Shakespeare in Love

Shakespeare in Love

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Director: John Madden

Cast: John Madden, Joseph Fiennes, Gwyneth Paltrow, Geoffrey Rush

     
 

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William Shakespeare (Joseph Fiennes) is on a cold streak. Not only is he writing for Philip Henslowe (Geoffrey Rush), owner of "The Rose," a theatre whose doors are about to be closed by sadistic creditors, but he's got a nasty case of writer's block. Shakespeare hasn't written a hit in years. In fact, he hasn't written much of anything recently. Thus, the Bard finds… See more details below

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Overview

William Shakespeare (Joseph Fiennes) is on a cold streak. Not only is he writing for Philip Henslowe (Geoffrey Rush), owner of "The Rose," a theatre whose doors are about to be closed by sadistic creditors, but he's got a nasty case of writer's block. Shakespeare hasn't written a hit in years. In fact, he hasn't written much of anything recently. Thus, the Bard finds himself in quite a bind when Henslowe, desperate to stave off another round of hot-coals-to-feet application, stakes The Rose's solvency on Shakespeare's new comedy, "Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate's Daughter." The problem is, "Romeo" is safely "locked away" in Shakespeare's head, which is to say that not a word of it is written. Meanwhile, the lovely Lady Viola (Gwyneth Paltrow) is an ardent theatre-goer -- scandalous for a woman of her breeding -- who especially admires Shakespeare's plays and, not incidentally, Bill himself. Alas, she's about to be sold as property into a loveless marriage by her mercenary father and shipped off to a Virginia tobacco plantation. But not before dressing up as a young man and winning the part of Romeo in the embryonic play. Shakespeare soon discovers the deception and goes along with it, using the blossoming love affair to ignite his muse. As William and Viola's romance grows in intensity and spirals towards its inevitable culmination, so, too, does the farcical comedy about Romeo and pirates transform into the timeless tragedy that is Romeo and Juliet.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Bruce Eder
In a decade in which Shakespearean subjects had become increasingly popular, John Madden's Shakespeare In Love ripped the envelope and then some. Madden's treatment of Marc Norman's and Tom Stoppard's screenplay reminded audiences that Shakespeare's plays were works of flesh and blood, and their playwright a living, breathing human being who faced practical problems and used his best creative impulses, sometimes on the spur of the moment, to solve them. Joseph Fiennes's Shakespeare is a realistically human portrayal, the jumping-off point for one of the more robustly believable movie depictions of Elizabethan life, true to history in large measure, yet not afraid to allow some laughter and incorporate a historical conceit or two in telling its story. The movie won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Gwyneth Paltrow as Best Actress, and Judi Dench in a brief but memorable turn as Queen Elizabeth, revealed to be as quirkily and dimensionally human as Shakespeare himself.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/31/2012
UPC:
0031398147657
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
R
Source:
Miramax Lionsgate
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
2:02:00
Sales rank:
3,426

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Joseph Fiennes William Shakespeare
Gwyneth Paltrow Viola De Lesseps
Geoffrey Rush Philip Henslowe
Judi Dench Elizabeth I
Simon Callow Tilney, Master of the Revels
Colin Firth Lord Wessex
Imelda Staunton Nurse
Ben Affleck Ned Alleyn
Tom Wilkinson Hugh Fennyman
Jim Carter Ralph Bashford
Martin Clunes Richard Burbage
Rupert Everett Christopher Marlowe
Antony Sher Actor

Technical Credits
John Madden Director
Linda Bruce Associate Producer
Martin Childs Production Designer
David Gamble Editor
Donna Gigliotti Producer
Peter Glossop Sound/Sound Designer
Julie Goldstein Executive Producer
Richard Greatrex Cinematographer
Michelle Guish Casting
Marc Norman Producer,Screenwriter
David Parfitt Producer
Sandy Powell Costumes/Costume Designer
Jill Quertier Set Decoration/Design
Mark Raggett Art Director
Deborah Saban Asst. Director
Tom Stoppard Screenwriter
Stephen Warbeck Score Composer
Harvey Weinstein Producer
Bob Weinstein Executive Producer
Lisa Westcott Makeup
Edward Zwick Producer

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Scene Index

Audio commentary with Director John Madden; Audio commentary with cast and crew; Shakespeare in Love and on film; Academy Award-winning costumes; Deleted scenes; Theatrical trailer; Television spots

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