Shakespeare Uncovered

Shakespeare Uncovered

DVD - 2013
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Six episodes combine history, biography, iconic performances, new analysis, and the personal passion of their celebrated hosts (Ethan Hawke, Jeremy Irons, Derek Jacobi, Trevor Nunn, Joely Richardson, and David Tennant) to tell the story behind the stories of Shakespeare's greatest plays.

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m
mahallett
Nov 13, 2014

done
macbeth
comedies
hamlet

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Keogh
Aug 12, 2013

Highly informative and entertaining documentary series from PBS. This highlights several of the Bard's plays, using five actors and one director to examine each in turn. Each show offers archival footage of the plays, conversations with experts and other actors on the plays and the roles. Hawke is a curious choice for looking at Macbeth; I wasn't aware he'd done that much Shakespeare, and thought someone like Ken Branagh might be more suitable. Derek Jacobi, the stellar British actor, explores Richard II, even suggesting that Shakespeare might not have written the plays. Director Trevor Nunn sheds light on The Tempest and the place in life Shakespeare was in when he wrote it. Joely Richardson brings us the lighter comedies, in the form of Twelfth Night and As You Like It, examining what each in turn meant to audiences and actors at the time and in the centuries since. David Tennant explores the greatest Shakespearean play and part by talking about Hamlet. And the best episode of the lot follows Jeremy Irons as he looks at the plays about Henry IV and Henry V. Essential viewing for fans of the Bard, and very enlightening. I hope PBS does more of these.

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