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Last Will & Testament (2012)

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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Pbs (Direct)
  • DVD Release Date: October 15, 2013
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00EE8AIP6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,582 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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It's the greatest literary mystery of all time: Who wrote the works of William Shakespeare? Derek Jacobi leads an impressive cast featuring Oscar-winning actress Vanessa Redgrave and Tony- Award-winning actor Mark Rylance on a quest to uncover the truth behind the world's most elusive author*and discovers a forgotten nobleman whose story could rewrite history

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
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This is a well researched and organized documentary regarding who really wrote the Shakespeare works. The producers interview English professors, theater professionals and historians about what is known about William Shaksper of Stratford on Avon - and why his case for authorship is so weak. They also present a powerful circumstantial case for the 17th Earl of Oxford as the true author, based upon detailed parallels between his biography and the plots of the plays; other parallels in language and thought between his private letters and the metaphors and ideas displayed in the dramas and sonnets; and more. All in all, a sober-minded analysis of the authorship issue - and a compelling solution.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Artistic and Documentary Triumph April 22, 2013
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Regarding 'Last Will. and Testament', my compliments to the directors/producers/cinematographers.

In addition to what others have said, I think it should get into print somewhere that this film has rare artistic power and integrity to go along with a compelling historical analysis on a critical cultural subject. The flow and tension of the viewing experience make it aesthetically enjoyable. The photography has an eerie quality of rich visual depth that invites the viewer back in time for a moment.

Would like to see the uncut version. There seems to be much more to tell, and I have the idea that the 'Shakespeare' mystery veils some dangerous historical events, relationships, and tragedies. Otherwise there would have been no reason for the Stratford bamboozle in the first place.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well done January 22, 2013
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THe background to the story portrayed in the movie Anonymous. Much more compelling and reasonable than I had previously imagined - I thought most of these Shakespeare Deniers were cranks but I have a very different opinion now. Really lots of fun!
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well what do you know? December 28, 2012
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If you know little to nothing of the controversy of the authorship of the Shakespeare works, you have come to the right documentary. Whether you accept or do not accept the Stratford fellow as the author, this is a very informative step by step approach as to WHY there is controversy in the first place. The documentary is very sound and balanced and discusses the topic WITHOUT the usual millstone of emotion that normally revolves around the debate. And there is a LOT of emotion around this debate. If you have an open, scientific mind, this is a thoughtful film that deconstructs the question so that all, regardless of the level of knowledge about the history and people of the time, will come away with a good understanding of the debate. There is much to know on this subject and this film only scratches the surface.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Shakespeare authorship question March 24, 2013
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This is a fascinating examination of the Shakespeare authorship problem. There have been some very good books on the subject, but a film study is also welcome. I thought this was intelligently done.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars super cool July 2, 2013
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i loved this documentary. I agree the Shakespeare works deserve a creator with better education and experience than the Shakespeare we've been given through the years. I've left Stratford and become a believer of Oxford! :)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Last Will & Testament November 14, 2013
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Well done. This documentary presents a new dimension to the works of Shakespeare -- the identity of the author. I have seen other excellent documentaries on the subject, but none come even close to this one. As great as Shakespeare is at face value, there is so much more to be gained when his true identity is added to the equation. New meanings emerge, and it becomes clear that there is much more yet to be discovered.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To Understand or Not to Understand November 24, 2012
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I find it fascinating that we as a culture are divided into at least two camps (Probably more) -- Those who like a story the way it is, and those who want to know the story behind the story. I think when you endeavor to understand the history and the context of a story, it adds a new dimension that makes it useful for understanding how things work, even in today's world, and also, perhaps, for how to live today so as to understand broad cultural memes that affect us. Last Will & Testament asks the questions that revolve around those big questions of history and life, and that can be applied to other events of history, like the possible evolution and development of other icons, maybe even Jesus, or King Arthur. I don't believe uncovering the truth about a person or about the events surrounding their lives is ever wrong, and that choosing to ignore the context and the background often can be. I want to see and read more on this topic, and I do believe a great service has been done in this work.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Leaves questions unanswered
Interesting, and many great actors, but it failed to address many obvious questions viewers might have, such as the fact that several of Shakespeare's plays were written after de... Read more
Published 16 days ago by Phoebe C. Ellsworth
4.0 out of 5 stars A Pleasant Surprise
I don't watch network television, so I was surprised to learn recently that PBS, that bastion of pious respectability, had run a program on Edward de Vere as the probable author of... Read more
Published 25 days ago by A Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Companion to the Film "Anonymous"
There are at least two major camps on opposing sides of the question of 'who authored the written works attributed to William Shakespeare'? Read more
Published 1 month ago by Grandy 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes you think...
I was introduced to this by a professor and it really opened my eyes about many things. It called into question everything that I took for granted and made me think. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jaimee M Carpenter
4.0 out of 5 stars Writing and Education
This entertaining, sometimes absorbing documentary is based largely on Charles Beauclerk’s book, “Shakespeare's Lost Kingdom: The True History of Shakespeare and Elizabeth. Read more
Published 2 months ago by James R. Sanford
5.0 out of 5 stars A great introduction to the who-wrote-Shakespeare controversy
My interest in theatre in general, and Shakespeare in particular, has been growing the past few years. Read more
Published 2 months ago by David G. Scouffas
5.0 out of 5 stars A Rose by another Name would still smell as sweet
This is an excellent documentary that challenges the authorship of the works of William Shakespeare. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Stone Hengeblue
5.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to the SAQ
A well done even handed look at the authorship question. The use of clips from Anonymous adds character while not taking anything away from the scholarship.
Published 2 months ago by Sarah Brennan-Green
3.0 out of 5 stars Last Will & Testament
It was okay, but I thought Derek Jacobi was in it more. He is my favorite actor, and I have a collection of things he's in.
Published 2 months ago by Alice L. Nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars Meet the Earl of Oxford, a/k/a 'William Shakespeare'
LAST WILL. & TESTAMENT (2011, 55 minutes) is a fine documentary tie-in to the film Anonymous, which proposes the theory that Edward De Vere, the Earl of Oxford ("Oxenford" back... Read more
Published 2 months ago by E. Hernandez
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