Shakespeare in Love

Directed By: John Madden Starring: Gwyneth Paltrow Joseph Fiennes

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Studio Lions Gate
SKU 220639814
UPC 031398134664
UPC 14 00031398134664
Format DVD
Release Date 9/18/2012
Sales Rank 3610
Keywords
Essential Cinema
Romance
Shakespeare
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note 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.
Reviews
Rolling Stone "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 p.84
Sight and Sound "...Style and subject are ideally matched....[Rush] is increasingly superb..." 02/??/1999 p.53-4
Entertainment Weekly "...A romance of exuberant theatricality and wit....Infused with the lifeblood of Shakespeare's passion..." -- Rating: A 03/12/1999 p.45
USA Today "...One of the year's smartest and funniest comedies..." -- 3 1/2 out of 4 stars 12/24/1998 p.4D
New York Times "...It soars freely into the realm of invention, wittily weaving Shakespearean language and emotion into an intoxicatingly glamorous romance..." 12/11/1998 p.E16
Box Office "...An inspired re-imagining of history and deft look at the relationship between art and life..." 01/01/1999 p.52
Los Angeles Times "...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 p.C1
Directors
John Madden
Actors
Gwyneth Paltrow
Joseph Fiennes
Cast & Crew
Gwyneth Paltrow - Star
Mark Williams - Star
Joseph Fiennes - Star
Colin Firth - Star
Judi Dench - Star
Jim Carter - Star
Ben Affleck - Star
Martin Clunes - Star
Tom Wilkinson - Star
Geoffrey Rush - Star
Simon Callow - Star
Antony Sher - Star
Imelda Staunton - Star
David Parfitt - Producer
Stephen Warbeck - Composer
Richard Greatrex - Director of Photography
Donna Gigliotti - Producer
David Gamble - Editor
Michelle Guish - Casting
Martin Childs - Production Designer
Harvey Weinstein - Producer
Marc Norman - Producer
Edward Zwick - Producer
Sandy Powell - Costume Designer
Marc Norman - Screenwriter
Tom Stoppard - Screenwriter
John Madden - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1998
UPC 00031398134664
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 123 minutes
Color Color
Awards
Name Judi Dench
Award Category Best Supporting Actress
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1999
Award Giver Academy Awards
Name Dame Judi Dench
Award Category Best Supporting Actress
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1998
Award Giver Academy Awards
Name Gwyneth Paltrow
Award Category Best Actress
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1998
Award Giver Academy Awards
Name Tom Stoppard
Award Category Best Original Screenplay
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1998
Award Giver Academy Awards
Name Stephen Warbeck
Award Category Best Adapted or Musical Song/Score
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1998
Award Giver Academy Awards
Name Marc Norman
Award Category Best Original Screenplay
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1998
Award Giver Academy Awards
Features
DVD, Digital Audio
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD

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