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The Two Gentlemen of Verona

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"Valentine and Proteus are best friends until they fall in love with the same girl. Having travelled to Milan in search of adventure, they both fall for the Duke's daughter Silvia. But Proteus is already sworn to his sweetheart Julia at home in Verona, and the Duke thinks Valentine is not good enough for his Silvia. With friendship forgotten, the rivals' affections quickly get out of hand as the four young lovers find themselves on a wild chase through the woods, confused by mistaken identity and threatened by fierce outlaws before they find a path to reconciliation. Simon Godwin makes his RSC debut to direct Shakespeare's exuberant romantic comedy. Simon is Associate Director of the Royal Court. His production of Strange Interlude recently played to critical acclaim at the National [...]
DVD
2015
Clemons (Stacks)
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All's Well That Ends Well

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"Helena loves the arrogant Bertram, and when she cures the King of France of his sickness, she claims Bertram as her reward. But her new husband, flying from Helena to join the wars, attaches two obstructive conditions to their marriage--conditions he is sure will never be met." -- Container.
DVD
2013; 2011
Clemons (Stacks)
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King Lear: Fear and Loathing : A Study : An Approach : A Clearing : No Thing

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An experimental adaptation of Shakespeare's King Lear: set at an exotic European resort, Godard assembles a vast array of characters whose bizarre personalities and troubled lives bear an eerie resemblance to the delirium of Shakespeare's classic.
DVD
2009; 1987
Clemons (Stacks)
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Much Ado About Nothing

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With his wedding a week away, Claudio can't wait to marry the beautiful young Hero. To distract him, his best friend Don Pedro devises mischief: a romantic trap for the sharp-tongued Beatrice and the man she loves to hate, Benedick. Their amusement is almost spoiled by the jealous scheming of Don John, but love and laughter prevail when the local constable unwittingly exposes the plot--and all the trouble proves to be much ado about nothing (111 min.).
DVD
2009; 1993
Clemons (Stacks)
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Twelfth Night, or, What You Will

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After a shipwreck, twin siblings Viola and Sebastian wash up on the shores of Illyria. Viola, disguised as a man named Cesario, takes up service with the Duke Orsino, who is madly in love with the Lady Olivia. But Olivia is in mourning over her brother's death, so Orsino sends Cesario over as an emissary of love, except that Olivia falls for Viola!
DVD
2005; 1988
Clemons (Stacks)
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In Search of Shakespeare

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An intimate look at William Shakespeare and his world.
DVD
2003
Clemons (Stacks)
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Silent Shakespeare

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In the early days of the cinema, pioneer filmmakers created these seven charming films based on the plays of William Shakespeare. Considered a "lowbrow" medium, the fledgling movie industry sought to elevate its status by immortalizing the classics and hiring the actors of the day. Most of these early photoplays were only one or two reels long but whatever they gave up in language and length, they made up for in exuberance, cinematic artistry, visual wit and bravura acting. Some films feature original hand-stenciled color.
DVD
2000; 1899
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Tempest

This production is part of a famous series produced by BBC of all of William Shakespeare's plays. The resulting films, renowned for their loyalty to the text, utilized the best theatrical and television directors and brought highly praised performances from leading contemporary actors. THE TEMPEST is a dramatic romance, weaving fancy and realism into a plot that speaks to audiences today. This timeless stage is set on an enchanted island, where an exiled Duke and two young lovers encounter the occult, finding good and evil in their own natures.
Online
2018; 1980
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Othello

This production is part of a famous series produced by BBC of all of William Shakespeare's plays. The resulting films, renowned for their loyalty to the text, utilized the best theatrical and television directors and brought highly praised performances from leading contemporary actors. Jealousy in love is one of the most common of human emotions. In OTHELLO, Shakespeare combines this universal theme with perfectly structured scenes, a storyline that lingers in the memory and a prime example of a tragic hero, Othello himself. The result is perhaps his greatest triumph as a stage play. When the evil Iago plants the seeds of doubt in Othello's mind about Desdemona's fidelity, audiences around the world have been held spellbound.
Online
2017; 1981
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In Search of Shakespeare: Episode 1 Time of Revolution [electronic resource]

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The first episode sets Shakespeare's life in the early years of Elizabeth's reign, at the beginning of Elizabeth's Cultural Revolution, with the seesaw politics of England in the twenty years since Henry VIII's split with Rome. The age is marked by the battle of conscience and power, which will lead to religious and class struggle, and eventually to Civil War. Through local documents - and with the help of the modern-day town councilors - we follow William's father's career in a small town, rising to become Alderman and Mayor. Contrary to the myth, Shakespeare came from an upwardly mobile family. Dad makes money, not only as a glover, but by money lending and illegally dealing in wool, as we learn from recently discovered court cases. His eldest son William is one of the privileged f [...]
Online
2005; 2003
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In Search of Shakespeare: Episode 2 the Lost Years [electronic resource]

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Shakespeare's "missing years" have mystified scholars for centuries. In episode two Michael Wood explores conflicting theories of how Shakespeare spent the ten years between his marriage to Anne Hathaway and his emergence as a star writer in London.
Online
2005; 2003
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In Search of Shakespeare: Episode 3 the Duty of Poets [electronic resource]

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In episode three of his historical detective story Michael Wood uncovers Shakespeare's rise to fame and fortune in Elizabethan London, and the disasters in life and love which marked his path to greatness. 1590s England was still split by religious conflict.
Online
2005; 2003
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In Search of Shakespeare: Episode 4 for All Time [electronic resource]

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In episode three of his historical detective story Michael Wood uncovers Shakespeare's rise to fame and fortune in Elizabethan London, and the disasters in life and love which marked his path to greatness. 1590s England was still split by religious conflict.
Online
2005; 2003
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A Commedia Dell'arte Hamlet [electronic resource]

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"Commedia dell'arte," a 16th century Italian dramatic genre, was well known in Shakespeare's England. Masked actors improvised on familiar plots and worked familiar characters into comedic versions of serious stories. Part farce, part deconstruction, part social commentary, the technique has been used here on scenes from Shakespeare's "Hamlet."
Online
2000; 1964
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Much Ado in Mostar [electronic resource]: A Shakespearean Collaboration

The medieval city of Mostar was the site of some of the bloodiest fighting in Bosnia-Herzegovina's early 1990s war. An important multicultural center, Mostar became segregated along ethnic lines-Muslims in the east and Catholics in the west-with the division fiercely enforced by inflammatory government rhetoric. This program profiles a group of 15- to 21-year-olds from both sides of Mostar who overcome nationalistic differences to stage Shakespeare's Much Ado about Nothing, with the help of Dartmouth College education professor Andrew Garrod. As Garrod guides them through rehearsals, the young actors talk about living with the legacy of the Bosnian War and their hopes for a new spirit of unity in Mostar.
Online
2010
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Twelfth Night [electronic resource]: Stratford Festival Classics

Shipwrecked off the coast of the mythical land of Illyria, a young woman named Viola (Seana McKenna) and her twin brother, Sebastian (Ernest Harrop), each believe the other has drowned. Disguising herself as a boy, Viola takes the name Cesario and enters the service of Illyria's Duke Orsino (Colm Feore). She is sent to woo the Countess Olivia (Maria Ricossa) on Orsino's behalf, but Olivia instead falls in love with Cesario, now love's unwilling messenger. From here the network of misguided confusions soon overtakes virtually every one of the play's characters. Viewers will find this Stratford Shakespeare Festival production not only entertaining but also ideal for studies in Shakespeare and dramatic art.
Online
1985
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King Lear [electronic resource]

Although it may seem radical even to attempt a silent version of a Shakespeare play, such films were frequently made throughout the 1910s. This adaptation of King Lear had the advantage of starring Frederick Warde, who was renowned for his many stage performances as Lear. Warde is seen in rare form here as he inhabits the character with particularly expressive physicality. This cinematic classic from 1916 has been lovingly restored and features an all-new soundtrack.
Online
2010
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Much Ado About Nothing [electronic resource]

Joseph Papp's 1972 CBS-TV production of the New York Shakespeare Festival's Broadway staging of Shakespeare's rollicking comedy is brassy, bouncy, and altogether entertaining. Featuring Sam Waterston and the Tony-nominated performances of Kathleen Widdoes and Barnard Hughes, Papp's turn-of-the-century version has Teddy Roosevelt roughriders and bicycle-riding women suffragettes, while remaining faithful to the classic tale: Beatrice and Benedick are still sparring partners fighting their merry war of words; the evil Don Jon continues conspiring to break up the wedding of Hero and Claudio; and it's once again up to Dogberry to save the day. Critically acclaimed and enormously popular with audiences, this production of Much Ado About Nothing - which was transferred to Broadway after or [...]
Online
1974
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The Taming of the Shrew [electronic resource]

This early sound adaptation of Shakespeare's classic comedy stars the legendary couple Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford as the feuding couple Katherine and Petruchio. Also starring Edwin Maxwell and Joseph Cawthorn.
Online
1929
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A Midsummer Night's Dream (in Original Pronunciation) [electronic resource]

To hear Shakespeare in its original pronunciation is truly to hear Shakespeare for the first time. Through this intimate arena production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, a talented cast directed and dialect-coached by Professor Paul Meier captures a single performance in Early Modern English pronunciation from the play's November 2010 run at The University of Kansas. This delightfully accessible production-conceived in collaboration with linguist David Crystal, the world's preeminent expert on EME pronunciation-adds a richness seldom heard since Shakespeare's time, restoring lost rhymes and wordplay.
Online
2011