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In this charming film, British actress Claire Bloom takes an insightful look at the art of Shakespearean acting with rich portrayals of many of Shakespeare's most memorable women including Portia, Rosalind, Imogen and Juliet. Included are a series of riveting solo reads as well as excerpts from television productions and her famous films with Laurence Olivier and Derek Jacobi.
Bloom relates her experiences playing Shakespeare's heroines throughout her long career, beginning at age 17 as Ophelia at Stratford-on-Avon, as well her prosperous years as Juliet on stage and her movie debut with Charlie Chaplin in Limelight. Bloom also provides a clear and absorbing introduction to the literature that has captivated audiences for centuries.
Shakespeare's Women will provide lovers of the Bard, and of acting in general, with an unforgettable evening of entertainment.
Few living actresses know more about playing the Bard's heroines than Claire Bloom. Your eyes will be well served by her impeccable deliveries of soliloquies by Juliet, Portia, Rosalind, Imogen, Emilia and Volumnia, and your eyes delighted by film clips of her past performances as Lady Anne and Gertrude! --Philadelphia Inquirer
This charming film is a model of how to present high art to a broad audience without losing either the art or the audience. --The Hollywood Reporter
Lovers of the Bard! A wise, witty and charming look at the art of Shakespearean acting! --Hollywood Reporter