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Much Ado About Something

Overview

Veteran documentary filmmaker Michael Rubbo dives into the age-old debate over who authored William Shakespeare's plays with this engaging, passionately argued work. In his attempts to get to the bottom of the literary world's worship of Shakespeare -- "Bardolatry" as the filmmaker calls it -- Rubbo talks to English eccentrics and snooty Americans in London, Seattle, Venice, and even "Canada of all places," hoping to answer one question: Who really wrote Shakespeare's plays? Rubbo asserts that Christopher Marlowe...
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Overview

Veteran documentary filmmaker Michael Rubbo dives into the age-old debate over who authored William Shakespeare's plays with this engaging, passionately argued work. In his attempts to get to the bottom of the literary world's worship of Shakespeare -- "Bardolatry" as the filmmaker calls it -- Rubbo talks to English eccentrics and snooty Americans in London, Seattle, Venice, and even "Canada of all places," hoping to answer one question: Who really wrote Shakespeare's plays? Rubbo asserts that Christopher Marlowe is the prime suspect. A rouge, freethinker, and atheist, Marlowe was also the most influential playwright of his day until his murder in 1593. But was he really killed? As scholar Calvin Hoffman argues in this film, Marlowe could have faked his death and fled to Italy to write some of the Western world's great works. At the same time, Rubbo argues Shakespeare's lack of an education -- he reportedly did not own a single book -- makes it unlikely that he penned such learned works as Titus Andronicus and The Tempest. This film was screened at the 2001 Toronto Film Festival.
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Special Features

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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/30/2008
  • UPC: 841887009744
  • Original Release: 2001
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  • Source: Pbs (Direct)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:30:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 64,672

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Rubbo Voice Only
Technical Credits
Michael Rubbo Director, Cinematographer, Producer, Screenwriter
David Fanning Executive Producer
Christopher Gordon Score Composer
Penelope McDonald Producer
Brian McKenzie Executive Producer
Jane St. Vincent Welch Editor
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Frontline: Much Ado About Something
2. Introduction [1:28]
3. Writers on the Writer [6:07]
4. Blazing a Mystery [5:48]
5. Who Is Marlow? [8:25]
6. Paralllelism or Plagiarism? [7:29]
7. Early Marlow [6:06]
8. The Plays [5:27]
9. Problem With Shakespeare? [7:10]
10. Doubts Around [7:25]
11. A Matter of Time [9:19]
12. English Inquisition [4:45]
13. The Plot [9:01]
14. Italy [3:25]
15. Credits [3:14]
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Disc #1 -- Frontline: Much Ado About Something
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