Shakespeare - The Winter's Tale / Royal Shakespeare Company, Barbican Theatre
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For a contrast of what can be accomplished with Shakespeare as film interpretation versus filmed stage production, compare Orson Welles' Othello with Richard Burton's Hamlet (both available through Amazon); both, I believe, are the ideal of each venue.
I'm no fan of productions of Shakespeare's plays that employ modern settings, or period settings that are clearly later than the time setting of the play itself. This RSC production of The Winter's Tale is, judging by costume, clearly set in the period 1890-1914, so that references to the oracle of Apollo at Delphi, "Sicilia", "Bohemia" are distracting anachronisms. All the same, Hermione and Perdita are well played, and once one gets used to the fact that one is seeing a film of a staged play things go along fairly well. Autolycus steals the show, I'm afraid. He is very entertaining, but as an embodiment of the principle of error, surrender to the impulses of "stronger blood," he cannot be taken seriously, and so the play's central theme which binds the last two acts to the first three is not well served. Nevertheless I liked the DVD well enough to use it in my undergraduate Shakespeare class.
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This interpretation is much abridged from the original and the sound quality leaves much to be desired.Published 2 months ago by WL Rubink
good performances except for Leontes, major character. production excellent. beyond Act 1, all very good.dPublished 10 months ago by Joanna G. Harris
What could be better than the Royal Shakespeare Company doing the acting?
BUT there are no captions on the disc.
A splendid production of a difficult text. Just lovely acting.Published 14 months ago by gordon sharp
I love stage plays. Really, I do. However, the magic of theatre does not translate well to television. Read morePublished on January 15, 2014 by Cheryl
An amazing production that balances the liveness of theatre with the use of the camera. Sir Antony Sher at the top of gamePublished on March 24, 2013 by Adam Marple
I actually found that this play did a good job of making a rather difficult play accessible. I was particularly impressed with the way Leontes was played ... Read morePublished on January 4, 2013 by Tamara
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