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Shakespeare in Love Excerpts

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Shakespeare in Love : Dir. John Madden. Perf. Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes and Geoffrey Rush. Miramax/Universal, 1998. 4 excerpts: Length ---- 8:50, 5:28, 1:51, and 21:34. Main characters: William Shakespeare (Joseph Fiennes) Lady Viola deLessup (Gwyneth Paltrow) Philip Henslowe (Geoffrey Rush) Mr. Fennyman (Jim Carter) Judi Dench (Elizabeth I) Ned Alleyn/Romeo (Ben Affleck) Master Tilney, Master of the Revels (Simon Callow) Plot Summary: Shakespeare in Love is the story of how William Shakespeare came to write his greatest love tragedy, Romeo and Juliet . As the movie opens, we see Shakespeare as a struggling free-lance playwright in London, trying to make his way in the hectic and competitive world of the Elizabethan theatre. Always having the example of the far-more-successful playwright Christopher Marlowe before him, and under pressure from Philip Henslowe, the owner of the Rose Theatre, to complete the play Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate’s Daughter , Shakespeare finds himself suffering from serious writer’s block. Once he meets the beautiful and unconventional aristocrat, Lady Viola deLessup, he falls in love and finds himself writing the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet , which mirrors (to a certain extent) the progress of his doomed relationship with Viola. Viola herself loves poetry and the theatre, but women are not allowed to appear on stage (in the Renaissance all women’s parts were actually played by men in women’s clothes). She decides to disguise herself as a boy, Thomas Kent, in order to take on the role of Romeo. In
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