film actor Kenneth Brennagh's flip side reaction to the stresses of making his own uncut big-ticket version of Hamlet. In A Midwinter's Tale a struggling actor, Joe, attempts to redeem himself and his art by producing Hamlet over the Christmas Holidays as a fund raiser to try to save an old church. Unfortunately, the only actors he can get run the gamut of emotional and personal problems, some of whom work them out using the rehearsal process! What Joe's cast of ''misfits and nutters'' finally manage to accomplish by the end of the film defies description. Interestingly, Brennagh made the decision to film it in black and white, which gives the film the feel of an older melodrama, rather than a modern movie. It is well acted, certainly over played in parts, but to my way of thinking, that is the entire point of the movie. A Midwinter's Tale is a movie for actors and those who love theatre. I have shown it to a number of friends who are not theatre techs, like I am, and they frankly, snoozed right through it. Nevertheless, it is funny and charming, a wonderfully realistic look at the wierd, often blackly comic reality behind putting on a theatre production. It has poignant moments that are sweet and touching and as well is a great blend of lowbrow humor and erudite cosmic questioning. If you enjoy British comedy and/or theatre, you'll probably enjoy this one too.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 15, 2002
Excellent film regarding what happens backstage
A Midwinter's Tale by Kenneth Branagh is an excellent film regarding what happens backstage during rehearsals for a show. Having grown up in Children's Theatre, I looked on with delight at visiting ''old'' friends. Most of the actors in the film have were in Henry V or have appeared on British TV. I strongly encourage people to rent this film.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.